May 7, 2011 by staff
Singapore Election, Vote in general elections in Singapore began in the morning after the opening of the polls on Saturday. Voters had begun to queue even before the opening of the polling station, a Xinhua reporter at a polling station, he said.
Voting is compulsory for most of the 2.21 million voters, with the exception of the Tanjong Pagar constituency group representation led by Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Lee led a team of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) candidates to win the five seats in the constituency unopposed on nomination day on 27 April.
The fact that 82 of the 87 neighborhoods compete also makes the current most controversial elections in recent decades. The PAP has been the party in power in the republic since its independence in 1965 and took 82 of the total of 84 seats in the last general election in 2006.
There are 12 single-member constituencies and 15 districts of group representation constituencies where candidates compete in teams of four to six.
One group followed closely, Aljunied constituency group representation is the team’s Workers Party, headed by its Secretary General, Low Thia Khiang pitted against the current PAP team led by Foreign Minister George Yeo. Low was a member of parliament for 20 years in a single-member electoral district, but the opposition has never won any group representation constituency before.
Polling stations are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and results were expected within hours after the close of the polls.
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