SINGAPORE, Sept 11 : The People’s Action Party (PAP) retained power in Singapore’s keenly contested general election Friday, winning 83 of 89 parliamentary seats, according to unofficial results.
Workers Party (WP) representatives won the six seats that went to the opposition, according to the early results.
This was the 17th general election for Singapore and the 12th since the country’s independence in 1965.
It was also the first general election after the death of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in March.
The number of people eligible to vote in this general election was 2.46 million.
Candidates from nine political parties, including PAP, contested for 16 GRCs (group representation constituencies) and 13 SMCs (single member constituencies) to fill the 89 seats.
The eight other parties are the WP (which contested 28 seats), Singapore People’s Party – SPP (eight seats), Singapore Democratic Party – SDP (11 seats), National Solidarity Party – NSP (12 seats), Singapore Democratic Alliance – SDA (six seats), Reform Party – RP (11 seats), Singaporeans First – SF (10 seats) and People’s Power Party – PPP (four seats).
For the first time since 2001, two independent candidates, Han Hui Hui and Samir Salim Neji, contested in the general election.
In the last general election, in 2011, the PAP retained power by winning 81 of the 87 seats up for contest then. – Bernama