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2025 Singapore general election

← 2020 On or before 23 August 2025

All 93 elected seats
47 elected seats needed for a majority
  Lee Hsien Loong 2016 (cropped).jpg Pritam Singh at the Workers' Party general election rally, Serangoon Stadium, Singapore - 20110505.jpg Dr-Tan-Cheng-Bock-at-Nomination-Centre-1.jpg
Leader Lee Hsien Loong Pritam Singh Tan Cheng Bock
Party PAP WP PSP
Leader's seat Ang Mo Kio GRC Aljunied GRC West Coast GRC (TBC)
Last election 83
(61.23%)
10
(11.22%)
0 + 2 NCMPs
(10.18%)[1][2]
Current seats 83 10 0 + 2 NCMPs

Electoral boundaries during the Singapore general elections 2020.svg
Electoral Boundaries for Singapore General Elections

Incumbent Prime Minister

Lee Hsien Loong
PAP



General elections are scheduled to be held in Singapore by 23 August 2025 to elect the next Government of Singapore.

Background[edit]

According to Article 65(4) of the Constitution, the maximum term of any given Parliament is five years from the date of its first sitting following a general election, after which it is dissolved by operation of law. However, the prime minister may advise the President to dissolve Parliament at any time during the five-year period.[3][4][5][6] A general election must be held within three months after every dissolution of Parliament.

The elections will be held after the COVID-19 pandemic. During the previous election Workers' Party managed to win the new Sengkang GRC and managed to hold on to their strongholds Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC. The high profile casualties from the elections were former minister in Prime Minister Office and current NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng as well as Lam Pin Min and Amrin Amin.[7]

The PAP managed to barely hold on to West Coast GRC. It is first time since the GRC creation the ruling party barely hold onto the seats, despite being anchored by two 4G leaders.[8] The top scoring GRC is the neighbouring Jurong GRC.[9]

Electoral system[edit]

There are 93 elected seats in Parliament organised into 14 Single Member Constituencies (SMCs) and 17 Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs). Each SMC returns one Member of Parliament using the first past the post voting system, while each GRC returns four or five MPs by block voting, at least one of whom must be from the Malay, Indian or other minority communities. A group of candidates wishing to stand for election in a GRC must all be members of the same political party, or a group of independent candidates. The voting age in Singapore is 21 years. Elections are conducted by the Elections Department (ELD), which is under the Prime Minister's Office.[10]

Political developments[edit]

People's Action Party[edit]

The previous election marked another milestone in Singapore's electoral politics, which saw the opposition Worker's Party managed to win the newly formed Sengkang Group Representation Constituency. After the election, the ruling party reaffirmed Heng Swee Keat role as the first Assistant Secretary-General of People's Action Party for 2020-2022's Central Executive Committee. Thus, no change to the leadership succession plan.[11]

Workers' Party[edit]

After the election, Worker's Party held their party conference to elect their new Central Executive Committee for the term of 2020-2022. All Sengkang Group Representation Constituency MPs were elected to the CEC. They are delegated to deputy role in the CEC.[12]

Progress Singapore Party[edit]

After the election, Progress Singapore Party then Assistant Secretary General Leong Mun Wai and then Vice-Chairman Hazel Poa resigned their roles and focused on their NCMP roles.[13] A policy research team was established and Youth Wing and Women Wing were established to indicate the growing strength of the party in Singapore political scene.[14]

Extraparliamentary parties[edit]

Reform Party[edit]

Reform Party Secretary-General Kenneth Jeyaretnam removed then Chairman Andy Zhu from his position of the CEC and replaced him with current Chairman Charles Yeo. The party accused Zhu and his associates of didn't follow proper procedures in handling of Reform Party's bank account.[15] Zhu subsequently formed a new Singapore United Party with several former members of RP.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Progress Singapore Party's Leong Mun Wai, Hazel Poa to take up NCMP seats". Today. 14 July 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Parliamentary Elections Act – Candidates mentioned declared elected as non-constituency Member of Parliament". Notification No. 1449 of 2020 (PDF). Republic of Singapore Government Gazette. Archived (PDF) from the original on 20 June 2020. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Singapore Elections Department – Parliamentary Elections". eld.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 5 March 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  4. ^ F, Kathleen. (7 November 2018). "Singapore's GE13 could be held in 2019, say PM Lee". The Online Citizen. Archived from the original on 12 April 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Singapore General Election in 2019 'Always Possible,' Lee Says". MSN. 7 November 2018. Archived from the original on 2 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  6. ^ Stolarchuk, Jewel (7 July 2018). "GE2019? Elections Department begins training 30,000 public servants to serve as election officials". The Independent. Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  7. ^ "GE2020 official results: WP wins Sengkang GRC with 52.13% of votes, clinching its second GRC". Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  8. ^ "GE2020 official results: GE2020 official results: PAP retains West Coast GRC with 51.69% of votes against Tan Cheng Bock's PSP". Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  9. ^ "GE2020 official results: Tharman leads PAP to thumping win in Jurong GRC with 75 % of votes against RDU". Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Singapore Elections Department – About Us". eld.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 9 August 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Peoples' Action Party 35th Central Executive Committee". Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Workers' Party appoints new office bearers after Jan 5 CEC meeting". Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  13. ^ "PSP's Leong Mun Wai and Hazel Poa step down from party positions to focus on NCMP duties". Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  14. ^ "Progress Singapore Party restructures, with new youth, women's wings, and second-in-command". Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Reform Party names Charles Yeo as acting chairman in leadership reshuffle". Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Former Reform Party chairman Andy Zhu and others form new political party, Singapore United Party". Retrieved 8 January 2021.