Singaporean general election, 2017

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Before January 2017

87 (out of 99) seats to the Parliament of Singapore
44 seats needed for a majority
  Lee Hsien Loong - 20101112.jpg Low Thia Khiang at a Workers' Party general election rally, Sengkang, Singapore - 20110503 (cropped).jpg ChiamSeeTong-SDARally-20060502.jpg
Leader Lee Hsien Loong Low Thia Khiang Chiam See Tong
Leader since 2004 2001 2001
Leader's seat Ang Mo Kio GRC Aljunied GRC TBA
Last election 81 seats, 60.1% 6 seats + 2 NCMP, 12.8% 0 seats + 1 NCMP, 3.1%
Current seats 79 seats 7 seats + 2 NCMP 1 NCMP

Incumbent Prime Minister

Lee Hsien Loong

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Singapore's next parliamentary general election must be held by January 2017.[1] The Parliament of Singapore's maximum term is five years, within which it must be dissolved by the President of Singapore and elections held within three months, as stated in the Constitution of Singapore.[2] Voting is mandatory in Singapore and is based on the first-past-the-post system. Elections are conducted by the Elections Department, which is under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister’s Office.


The next General Election will be the 17th General Election in Singapore and the 12th since independence. The governing People's Action Party (PAP) will seek to secure their 14th consecutive term in office since 1959. This will be the PAP's third election with Lee Hsien Loong as its Secretary-General.

Political parties[edit]

The governing People's Action Party (PAP) has been in power since Singapore's independence in 1965, and is currently led by the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Besides PAP and WP, the other major political parties that may contest the upcoming elections are the Singapore People's Party (SPP) led by Chiam See Tong, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) led by Chee Soon Juan,[note 1][3] the National Solidarity Party (NSP) led by Sebastian Teo, the Reform Party (Singapore) (RP) led by Kenneth Jeyaretnam and the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) led by Desmond Lim, which is composed of the Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Singapura (Singapore Malay National Organization) (PKMS) and the Singapore Justice Party (SJP), the Democratic Progressive Party (Singapore) (DPP) which is newly revived and led by former SPP candidate Benjamin Pwee and the Singaporeans First which is the newest party formed and led by Tan Jee Say.

Electoral divisions[edit]

The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee normally publishes an updated list of electoral divisions just before elections are called. Prior to the latest amendments, there were fifteen GRCs, each with four, five or six seats, and twelve Single Member Constituencies (SMC). There were a total of 82 seats contested in the 2011 general elections out of a total of 87 seats.

Potential Candidates[edit]

The PAP has already introduced several new faces on the ground, touting them as potential candidates. These include research scientist, Dr Ismail Muhamad Hanif,[4] Mr Saktiandi Supaat (Bishan North), Mr Chong Kee Hiong (Toa Payoh Central),[5] head of FX Research team at Maybank and Mr Amrin Amin (Marsiling),[6] a corporate lawyer with Watson, Farley and Williams Asia Practice LLP. Lim Swee Say has confirmed that he will contest East Coast GRC again in the next election, although he anticipates a strong challenge from the opposition whereas a handful of MPs will be retiring from politics.[7] In mid 2014, Mr Ong Ye Kung, a PAP candidate who had lost in Aljunied GRC in the previous election, was transferred to the grassroots of Sembawang GRC, a PAP stronghold.[8] During the previous election, Mr Ong was touted as being of ministerial calibre.[9] Dr Koh Poh Koon, the PAP candidate who lost in the January 2013 Punggol East by-election was transferred to serve in Ang Mo Kio GRC, the Prime Minister's own GRC.[10] He was subsequently replaced by Mr Yee Chia Hsing as chairman of the PAP's Punggol East branch.

WP's member, Mr Leon Perera, has been identified by mainstream media reports as a potential candidate. Mr Perera graduated from Oxford University with double first-class honors in Economics, Politics and Philosophy and is the chief executive of Spire Research and Consulting.[11] Other potential WP candidates include Assoc Prof Daniel Goh Peisiong, a sociologist at the National University of Singapore, Shipping Lawyer & Partner Dennis Tan as well as Firuz Khan a businessman. [12]

Potential Dates of the next General Election[edit]

Some political commentators have speculated that the next General Elections could be called in 2015.[13] A 'Pioneer Generation Package' released by the government to Singapore's pioneer generation - over 450,000 Singaporeans[14] is viewed as further indication of a looming election.[15] In October 2014, some civil servants have been assigned roles and are scheduled for training for the next General Elections.[16] Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has noted that the next General Elections 'may not be when everybody is expecting it'.[17] On 7th April 2015, it was announced that there are a total of 2,460,484 electors, and eligible voters can check their particulars in the Registers of Electors through the Elections Department website, at its Prinsep Link premises, or at community centres and clubs.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ After the ruling government sued him into bankruptcy, Chee Soon Juan was barred from standing in elections. The SDP was thus led by its assistant secretary-general, John Tan, contesting in Sembawang GRC.


  1. ^ "Next General Election will be a fight to see who forms government: PM Lee". The Straits Times (Singapore). 8 December 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Constitution of the Republic of Singapore". Attorney-General's Chambers of Singapore website. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "SDP's Chee Soon Juan declared bankrupt, cannot stand for elections till 2011". Channel NewsAsia. 10 February 2006.  By Farah Abdul Rahim.
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