Closed to be confirmed are the results that Workers Party have won Hougan Single Member Constituency and Aljunied Group Representation Constituency which carry 5 Members of Parliaments. Altogether PAP suffered, reportedly a tsunami-like -7%*(updated) vote swing where it can still hang on to power with massive majority in Parliament, thanks to the gerry mandering of the constituencies which cause gross disproportionality between the votes and seats won by the Opposition. In the last general elections in 2006 the Opposition only won 2 seats even though its popular votes were 33%, compared to 66% of the ruling PAP. For the current elections the Opposition may just win 6 seats despite winning up to 47%** of the popular votes. This happens when many seats were won by PAP with paper thin majorities eg 100 votes in Opposition fortress Potong Pasir (under recount as of reporting) and 51% in Joo Chiat. More results may validate this early trend.
**Some vital details for the results:
Reform Party: 31.78%
The election is the most closely fought election ever in Singapore where PAP has been used to walkovers in half of the seats contested. Almost all -except 1 GRC were contested this time by mainly new candidates with professional backgrounds. These new candidates seems to capture high votes despite close shave with victory. They should not feel too disappointed since the election system in Singapore has given huge handicap to the PAP who some how believe in survival of the fittest!
An important repercussion from the Singapore elections is the impact it may have in Johor where UMNO reign just like the PAP in Singapore. PAP is returned to government around 1.33am.
It is clear that the slide in PAP’s votes could have been much larger if not for the followijg factors: 1.the pre-election gerrymandering-or Harry-mandering, given that Lee Kuan yew was known as Harry in his younger days; 2. massive vote-buying during elections; 3. lack of civil liberty and democratic rights in between elections, which conditioned the voters to only feel safe to vote PAP which purposely confuse the people by pretending themselves to be identical to the government. The ruling PAP is shaken to its core despite such a `win’ because they know that without the unlevel playing field and handicap they could have been consigned to history sooner than later. The sense of solidarity at the mass gatherings during the election must have boosted the collective confidence of Singaporean voters -there is no turning back for the Singaporean dictator who was finally forced to apologise for their mistakes and misdeeds in past decades. These are some of the 1sts achieved in this election for the Singaporean people.
Even though the seats gain do not reflect the votes gain by the opposition the Opposition has set the tone of the elections-which is the objection to strong man politics as embodied by the 87 year old Lee Kuan Yew who still insist on contesting his seat. Lee’s threat to sideline Aljuneid’s development aroused strong objection from the public and contributed to the win by Workers Party in the 1st ever Group Representation Constituency by the Opposition. Such anti-authoritarian demands from the people means that the Singaporean voters has finally become one of the last members of the South East Asian countries to embrace democratisation politics.