Singaporean by-elections, 1957

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By election was held on 29 June 1957 while the nomination day occurred on 18 May 1957 in Cairnhill and Tanjong Pagar was due to David Marshall from Labor Front's resignation as Chief Minister on 7 June 1956 after his initiated talks with British authorities for self-governance broke down. He had also challenged opposition leader Lee Kuan Yew from the People's Action Party to resign and recontest their respective constituencies as well which Lee did accept and follow the move, but to see David Marshall's retirement of politics on a fear of speculations of bloodly street protests and lost the seat to a new party Liberal Socialist Party while Lee Kuan Yew had retained his seat in Tanjong Pagar.

Election Deposit[edit]

The election deposit was stated at $500.



By-election 1957: Cairnhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LSP Soh Ghee Soon 2,342 40.3 N/A
Independent Goh Kong Beng 1,281 22.0 N/A
LF Keng Ban Ee 1,118 19.2 -28.4
Malay Union Tengku Muda Muhamed bin Mahmud 983 16.9 N/A
Independent Mirza Abdul Majid 91 1.6 N/A
Majority 1,061 18.3 N/A
Turnout 5,889 39.8 -14.0
LSP gain from LF Swing N/A

Note 1: As Mirza Abdul Majid had failed to secure 12.5% of the votes, he had his election deposit forfeited.

Note 2: In 1957, Singapore Malay Union (SMU) was expelled by its alliance partners consisted of UMNO and MCA for fielding a candidate in this by-election which was the reason for the elections department of Singapore to view Tengku Muda as another independent candidate.

Tanjong Pagar[edit]

By-election 1957: Tanjong Pagar
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PAP Lee Kuan Yew 4,707 68.1 -10.2
LSP Chong Wei Ling 1,315 19.0 N/A
Independent Koh Choon Hong 887 12.8 N/A
Majority 3,392 49.1 -17.4
Turnout 6,985 47.3 -10.3
PAP hold Swing N/A