Singaporean general election, 1980

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General elections were held in Singapore on 23 December 1980. The result was a victory for the People's Action Party, which won all 75 seats, the last of four consecutive elections in which they repeated the feat. Voter turnout was 95.5%, although this figure represents the turnout in the 38 constituencies to be contested,[1] with PAP candidates earning walkovers in the other 37.

Abolished constituencies do include:

  • Farrer Park. Merged with Moulmein. Lee Chiaw Meng was shifted to Tanah Merah from Farrer Park (in view of new development)
  • Geylang East. Merged with MacPherson. Ho Cheng Choon retired.
  • Upper Serangoon. Merged with Punggol. Sia Kah Hui was shifted to Paya Lebar from Upper Serangoon.

The newer constituencies are those due to the developments at Ang Mo Kio, Bedok and Clementi:

  • Ayer Rajah (from Bukit Timah)
  • Cheng San (from Serangoon Gardens)
  • Chong Boon (from Serangoon Gardens)
  • Clementi (from Bukit Timah)
  • Kaki Bukit (from Kampong Chai Chee)
  • Kebun Baru (from Ang Mo Kio)
  • Tanah Merah (from parts of Bedok & Changi)
  • West Coast (from Bukit Timah)
  • Yio Chu Kang (from Ang Mo Kio)


Party Votes % Seats +/–
People's Action Party 494,268 77.7 75 +6
Workers' Party 39,590 6.2 0 0
United People's Front 28,586 4.5 0 0
Singapore United Front 27,522 4.3 0 0
Barisan Sosialis 16,488 2.6 0 0
Singapore Malay National Organisation 13,435 2.1 0 0
Singapore Democratic Party 11,292 1.8 0 New
Singapore Justice Party 5,271 0.8 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 17,743
Total 654,452 100 75 +6
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p254 ISBN 0-19-924959-8