Singaporean general election, 2015
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Singapore's 17th parliamentary general election will be held on 11 September 2015. The Parliament of Singapore's maximum term is five years, within which it must be dissolved by the President and elections held within three months, as stated in the Constitution. 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. On 25 August 2015, President Tony Tan Keng Yam dissolved parliament and nomination day is to be held on 1 September 2015 whereas polling day is to be held on 11 September 2015.
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, and the country's first election after the death of its founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
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. The leading Opposition party is the Worker's Party, led by Low Thia Khiang. The party hold 7 elected seats and 2 NCMP seats from GE 2011. Singapore People's Party led by Chiam See Tong has 1 NCMP seat.
|Party||Leader||Year Formed||Seats before GE2015||Parliamentary Presence||Represented Colours|
|People's Action Party||Lee Hsien Loong||
City Council Elections:
|Workers' Party||Low Thia Khiang||
City Council Elections:
|Singapore People's Party||Chiam See Tong||
(2001-2011 under the SDA banner)
|Red & White|
|Singapore Democratic Party||Chee Soon Juan||
|National Solidarity Party||Sebastian Teo||
|Singapore Parliament: 2001—2006||Orange|
|Singapore Democratic Alliance||Desmond Lim Bak Chuan||
|Singapore Parliament: 2001—2011||Bright Green|
|Democratic Progressive Party||Benjamin Pwee||
|—||White & Orange|
|Reform Party||Kenneth Jeyaretnam||
|Singaporeans First||Tan Jee Say||
|People's Power Party||Goh Meng Seng||
The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee is convened before every GE to review electoral boundaries in view of population growth and shifts. The Committee is appointed by the Prime Minister. Its published list signifies the start of an election cycle.
The new electoral divisions were announced on 24 July 2015.
|Group Representation Constituencies||
|Single Member Constituencies||
|New Single Member Constituencies|
|Bukit Batok SMC||Carved out from Jurong GRC|
|Fengshan SMC||Carved out from East Coast GRC|
|MacPherson SMC||Carved out from Marine Parade GRC|
|New Group Representation Constituencies|
|Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC||Absorbed Yew Tee, Woodgrove and Marsiling divisions from both Chua Chu Kang GRC and Sembawang GRC.|
|Jalan Besar GRC||Absorbed majority parts from Moulmein-Kallang GRC and Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng division from Tanjong Pagar GRC.|
|Dissolved Single Member Constituencies|
|Joo Chiat SMC||Absorbed into Marine Parade GRC|
|Whampoa SMC||Absorbed into Jalan Besar GRC|
|Dissolved Group Representation Constituencies|
|Moulmein-Kallang GRC||Jalan Besar, Kolam Ayer, Kampong Glam division of the Moulmein-Kallang GRC and Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng division of the Tanjong Pagar GRC go into the newly formed Jalan Besar GRC. The Moulmein ward was divided into Tanjong Pagar GRC, Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC and Jalan Besar GRC.|
|Downsized Group Representation Constituencies|
|Chua Chu Kang GRC||Reduced from 5 MPs to 4 MPs|
|East Coast GRC|
|West Coast GRC|
|Changes to Group Representation Constituencies|
|Ang Mo Kio GRC||Absorbed Punggol South division from Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC and parts of Sengkang West SMC|
|Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC||Absorbed parts of Moulmein division from Moulmein-Kallang GRC|
|Chua Chu Kang GRC||Carved out Yew Tee division to Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC|
|East Coast GRC||Carved out Fengshan SMC|
|Holland-Bukit Timah GRC||Absorbed parts of West Coast GRC and parts of Moulmein division.|
|Jurong GRC||Carved out Bukit Batok SMC, absorbed parts of Clementi from West Coast GRC.|
|Marine Parade GRC||Carved out MacPherson division, absorbed Joo Chiat SMC|
|Nee Soon GRC||Carved out eastern part of Yishun, absorbed in most of Kebun Baru division from Ang Mo Kio GRC.|
|Sembawang GRC||Carved out Woodgrove and Marsiling, absorbed Canberra and parts of Chong Pang, Nee Soon East and Nee Soon South divisions from Nee Soon GRC.|
|Tanjong Pagar GRC||Carved out Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng division, absorbed parts of Moulmein division from Moulmein-Kallang GRC.|
|West Coast GRC||Carved out Clementi division and Faber private estate to Jurong GRC|
There were no changes made to the three electoral divisions held by the Workers' Party, namely, Aljunied GRC, Hougang SMC and Punggol East SMC. Potong Pasir SMC, which was until 2011, held by the Opposition, was also left untouched.
|24 July||Publication of electoral boundaries report|
|25 August||Dissolution of Parliament|
|Issuance of writ of election|
|1 September||Nomination Day|
|10 September||Cooling Off Day|
|11 September||Polling Day|
Pre-Nomination Day Events
|13 Jul||Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced in Parliament that he had convened the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee two months prior. He had instructed the Committee to create smaller Group Representation Constituencies, and to have at least 12 Single Member Constituencies.|
|24 Jul||The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee publishes report on new electoral boundaries |
|MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC Inderjit Singh is first incumbent to announce retirement. His Facebook announcement prompted PAP Organising Secretary Ng Eng Hen to comment that he would prefer MPs to announce their retirement in a more dignified manner.|
|26 Jul||Workers’ Party announces plan to contest 28 seats, an increase of 5 from GE 2011, and slightly under a third of the 89 parliamentary seats.|
|27 Jul||Elections Department announces that revised registers of electors are open for public inspection.|
|31 Jul||Chief of Defence Force Ng Chee Meng announces retirement from the military with effect from 18 Aug, making him the highest ranked defence general to enter politics  He would later tell the media— just before his Change of Command Parade on 18 Aug— that he stepped into the political arena because he was "indebted to Singapore." |
|2 Aug||National Solidarity Party announced its intention to field Nicole Seah as a candidate, but the latter confirms with the media on the same day that she would not rejoin the party, nor stand in GE 2015.|
|3 Aug||Opposition parties hold first horse-trading talks at National Solidarity Party headquarters ahead of GE. The host party had responded to a request by Reform Party to shift the meeting from its intended date of 31 Jul.|
|4 Aug||Chee Hong Tat, Second Permanent Secretary (Trade & Industry), announces resignation.|
|5 Aug||MP for Marine Parade GRC, Tin Pei Ling gives birth to first child. Goh Chok Tong pays a hospital visit and announces that Tin will stand for election in MacPherson SMC.|
|MP for Aljunied GRC, Low Thia Khiang announced that he will remain in the same GRC, quashing rumours that he might lead a team to contest in other GRCs. He, however, declined to reveal the full lineup for Aljunied.|
|6 Aug||Opposition parties hold second horse-trading talks ahead of GE. Workers' Party is absent. Sylvia Lim, Workers' Party chairman, explained to the media that it was not productive for the party to attend further talks. Reform Party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam walked out of the meeting within 15 minutes.|
|Independent Tan Lam Siong announced intent to stand in Potong Pasir, creating the first three-way fight this GE, and making him the first independent to stand since 2001.|
|7 Aug||MPs: Mah Bow Tan, former Cabinet Minister and MP for Tampines GRC, Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower and MP for Sembawang GRC, and Irene Ng, MP for Tampines GRC announce retirement.|
|8 Aug||Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, announced PAP changes in the west. Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob would leave Jurong GRC and join the new Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. Three-term MP for West Coast GRC, Arthur Fong would step down.|
|11 Aug||MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC and Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew announces retirement from politics, making him the first cabinet minister to step down before GE 2015. He would later comment that it seemed like "obituaries and eulogies without the flowers", while referring to the outpour of support after his announcement.|
|12 Aug||Organising Secretary Ng Eng Hen announces that the ruling party will formally unveil its entire slate of candidates before the National Day Rally held on 23 Aug. First of 29 electoral divisions to be unveiled is Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, where he is anchor minister. Wong Kan Seng, Hri Kumar Nair and Zainudin Nordin are replaced by Chee Hong Tat, 41, Chong Kee Hiong, 49 and Saktiandi Supaat, 41. Incumbent Josephine Teo, 47, remains. Unlike its traditional practise of introducing candidates at its party headquarters, the PAP chose a coffeeshop to hold the media conference.|
|Low Thia Khiang responded that Workers' Party would unveil its own slate of candidates before Nomination Day, but would not indicate where the candidates would be standing.|
|13 Aug||Melvin Yong, Director- Public Affairs Department, Singapore Police Force announces resignation. Straits Times reports that he may stand for election as a PAP candidate in Tanjong Pagar GRC.|
|14 Aug||People’s Action Party unveils candidates for Sembawang GRC, led by Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development and PAP Chairman. The new faces are Amrin Amin, 36, lawyer and Ong Ye Kung, 45, director at Keppel Corporation. The other two candidates are Vikram Nair and Lim Wee Kiak. Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower, and Ellen Lee, a two-term MP will step down.|
|The Singapore Police Force announces that election rallies and seventh month festival getai shows must be kept separate, following news that at least two political parties had intended to engage getai singers to perform at election rallies.|
|15 Aug|| People’s Action Party unveils candidates for three electoral divisions:
|Former cabinet minister Raymond Lim announces retirement. Fengshan SMC, formerly part of East Coast GRC has been carved out to be a Single Member Constituency for GE2015.|
|16 Aug|| People’s Action Party unveils candidates for four electoral divisions:
| Workers’ Party announced that all its elected MPs from the last Election (and by-elections) will be defending their respective wards:
|17 Aug||People's Action Party announced that incumbent Sitoh Yih Pin, 51, will be defending his seat in Potong Pasir SMC.|
|18 Aug||National University of Singapore hosts a political dialogue, where population issues— including influx of foreign workers— took centerstage. Other issues included the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council saga and transportation. Party representatives included: Benjamin Pwee, Gerald Giam, Goh Meng Seng, Harminder Singh, Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss, Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Paul Tambyah, Steve Chia, Sim Ann and Tan Jee Say.|
|19 Aug|| People's Action Party unveiled its slate for two more electoral divisions.
|National Solidarity Party announces that it will contest MacPherson SMC, creating possibly the second three-cornered fight this GE. Acting Sec-Gen Hazel Poa quits within hours of the announcement, declaring that she strongly disagreed with Steve Chia's decision to contest ward.|
|20 Aug|| People's Action Party unveiled its slate for two more electoral divisions.
|The Elections Department announced several changes:
|21 Aug|| People's Action Party confirmed its candidates for the following electoral divisions:
|Singapore Democratic Alliance is the first party to publish its manifesto, hoping to "build a Singapore for Singaporeans". Issues highlighted include: The Population White Paper, Central Provident Fund (CPF) and retirement, as well as, housing, healthcare costs, public transport, employment and education.|
|22 Aug|| People's Action Party confirmed its candidates for the following electoral divisions:
|Singapore People's Party announced that Ravi Philemon will contest Hong Kah North SMC.|
|Singapore Democratic Party opened its new office at Ang Mo Kio Street 62 and announced that it is “good and ready to go” for the election.|
|23 Aug|| National Solidarity Party chairman Steve Chia announced that he would not be contesting in the coming election, citing online abuse.
|Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong holds his annual National Day Rally and says, "Soon, I will be calling elections, to ask for your mandate to take Singapore into our next phase." It marks the first time the PM has publicly acknowledged an impending GE.|
|24 Aug||National Solidarity Party Central Executive Council member Mohamed Fazli Talip left the party, the second resignation within a week.|
|25 Aug||3PM: President Tony Tan, on the advice of the Prime Minister, dissolves the Parliament.|
|4PM: President Tony Tan issues writ of election. Nomination Day is 1 Sep; Polling Day is 11 Sep.|
|Ng Wai Choong, Chief Executive of the Energy Market Authority, is appointed Returning Officer.|
|Singapore Democratic Party holds a media conference to introduce its first two candidates— Chong Wai Fung, 45, and Khung Wai Yeen, 34. The event is streamed live via YouTube.|
|Elections Department publishes a 67-page Parliamentary Election Candidates 2015 handbook, advising candidates against "negative campaigning practices". Candidates or polling agents can observe the process to transport sealed ballot boxes from the polling stations to counting centres. In addition, drones are not allowed at rallies.|
|26 Aug|| People's Action Party confirmed its candidates for the following electoral divisions:
|Workers' Party unveiled its campaign theme, Empower your future. Secretary General Low Thia Khiang was quoted as saying, " What we need to succeed in future may not be the same as what we depended on in the past." The leading Opposition party also introduced its new candidates, without indicating where they would stand: Daniel Goh Pei Siong, 42, Redzwan Hafidz Abdul Razak, 30, and Dylan Ng Foo Eng, 40. Koh Choong Yong, 42, contested in Sengkang West in 2011.|
|Singapore Democratic Party introduced two candidates: Jaslyn Go and Paul Tambyah.|
|Following Steve Chia's withdrawal from GE2015, Reform Party indicates intent to contest Pioneer SMC if the NSP decides to pull out from that ward.|
|Opposition parties Singaporeans First, Singapore Democratic Alliance, Reform Party, Democratic Progressive Party, People's Power Party launch the Vote for Change campaign, as a sign of unity among alternative parties and urge supporters to purchase a badge with the VFC acronym. Organisers tell the media that Workers’ Party and Singapore People's Party ignored the invite.|
|27 Aug|| People's Action Party confirmed its candidates for the following electoral divisions:
84 candidates have been unveiled by the ruling party at this point, with the exception of opposition held Aljunied GRC.
| Reform Party unveiled its first group of candidates.
|Singapore Democratic Party introduces its 5th and 6th (of 11) candidates: John Tan and Sidek Mallek. |
|Workers' Party introduces 4 candidates: Terence Tan, 44, Firuz Khan, 48 , Luke Koh, 41, and Cheryl Denise Loh, 31.|
|28 Aug||Daniel Goh 'categorically refute baseless allegations' of an extra-marital affair in a letter addressed to the party and the media. He later lodges a police report|
|People's Action Party unveils its final five of 89 candidates. The team to stand in opposition held Aljunied GRC consists of Yeo Guat Kwang, 54, Chua Eng Leong, 44, Victor Lye, 52, K Muralidharan Pillai, 47, and Shamsul Kamar, 43. |
|Reform Party introduces its candidates for Ang Mo Kio GRC: M Ravi, Roy Ngerng, Gilbert Goh, Osman Sulaiman, Jesse Lo and Siva Chandran.|
|Workers' Party introduces its third batch of candidates: Ron Tan, 30, He Ting Ru, 32, and Adrian Sim, 43. L Somasundaram, 52, who contested in Moulmein-Kallang in 2011 was also unveiled as a candidate. |
|Singapore Democratic Party introduces its 4th pair of candidates: Bryan Lim, who contested in Hong Kah in 2001, and Damanhuri Abas.|
|Singaporeans First introduces 5 of 10 candidates: Secretary-General Tan Jee Say, 61, Fahmi Rais, 48, Wong Chee Wai Gregory, 48, Chirag Desai, 38, and Melvyn Chiu Weng Hoe, 36.|
|Elections Department receives 220 applications for the Political Donation Certificate— a mandatory item for all candidates— by the 5pm deadline, on par with the 220 it received in 2011. |
The Elections Department issued the following information upon the issuance of the writ of election
- Date: 1 September 2015
- Time: 1100 - 1200h
- Returning Officer: Ng Wai Choong
- Election Deposit: S$14,500 (down from S$16,000 in 2011)
|Nomination Centre||Electoral Division|
|Assumption Pathway School||Bukit Panjang SMC
Holland Bukit Timah GRC
|Bendemeer Primary School||Radin Mas SMC
Jalan Besar GRC
Tanjong Pagar GRC
|Chua Chu Kang Primary School||Hong Kah North SMC
Chua Chu Kang GRC
|Fengshan Primary School||Fengshan SMC
Punggol East SMC
East Coast GRC
Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
|Keming Primary School||Bukit Batok SMC
West Coast GRC
|Kong Hwa School||MacPherson SMC
Potong Pasir SMC
Marine Parade GRC
|Poi Ching School||Hougang SMC
|Raffles Institution||Sengkang West SMC
Ang Mo Kio GRC
Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
|Yishun Primary School||Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC
Nee Soon GRC
The following is based on media reports and announcements made by various parties. The list will only be finalised on Nomination Day.
|Party||No of Candidates Fielded||No of Divisions Contested|
|People's Action Party||89||29|
|Singapore People's Party||5 or 6||4 (1 with DPP)|
|Singapore Democratic Party||11||5|
|National Solidarity Party||12||4|
|Singapore Democratic Alliance||6||1|
|Democratic Progressive Party||2 or 3||1 (with SPP)|
|People's Power Party||4||1|
|__ Independents||3 or more||3 or more|
Outgoing Incumbents & Incoming Candidates
The below is a summary for the three political parties with parliamentary prescence from GE2011.
|People's Action Party|
|1. Alvin Yeo (Chua Chu Kang)
2. Arthur Fong (West Coast)
3. Ellen Lee (Sembawang)
4. Hawazi Daipi (Sembawang)
5. Hri Kumar Nair (Bishan-Toa Payoh)
6. Inderjit Singh (Ang Mo Kio)
7. Irene Ng (Tampines)
8. Lee Kuan Yew (Tanjong Pagar)*
9. Lui Tuck Yew (Moulmein-Kallang)
10. Mah Bow Tan (Tampines)
11. Penny Low (Pasir Ris-Punggol)
12. Raymond Lim (East Coast)
13. Seng Han Thong (Ang Mo Kio)
14. Wong Kan Seng (Bishan-Toa Payoh)
15. Zainudin Nordin (Bishan-Toa Payoh)
|First time candidates
1. Amrin Amin (Sembawang)
2. Chee Hong Tat (Bishan-Toa Payoh)
3. Cheng Li Hui (Tampines)
4. Cheryl Chan (Fengshan)
5. Chong Kee Hiong (Bishan-Toa Payoh)
6. Chua Eng Leong (Aljunied)
7. Darryl David (Ang Mo Kio)
8. Henry Kwek (Nee Soon)
9. Joan Pereira (Tanjong Pagar)
10. K Muralidharan Pillai (Aljunied)
11. Lee Hong Chuang (Hougang)
12. Louis Ng (Nee Soon)
13. Melvin Yong (Tanjong Pagar)
14. Ng Chee Meng (Pasir-Ris Punggol)
15. Rahayu Mazam (Jurong)
16. Saktiandi Supaat (Bishan-Toa Payoh)
17. Shamsul Kamar (Aljunied)
18. Sun Xueling (Pasir-Ris Punggol)
19. Tan Wu Meng (Jurong)
20. Victor Lye (Aljunied)
21. Yee Chia Hsing (Chua Chu Kang)
22. Desmond Choo (Tampines)
23. Koh Poh Koon (Ang Mo Kio)
24. Ong Ye Kung (Sembawang)
|Nil.||First time candidates
Cheryl Denise Loh
He Ting Ru
Redzwan Hafidz Abdul Razak
Koh Choong Yong
|Singapore People's Party|
[*] - Died before the general elections.
- Elections in Singapore
- Constituencies of Singapore
- List of Singaporean electoral divisions
- List of political parties in Singapore
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