1977 Singaporean by-elections

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Background[edit]

There were 2 by elections held in 1977 where both People's Action Party's Member of Parliament, N. Govindasamy and Lim Guan Hoo had died which vacates Radin Mas and Bukit Merah respectively. Through co-operation within the opposition camp, no 3 corner / multiple corner fights were shown in both by-elections.

First 1977 By Election (May)[edit]

With the demise of N. Govindasamy who was the then incumbent of Radin Mas, it sets the first by election in 1977 with the polling day on 14 May 1977 and the nomination day was set on 4 May 1977.

Second 1977 By Election (July)[edit]

With the demise of Lim Guan Hoo who was the then incumbent of Bukit Merah, it sets the second by election in 1977 with the polling day on 23 July 1977 and the nomination day was set on 13 July 1977.

Election deposit[edit]

The election deposit was set at $1200. Similar with previous elections, the election deposit will be forfeited if the particular candidate had failed to secure at least 12.5% or one-eighth of the votes.

Results[edit]

First 1977 By-election (May): Radin Mas
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Bernard Chen Tien Lap 12,053 70.6 -5.1
WP Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam 5,021 29.4 +5.1
Majority 7,032 41.2 -10.2
Turnout 17,415 94.6 -2.5
PAP hold Swing -10.2
Second 1977 By-election (July): Bukit Merah
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Lim Chee Onn 11,625 72.2 -4.2
BS Lee Siew Choh 4,473 27.8 +27.8
Majority 7,152 44.4 -8.4
Turnout 16,482 97.0 +0.3
PAP hold Swing -4.2

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