Singapore Votes

Singapore Elections Department have announced that voting hours are being extended from 20:00 local time to 22:00 due to reports of long queues outside polling stations.

Singapore extends voting by two hours. Polling stations to close at 10pm today.

Singaporeans today vote in the general election but with masks and gloves on to stem the spread of the infection. 

After a nine-day campaign that took place mostly online as rallies were banned to cut the risk of infection, voters cast their ballots with a raft of strict safety measures in place.

Polls opened at 8:00 am (0000 GMT) and will close at 8:00 pm, with final results expected early on Saturday.

Voters have been given recommended time slots in which to cast ballots, with senior citizens the first to head to the ballot box in the morning.

The People´s Action Party (PAP), which has governed Singapore for six decades, is assured of victory but faces opposition with some popular candidates backed by the estranged brother of the country´s premier.

The affluent financial hub had seen large virus outbreaks in dormitories housing low-paid foreign workers, but with new infections slowing and authorities easing a partial lockdown, the government decided to call the poll.

The opposition has accused the PAP of being “irresponsible”, but officials insist they have done enough to ensure the 2.65 million eligible voters can cast their ballots safely.

“I think (the measures) should be enough for everyone to be safe… I think everything should be fine,” 22-year-old voter Terence Ng told AFP.

But long queues formed in some places because of the gauntlet of extra checks, and officials urged people to check the situation at their polling stations before setting off to vote.

There are 2.65 million voters registered to vote in 1,100 polling stations across the island nation. They will choose 93 MPs in 17 group representation constituencies (GRC) – which are meant to ensure multiracial representation in the parliament of Singapore, where ethnic Chinese make up the majority of the population – and 14 single-seat wards.

Published by Naresh Sagar

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