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2020 Singaporean General Election

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2020 Singapore general election

 2015 10 July 2020

All 93 elected seats (+ up to 12 NCMP seats)
to the Parliament of Singapore
47 elected seats needed for a majority
Registered2,653,942
 
Leader Lee Hsien Loong Pritam Singh
Party PAP WP
Leader since 3 December 2004 8 April 2018[1]
Leader's seat Ang Mo Kio GRC
(Teck Ghee)
Aljunied GRC
(Eunos)
Last election 83
(69.86%)
6 + 3 NCMPs
(12.48%)
Current seats 82[2] 6 + 3 NCMPs


Incumbent Prime Minister

Lee Hsien Loong
PAP


The 2020 Singaporean general election is scheduled for Friday, 10 July 2020.[3] It will elect Members of Parliament to the 14th Parliament of Singapore since Singapore's independence in 1965, using the first-past-the-post electoral system. Voting is mandatory for all Singaporeans aged 21 or above as of 1 March 2020 for the purpose of this election.[4]

This election will be the 18th general election in Singapore and the 13th since independence.[5] The ruling People's Action Party (PAP) is seeking to secure their 15th consecutive term in government since 1959. 192 candidates (including 73 new candidates and one independent candidate) from 11 parties will be contesting, the most ever in the history of Singapore, surpassing the record set from the 2015 election. Two constituencies, Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC and Pioneer SMC, will see a three-cornered fight, with the former being the first multi-cornered contest inside a Group Representation Constituency since the 1992 Marine Parade by-election 28 years prior. This election also marks the second consecutive election not to have a walkover in any constituency.[6]

Background

According to Article 65(4) of the Constitution, the maximum term of any given Parliament is five years from the date of its first sitting following a general election, after which it is dissolved by operation of law. However, the Prime Minister may advise the President to dissolve Parliament at any time during the five-year period.[7][8][9][10] A general election must be held within three months after every dissolution of Parliament. Elections are conducted by the Elections Department (ELD), which is under the Prime Minister's Office.[11]

There are 93 elected seats in Parliament organised into 14 Single Member Constituencies (SMCs) and 17 Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs). Each SMC returns one Member of Parliament using the first past the post voting system, while each GRC returns 4 or 5 MPs by block voting, at least one of whom must be from the Malay, Indian or other minority communities. A group of persons wishing to stand for election in a GRC must all be members of the same political party, or a group of independent candidates. The voting age in Singapore is 21 years.

On 23 June 2020 at 4 pm SGT, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced during a live televised announcement that President Halimah Yacob had dissolved the 13th Parliament of Singapore on the same day and had issued a writ of election with nominations to be held a week later on 30 June 2020.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19]

The Returning Officer is Tan Meng Dui, a former Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of National Development and current CEO of the National Environment Agency. This is his first election as Returning Officer, taking over from Ng Wai Choong who had served in this role in the previous general election.[20][21][22]

Political parties

The governing People's Action Party (PAP) has been in power since 1959 and is currently led by the Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong. The leading opposition party is the Worker's Party led by Pritam Singh, with six elected seats and three NCMP seats. A total of ten opposition parties are challenging the ruling party in this election.[23]

Party Abbreviation Leader Year formed Seats before GE2020 Parliamentary presence
People's Action PartyPAPLee Hsien Loong
1954
82
Legislative Assembly:
1955-1965[24]
City Council Elections:
1957-1965[25]
Singapore Parliament:
1965–Present
Workers' PartyWPPritam Singh
1957
6 + 3 NCMPs
Legislative Assembly:
1961-1963[26]
City Council Elections:
1957-1959[25]
Singapore Parliament:
1981–1986; 1991–Present
Singapore Democratic PartySDPChee Soon Juan
1980
0
Singapore Parliament:
1984–1997
National Solidarity PartyNSPSpencer Ng
1987
0
Singapore Parliament:
2001–2006
Singapore People's PartySPPSteve Chia
1994
0
Singapore Parliament:
1997–2015
Singapore Democratic AllianceSDADesmond Lim Bak Chuan
2001
0
Singapore Parliament:
2001–2011
Reform PartyRPKenneth Jeyaretnam
2008
0
People's Power PartyPPPGoh Meng Seng
2015
0
Peoples VoicePVLim Tean
2018
0
Progress Singapore PartyPSPTan Cheng Bock
2019
0
Red Dot UnitedRDURavi Philemon
2020
0

Changes in election process

The Elections Department introduced several new features for this election to help ease the election process for voters, candidates and election volunteers. Voters will be able to mark their candidate(s) choices more clearly using self-inking pens and enjoy shorter queuing time with the introduction of the e-registration system. Candidates are able to fill in most of the necessary documents online while election volunteers are able to count the number of votes within a shorter duration with the help of counting machines, enabling election results to be released at least 50 minutes earlier.[27][28] In addition, there will be more polling stations, reducing the average number of voters per polling station from 3,000 to about 2,400. Senior citizens above the age of 65 will be given priority to vote between 8am and 12pm on Polling Day.[29]

Non-constituency Member of Parliament

On 27 January 2016, a bill was passed for the Constitution, increasing the total number of members by three to 12 members. This is the first increase for the number of members allocated since the 2011 Singaporean general election, where it was increased from three members to nine.[30] As in the case for previous elections, NCMPs are offered to the best-performing non-elected opposition candidates, with the number determined by the total number of opposition candidates elected; if there are at least 12 oppositions-elect, then NCMPs will not be offered, as previously seen in the 1991 election. The names of the eligible candidates are announced a few days after the polling day. Candidates may decline the post if offered, as was seen previously in the 1984[31] and 2015 elections.[32][33]

Electoral divisions

2015 2020
Seats
89
93
Electoral divisions
29
31
Group representation constituencies
16
17
Four-Member GRCs66
Five-Member GRCs811
Six-Member GRCs20
Single member constituencies
13
14
Voters
2,458,058
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Voters (overseas votes inclusive)
2,462,926
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The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee is made up of senior civil servants and charged with adjusting the boundaries of electoral divisions prior to an election. The government officially claims this as necessary to ensure minority participation in Parliament amidst demographic changes while ensuring an equitable amount of voters represented per MP, though critics have raised allegations of gerrymandering to disadvantage the opposition.[34][35][36][37] As of 2015, there were 16 GRCs and 13 SMCs. Prime Minister Lee convened the committee on 1 August 2019 with instructions to reduce the size of GRCs and increase the amount of SMCs.[38][39] The exact date of formation was revealed only when Opposition Leader Pritam Singh asked Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing in a written reply in Parliament.[40]

The Committee released its report on 13 March 2020 with the formation of 17 GRCs and 14 SMCs.[41][42] For the first time since 1991, six-member GRCs were eliminated and reduced to five. A new Sengkang GRC was formed from portions of the former Punggol East and Sengkang West SMCs and the boundaries of Tampines GRC were altered for the first time since 2001, due to the increase in population in the northeastern area of Singapore. Four new SMCs were also carved out (Kebun Baru, Yio Chu Kang, Marymount and Punggol West), three former SMCs were absorbed into neighbouring GRCs (Fengshan, Punggol East and Sengkang West), while two SMCs (Hong Kah North and Potong Pasir) had their boundaries modified. The remaining SMCs and four GRCs (Aljunied, Holland–Bukit Timah, Jurong and Tanjong Pagar) were left untouched, though the Workers' Party raised questions on the abolition of SMCs that it had previously contested and lost by a narrow margin. The changes saw about 13% of voters being allocated to a new constituency and increased the amount of seats from 89 to 93.[42]

Electoral Boundaries

The changes made in the electoral divisions are as follows:

Name of GRC Changes
Ang Mo Kio GRC Ward downsized to five members
Absorbed western portions of Sengkang West SMC
Carved out Yio Chu Kang division into SMC
Bishan–Toa Payoh GRC Carved out Bishan North division into SMC, and Novena and Balestier to Jalan Besar GRC
Absorbed Toa Payoh portion from Potong Pasir SMC
Chua Chu Kang GRC Carved out Nanyang division to West Coast GRC and portions of Tengah New Town into Hong Kah North SMC
East Coast GRC Ward upsized to five members
Absorbed Fengshan SMC
Jalan Besar GRC Absorbed portions of Novena and Balestier portion from Bishan–Toa Payoh GRC
Marine Parade GRC Carved out a major portion of Bidadari into Potong Pasir SMC
Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC Absorbed portions of Woodlands and Innova from Sembawang GRC
Nee Soon GRC Carved out Kebun Baru division into SMC
Absorbed portions of Simpang and Yishun from Sembawang GRC
Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC Ward downsized to five members
Carved out Punggol West division into SMC, Sengkang Central division to Sengkang GRC, and Tampines North to Tampines GRC
Sembawang GRC Carved out Woodlands and a few parts of Innova to Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC, and portions of Simpang and Yishun to Nee Soon GRC
Sengkang GRC New Constituency
Formed from Punggol East SMC, eastern portions of Sengkang West SMC, and Sengkang Central from Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC
Tampines GRC Absorbed Tampines North from Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC
West Coast GRC Ward upsized to five members
Absorbed portions of Nanyang from Chua Chu Kang GRC and Bulim portion of the Hong Kah North SMC

Disruptions from COVID-19 pandemic

During a Straits Times forum on 11 March, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said that the timing of the elections could be affected in view of the worsening pandemic.[43] On 25 March, Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean told Parliament that he believed it would be unconstitutional for the President to form a caretaker government unless a state of emergency had been recommended by the Cabinet to the President.[44]

On 28 March, Tan Cheng Bock responded to Teo's comments by saying that the unconstitutional nature of a caretaker government as a result of a postponing a general election would be far more preferred than having a health emergency by exposing millions of Singaporeans to potential COVID-19 infection.[45]

On 7 April, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing introduced the Parliamentary Elections (COVID-19 Special Arrangements) Bill to Parliament which would allow voters under Stay-Home Notices or Quarantine Orders related to COVID-19 to vote outside of their normal electoral divisions in the upcoming General Election.[46] The Bill was passed by Parliament on 4 May and assented to by the President on 15 May.[47] The Parliamentary Elections (COVID-19 Special Arrangements) Act 2020 came into operation on 26 May.[48]

The restrictions on gatherings of more than five people meant that opposition parties seemed unlikely to gather for their usual discussions to avoid a possible multi-party fights in certain constituencies.[49]

Restrictions on election campaigning

On 18 June, the ELD introduced temporary measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, such as no rallies and TV screenings pertaining to the election are to be held, instead replacing with e-rallies and a new "Constituency Political Broadcast",[50] and nomination centres will no longer admit members of the public or supporters during nomination day. Walkabouts and campaigning vehicles are still allowed, though safe distancing and minimal physical contact still applies, and candidates are also not allowed to make speeches or physical rallies, including during the campaigning from campaigning vehicles, meaning that there will be no parades held by the candidates after the election,[51] though it can still broadcast any pre-recorded messages.[52][53]

Restrictions during polling day

During polling day, voters are given a recommended two-hour time slot (from 8am to 8pm) on their ballot card as a measure to counter long queues during polling; measures for safe distancing still applies, and voters with fever or respiratory symptoms are denied entry to the polling station;[54] however, their names are delisted from the name of voters due to a constitution where voting is mandatory, but voters are not required to pay the $50 fee for reinstating names after polling ended.[55][56]

For overseas voting (which will be held in ten cities, comprising of Dubai, London, Tokyo, Beijing, Washington D.C., Hong Kong, Shanghai, San Francisco, New York and Canberra), voting will be subject to the approval of the authorities in the affected countries, while ELD announced that they would be announcing the arrangements for returning Singaporeans who are issued a mandatory 14-day stay home notice to vote in hotels and reducing the risk of infecting others.[57][58][59] These arrangements were announced on 30 June, when the Singapore government announced that special polling stations will be set up in Marina Bay Sands and JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach to accommodate voters serving their stay-home notices in the two hotels.[60]

Political developments

People's Action Party (PAP)

On 13 March 2016, the PAP MP for Bukit Batok SMC David Ong resigned over personal indiscretions with a party grassroots activist. In the subsequent Bukit Batok by-election, the People's Action Party candidate and former Aljunied GRC candidate Murali Pillai defeated the opposition Singapore Democratic Party candidate Chee Soon Juan to reclaim the seat for the PAP.[61]

In the lead up to the 2017 Singapore presidential election, Speaker of Parliament and MP for Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC Halimah Yacob resigned from the party on 7 August 2017 to fulfil regulations prohibiting the President of Singapore from any party affiliations.[62] As she had vacated her seat in Parliament, there were calls for a by-election, though the Court of Appeal eventually ruled that there was "no duty to call a by-election when a single vacancy arises in a GRC".[63]

On 23 November 2018, Heng Swee Keat and Chan Chun Sing were respectively elected as the party's first and second assistant Secretary-General to the PAP's 35th Central Executive Committee.[64] The two assistant posts were seen as an indicator of Lee Hsien Loong's successor, given that the upcoming election is likely to be Lee's last.[65] Following the announcement of Heng Swee Keat's appointment as the sole Deputy Prime Minister on 1 May 2019, succeeding Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, former MP Inderjit Singh said that the PAP intends to showcase Heng's imminent ascent to the top post and dispel rumours of any surprises in the leadership succession.[66][67]

Workers' Party (WP)

On 3 November 2017, then-Secretary General and Aljunied GRC incumbent MP Low Thia Khiang announced during a speech on the party's 60th anniversary that he would not contest the next party elections.[68] During the party's 2016 Central Executive Committee election, Chen Show Mao had mounted a surprise challenge for the leadership post but lost the election to Low in a 41–65 vote. In the leadership election on 8 April 2018, Pritam Singh was elected unopposed as successor to Low as the party's new Secretary-General.[69]

Observers say that the lack of a contest was a good sign of internal unity, and that the party is keen to demonstrate its multiracial credentials now that it has a non-Chinese secretary-general, for the first time since 2001 with J. B. Jeyaretnam.[70]

On 30 April, Low was hospitalised due to a head injury, and was discharged on 21 May.[71][72] On 25 June, while Low was on rehabilitation, the party announced he (and along with Chen and Png Eng Huat) will not seek election for the first time in his 32-year career; while on his interview, he cited his satisfaction on his leadership and success for the party, saying 'I felt my work was done'.[73][74][75]

New parties

  • 2011 presidential election candidate and former Ayer Rajah SMC MP Tan Cheng Bock returned to politics under the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) that he founded together with several previously contested candidates on 18 January 2019.[76] The PSP was registered by the Registrar of Societies on 28 March 2019.[77] The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) announced on Friday (June 26) its line-up of candidates for all the nine constituencies it will be contesting, with party chief Tan Cheng Bock leading a team in West Coast GRC, a ward that has his constituency of Ayer Rajah.[78]
  • Former leader of the National Solidarity Party (NSP), Lim Tean founded Peoples Voice which was registered by the Registrar of Societies on 31 October 2018.[79][80]
  • On 29 May 2020, Ravi Philemon and Michelle Lee, former members of the PSP, announced that they had submitted an application to register a new political party, Red Dot United, with the Registrar of Societies.[81] The party was registered on 15 June 2020.[82]

Other parties without parliamentary presence

Timeline

Map of contested electoral divisions among opposition parties
Date Event
13 MarchPublication of the Electoral Boundaries report[42]
15 AprilCertification of Registers of Electors[96]
8 June Appointment of POFMA alternate authorities during election period[97][98]
18 June Release of preliminary campaigning guidelines[99]
23 June Dissolution of 13th Parliament; Writ of Election issued[12][13][14]
26 JuneDeadline of Submission of Political Donation Certificates[3]
30 June Nomination Day[14][100]
30 June–8 JulyCampaigning Period
2 JulyFirst Political Party Broadcast[101]
3–8 JulyConstituency Political Broadcasts[101]
9 JulyCooling-off Day and Second Political Party Broadcast[101]
10 July Polling Day[3]

Pre-nomination day events

List of notable events that occurred prior to Nomination Day on 30 June 2020. All times are reflected in Singapore Standard Time (SGT).

Date Party Events Source
1 March The Registers of Electors revised eligible candidates with a cut-off date of 29 February. The certification was enacted on 15 April. [96]
13 March The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee published a report on new electoral boundaries. [42]
21 April WP announced that NCMP Daniel Goh will be stepping down from its central executive committee (CEC) of the Workers' Party due to health reasons, and not be running in the next General Election. [102]
30 April Aljunied GRC incumbent Low Thia Khiang was warded to the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital's ICU ward following a head injury, and the party informed on the hospitalization three days later on 3 May. Low was transferred to a general ward on 4 May, and eventually discharged on 21 May. [71][72]
13 June PSP announced that it will contest with 29 candidates at the election as opposed to 44 earlier, coming after talks with other opposition parties. It also announced that the West Coast GRC candidates are almost confirmed. [103]
15 June RP unveiled a batch of seven candidates: Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Andy Zhu, Noraini Yunus and Darren Soh, as well as first-time candidates Charles Yeo, Mahaboob Batcha and Gurdev Singh. [104]
18 June The Elections Department Singapore released preliminary campaigning guidelines pertaining to campaigning and social distancing amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, just a day before Singapore enters the second phase of reopening. [99]
PSP unveiled its first batch of six candidates: Francis Yuen Khin Pheng, Muhammad Taufik Supan, Sri Nallakaruppan, Brad Bowyer, Gigene Wong and Hazel Poa. [105][106]
20 June SPP unveiled its candidates for two constituencies:
  • Bishan–Toa Payoh GRC: Steve Chia, Williiamson Lee, Osman Sulaiman and Melvyn Chiu
  • Potong Pasir SMC: Jose Raymond
[107]
21 June SDP secretary-general Chee Soon Juan announced his candidacy for Bukit Batok SMC, which he had previously contested in the 2016 by-election. [108]
23 June At 4pm, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held a televised announcement highlighting future challenges facing Singapore and the relative stability of the COVID-19 situation, then announced the dissolution of the 13th Parliament of Singapore; President Halimah Yacob dissolved the parliament and the writ of election is published. Returning officer Tan Meng Dui adjourned nominations to be held 30 June, and Singapore would go to the polls on 10 July.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Member of Parliament of Jalan Besar GRC, announced his retirement on Facebook. [109]
PSP leader Tan Cheng Bock announced plans to contest eight constituencies: West Coast GRC, Choa Chu Kang GRC, Tanjong Pagar GRC, Hong Kah North, Marymount, Pioneer, Yio Chu Kang, and Kebun Baru, as well as trim the list to 24 candidates. The party's also unveiled a second batch of candidates: Tan Meng Wah, Kayla Low, A’bas Bin Kasmani, Choo Shaun Ming, Harish Pillay and Ang Yong Guan. [110][111]
WP released a video with a slogan, "Make Your Vote Count", featuring 12 faces of the party, including leader Pritam Singh, chairperson Sylvia Lim, NCMP Dennis Tan, former Punggol East SMC MP Lee Li Lian and former NSP member Nicole Seah. [112]
RDU unveiled the first three candidates: Ravi Philemon, Michelle Lee Juan, and Liyana Dhamirah. They also announced that they will be fielded only in Jurong GRC, and were prepared to pass the contest to PV to avoid a possible multi-cornered contest. [113]
PPP secretary-general Goh Meng Seng announced that the party will be contesting MacPherson SMC and Radin Mas SMC. [114]
24 June RP leader Kenneth Jeyaretnam announced they will withdraw from West Coast GRC to facilitate opposition unity even though the team had contested there in 2015, avoiding a potential three-cornered fight with the PAP and PSP. It will now only contest in Radin Mas SMC, Yio Chu Kang SMC and Ang Mo Kio GRC, allowing a three-cornered contest for Yio Chu Kang. [115]
PSP unveiled Lee Hsien Yang, younger brother of Lee Hsien Loong and also the younger son of Lee Kuan Yew, as a party member. The younger Lee is considering contesting the election. [116][117]
PAP announced that there will be 26 new candidates this election which will be unveiled over the next few days, but declined to reveal where the candidates would be standing. The first two groups of four new candidates were announced as followed:
  • Desmond Tan Kok Ming, Edward Chia Bing Hui, Ivan Lim Shaw Chuan and Nadia Ahmad Samdin
  • Don Wee Boon Hong, Hany Soh Hui Bin, Mohd Fahmi Aliman and Yip Hon Weng
[118][119]
PV chief Lim Tean announced that the party will be contesting Punggol West SMC and Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC, anticipating a three-cornered contest for the latter. [120][121]
SDP announced via Zoom that the party will be contesting Holland–Bukit Timah GRC, Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC, Bukit Panjang SMC and Yuhua SMC. [122]
NSP secretary-general Spencer Ng announced that the party will be contesting Tampines GRC and Sembawang GRC and withdrawing from Pioneer SMC to back PSP. [123]
RDU unveiled its fourth candidate for Jurong GRC: Nicholas Tang Jian Ye [124]
25 June PV announced its intention to contest Jalan Besar GRC, Mountbatten SMC, Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC, Pioneer SMC and Punggol West SMC. [125]
PAP unveiled three more batches of new candidates, respectively introduced by Heng, Masagos Zulkifli and Grace Fu:
  • Ng Ling Ling, Tan Kiat How, Tan See Leng and Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim
  • Yeo Wan Ling, Alvin Tan Sheng Hui, Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah and Eric Chua Swee Leong
  • Derrick Goh Soon Hee, Raymond Lye Hoong Yip and Poh Li San

Emeritus Senior Minister and Marine Parade GRC MP Goh Chok Tong, announced his retirement on Facebook after serving Marine Parade for 44 years.

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Perennial candidate Ooi Boon Ewe picked up nomination forms and revealed that he will be standing at Bukit Panjang SMC; if nominated, this would be Ooi's second election since 2001 after unsuccessful nominations in the interim elections, and also the second consecutive election with independent candidates standing. [130]
WP announced its intention to contest East Coast GRC, Marine Parade GRC, Sengkang GRC and Punggol West SMC, while defending its current seats in Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC to be helmed by former NCMPs Gerald Giam and Dennis Tan, respectively. The party also introduced four new candidates: Muhammad Azhar Abdul Latip, Louis Chua Kheng Wee, Nicole Seah and Yee Jenn Jong. Incumbent MPs Low Thia Khiang, Chen Show Mao and Png Eng Huat will step down as MPs and not contest in the election. [131][74]
Tan Jee Say announced on his Facebook that he had dissolved Singaporeans First and encouraged its former members to join other opposition parties. [94]
PPP secretary-general Goh Meng Seng announced his candidacy in MacPherson SMC against PAP incumbent Tin Pei Ling, while also withdrawing their interest in contesting Radin Mas SMC and backed RP. [132]
PSP unveiled a batch of five candidates including a former SAF colonel, a former senior lieutenant-colonel and a lawyer: Nadarajah Loganathan, Wendy Low, Kumaran Pillai, Damien Tay Kian Ping and Michael Chua Teck Leong. [133]
RP secretary-general Kenneth Jeyaretnam was required to serve a mandatory 14-day stay-home notice at a designated stay-home-notice facility after a visit to the United Kingdom, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Health and the Elections Department. Jeyaretnam requested for a waiver, but MOH declined his request. [134]
SDP held an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, where Reddit users were able to ask the SDP questions about its views pertaining to the upcoming election. [135]
26 June Elections Department revealed that they have received a total of 226 political donation certificates at the time of closing, an increase of six from the count of 220 compared to the 2015 elections, including 37 Malay Community Committee certificates and 35 for Indian and Other Minority Communities Committee. [136]
PAP vice-chairman Masagos Zulkifli and Chan Chun Sing unveiled its final batch of new candidates at separate sessions, including the first woman brigadier-general:

Transport Minister and Sembawang GRC MP Khaw Boon Wan announced his retirement.

[137][138]
[139]
RDU announced its final candidate for Jurong GRC, ex-SDP candidate Alec Tok Kim Yam, thus completing the five-member lineup that earlier include Ravi Philemon, Michelle Lee Juan, Liyana Dhamirah and Nicholas Tang Jian Ye. [140][141]
PSP unveiled its final batch of six new candidates: Lim Cher Hong, Kala Manickam, Leong Mun Wai, Terence Soon Jun Wei, Abdul Rahman Mohamad and Jeffrey Khoo Poh Tiong. Later in the day, the party indicated that they will be contesting in Nee Soon GRC in addition to the initial eight constituencies it was planning to contest in, along with the full lineup for each of them. Lee Hsien Yang is not listed among the candidates for now. [142][143]
[144][145]
WP chairman Sylvia Lim unveiled two first-time candidates: Raeesah Begum Farid Khan and Jamus Jerome Lim Chee Wui, and three previously-contested candidates Dennis Tan Lip Fong, Dylan Ng Foo Eng, and Ron Tan Jun Yen. The party also announced the candidates that they would stand to defend their constituencies, while the other four constituencies will be revealed later only after nomination day: [146][147]
RP chairman Andy Zhu accused PSP of reneging on an agreement to not contest Yio Chu Kang SMC in return for RP withdrawing from West Coast GRC. PSP assistant secretary-general Leong Mun Wai later denied that a deal had been reached and "apologised for any misunderstandings", though it did not make any further concessions. [148]
27 June PAP released its manifesto for the upcoming election, as well as its slogan: "Our Lives, Our Jobs, Our Future". The party's secretary-general Lee cited that in a normal election, the party would have focused on long term plans for the nation; however, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, their manifesto would instead be about "overcome(ing) this crisis of a generation". PAP also announced that 20 MPs had confirmed their political retirement, among which was deputy speaker and Punggol East SMC MP Charles Chong.

PAP's candidate Ivan Lim Shaw Chuan was criticized online as "lacking compassion, and being arrogant and elitist", but Lim later rebutted the criticism saying that "people can have different perspectives of the same incident" and said on an interview that he was "determined to stay the course". Nevertheless, he withdrew from the nomination later that night, with the party accepting his decision.

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[151][152]
[153]
After SDP pointed out how the PAP had already erected its flags in Marine Parade GRC, the Elections Department clarified that the rules pertaining to the display of posters and banners during election period did not apply because Nomination Day had not yet passed. A volunteer from the PAP branch office of Marine Parade claimed that the flags were put up "as part of National Day celebrations", and that the erection of its flags had been done annually "for the past 20 to 30 years". [154]
PSP expressed concerns over the requirement to submit its scripts in advance to the Infocomm Media Development Authority and Mediacorp for the preparation of subtitles for political broadcasts on TV; organising secretary Michael Chua Teck Leong said that the submission of scripts at least 48 hours in advance was "disturbing" and was worried that its scripts could be leaked.

PSP member Lee Hsien Yang responded to the controversy surrounding PAP candidate Ivan Lim Shaw Chuan, saying that it raised questions about the PAP's candidate screening process, and commented on how the PAP was not prepared for the controversy.

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RP released its manifesto for the election with the slogan: "Build Back Better, Fairer", citing the goals of overcoming obstacles during the pandemic. [157][158]
SDA Chairman Desmond Lim announced his decision to step down after the election, and would relinquish his post to SDA's chief media officer Harminder Pal Singh. [159]
WP secretary-general Pritam Singh and chairman Sylvia Lim introduced five new candidates: three first-timers Nathaniel Koh Kim Kui, Tan Chen Chen and Muhammad Fadli Mohammed Fawzi, and Kenneth Foo Seck Guan and Terence Tan Li Chern, whom had previously contested in Nee Soon GRC and Marine Parade GRC respectively. Singh also urged for a greater opposition presence in parliament, saying that the PAP would still retain a strong mandate as it would be contesting in every (93) seat, compared to the WP contesting 21. [160][161]
PPP released its manifesto for the election, and secretary-general Goh Meng Seng announced that this will be his final involvement in a general election. He reiterated his belief that he could contribute more to Parliament as an opposition member if elected, compared to his counterpart Tin Pei Ling from the ruling PAP, though he acknowledged her contributions to MacPherson. [162]
DPP announced that they will not be participating in the general election and backed its informal alliance with RP and PPP. [95]
NSP confirmed that they will not be contesting in MacPherson SMC and backed PPP. [163]
Three members of PV were approached by the police around Pasir Ris MRT Station (within Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC) while they were doing community outreach after they were seen carrying a placard with photos of PAP MPs sleeping in Parliament on the placard. PV secretary-general Lim Tean claimed that this incident was the "sort of harassment that opposition members find themselves under all the time"; a police spokesman later said that PV's actions "amounted to a public demonstration, which requires a police permit." [164][165]
28 June PAP unveiled the candidates for three electoral divisions:

PAP's candidate Shawn Huang Wei Zhong was criticised online about his tenure as a NDP commander in 2018 by a Warrant Officer in charge of the NDP logistics control group then. Huang later tried to contact the post writer; however, the post was later removed. In a second post from him, he also explained the history of the change of his surname from Ingkiriwang to Huang.

[166][167]
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WP released its 39-page manifesto for the upcoming election, of which eight pages were devoted to the COVID-19 pandemic. WP secretary-general Pritam Singh and chairman Sylvia Lim introduced a final batch of four candidates, among which were new candidate Abdul Shariff Aboo Kassim, former NCMPs and Aljunied GRC candidates Leon Perera and Gerald Giam (both previously contested in East Coast GRC) and He Ting Ru (previously contested in Marine Parade GRC). Singh further explained WP's slogan "Make Your Vote Count", in that WP MPs must be voted into Parliament in order to serve the public in Parliament and strengthen democracy, adding that there was a "real risk" of a wipeout of elected opposition MPs. Giam, He and Perera, the party's manifesto team, listed and explained the proposals that the party was planning to put forward. Meanwhile, Lee Li Lian announced that she will not seek candidacy this election. [170][171]
[172]
SPP launched their manifesto for the election, titled "A Better Tomorrow", which highlights current issues, ranging from the cost of living and climate change to promoting greater democracy, among others. [173][174]
[175]
RDU released a 12-page charter during a Zoom teleconference; Ravi Philemon mentioned the charter is to give Singaporeans a choice that "allowing Singaporeans to point the Government towards the directions they would want the Government to take", while Michelle Lee Juan urged to give Singaporeans leverage so that "they alone can continue to operate Singapore (the way) they wish to." [176][177]
Independent candidate Victor Ronnie Lai announced that he is planning to contest in Pioneer SMC; if nominated, Pioneer SMC could see a rare four-cornered contest for the first time since the 1997 general election (for Chua Chu Kang SMC) and the 2013 by-election. [178]
29 June The Elections Department announced that applications for vehicles with loudspeakers installed will open after 2pm during nomination day, though only pre-recorded campaigning messages are allowed for broadcast. They also announced arrangements for overseas voters which embassies are allowed to be open subject to the approval of the authorities, and returning Singaporeans will cast their votes in designated hotels whilst serving a mandatory 14-day stay home notice. ELD will announce further changes after the nomination. [52][53]
[57][58]
[59]
PAP unveiled the candidates for six electoral divisions:
  • Tanjong Pagar GRC: Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing will defend the constituency, along with incumbent Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Indranee Rajah and backbencher Joan Pereira, and two newcomers Eric Chua Swee Leong and Alvin Tan Sheng Hui; backbencher Chia Shi-Lu will not stand for election.
  • Radin Mas SMC: Current Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Melvin Yong will replace outgoing Minister of State Sam Tan.
  • Jalan Besar GRC: Manpower Minister and Bishan–Toa Payoh GRC incumbent MP Josephine Teo will join the GRC to lead a team with incumbent mayor Denise Phua, Senior Minister of State Heng Chee How, and a newcomer Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah; backbencher Lily Neo will not seek re-election.
  • Jurong GRC: Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will defend the constituency along with Senior Parliamentary Secretary Tan Wu Meng, backbencher Rahayu Mahzam, and two newcomers, Shawn Huang Wei Zhong and Xie Yao Quan (the latter replacing recently-withdrew candidate Ivan Lim Shaw Chuan). Social and Family Development Minister Desmond Lee and Ang Wei Neng were announced to be fielded elsewhere in another constituency.
  • Ang Mo Kio GRC: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will defend this constituency along with incumbent MPs Darryl David and Gan Thiam Poh, and two newcomers, Ng Ling Ling and Nadia Samdin; the party did not announce the whereabouts for the other three MPs Intan Azura Mokhtar, Ang Hin Kee and Koh Poh Koon, but later confirmed that only Koh would be fielded elsewhere in Tampines GRC. Hours after the reveal, Ng was the third PAP candidate to be criticised online about her attempt to take credit for setting up the Social Service Institute, the training arm of National Council of Social Service (NCSS) during her speech and later responded that her role was to help operationalise the institute. Former NMP and then-president of NCSS Gerard Ee mentioned her role on the incident was a "mere Freudian slip".
  • Kebun Baru SMC: Incumbent Nee Soon GRC MP Henry Kwek will defend the constituency.

Nee Soon GRC backbencher Er Lee Bee Wah confirms her retirement on Facebook and will be replaced by Carrie Tan Hui Min. The PAP lineup for the constituency was yet to be announced at the time.

[179][180]
[181][182]
[183][184]
[185][186]
[187]
In response to WP secretary-general Pritam Singh's earlier point that there could be a wipeout of elected opposition MPs, PAP secretary-general Lee Hsien Loong said that the possibility was an unrealistic outcome, claiming that Singh's argument was "a tactic" and added that he was "using reverse psychology". Two other PAP incumbent candidates, Chan Chun Sing and Indranee Rajah, also responded to Singh's point, saying that it would be a mistake for voters to think that the PAP would return to power effortlessly, while adding that it was important for the PAP to get a "clear and strong endorsement" from the people. [188][189]
On their Facebook page, SDP first unveiled two new candidates that it will be fielding for the election, Alfred Tan and Min Cheong; hours later, they unveiled another three candidates, first-timer Robin Low, James Gomez and ex-DPP leader Benjamin Pwee. [190][191]
[192]
Former SF secretary-general Tan Jee Say posted on Facebook that he was seeking approval to rejoin SDP; if the party accepts his return, Tan will return to SDP for the first time since 2011, when he resigned from the party to seek candidacy for the presidential election held that year. [193]
PSP released its 13-page manifesto which focused on economical, social and political development, as well as its "resurgence strategy" to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. PSP also launched its slogan for the election, entitled "You Deserve Better". PSP member Lee Hsien Yang urged Singaporeans to vote to end the PAP's supermajority and allow for greater diversity in Parliament, claiming that the Singapore government was suffering from "eunuch’s disease" and adding that the PAP supermajority has led to group-thinking but lack rigour in discussion and debate on policies. [194][195]
[196][197]
SDA released its manifesto for the upcoming election, entitled "SDA: A Heart for the People", which seeked to tackle areas where SDA felt Singaporeans were struggling with, such as the cost of living, social inequality and immigration, among other issues. [198]

Nomination day

On 30 June 2020 from 11am to 12 noon SGT, each candidate filed their nomination papers (along with the approval of a proposer, a seconder and at least four assentors), a political donation certificate (by before 26 June), and paid an election deposit of S$13,500 (down from S$14,500 in the previous 2015 election, but also the same amount as seen in the 2016 by-election) in one of the nine designated schools or through online to complete their application. Additionally, in the case for Group Representation Constituencies, their team must consist of at least one minority candidate and must also submit a community committee form (Malay or Indian/other minority which is dependent on the constituency's requirements).[3]

The list of nine schools designated as nomination centres were:[14]

School Participating constituencies
Bendemeer Primary School Bishan–Toa Payoh GRCM, Jalan Besar GRCM, Radin Mas SMC, Tanjong Pagar GRCIO
Chongfu School Kebun Baru SMC, Marsiling–Yew Tee GRCM, Nee Soon GRCIO, Sembawang GRCM
Deyi Secondary School Aljunied GRCM, Ang Mo Kio GRCIO, Marymount SMC, Yio Chu Kang SMC
Jurong Pioneer Junior College Chua Chu Kang GRCM, Hong Kah North SMC, Pioneer SMC
Kong Hwa School MacPherson SMC, Marine Parade GRCM, Mountbatten SMC, Potong Pasir SMC
Methodist Girls’ School Bukit Panjang SMC, Holland–Bukit Timah GRCIO
Nan Hua High School Bukit Batok SMC, Jurong GRCIO, West Coast GRCIO, Yuhua SMC
Poi Ching School Hougang SMC, Tampines GRCM
St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School East Coast GRCM, Pasir Ris–Punggol GRCM, Punggol West SMC, Sengkang GRCM
  • M- Indicates a GRC requires a Malay minority candidate; IO- Indicates a GRC requires an Indian or other minority candidate

As in the case of previous elections, candidates will lose their deposit if they are unable to garner at least one-eighth (12.5%) of the valid votes cast within the contested constituency.

During the same day, school bells could be heard ringing in some of the Nomination Centres, including Kong Hwa School and Jurong Pioneer Junior College. Both schools insisted that lessons would still be conducted throughout the same day, implying that they are not fully closed to the students. This marked the first time school bells in the Nomination Centres could be heard ringing during a live election-related television or online broadcast hosted in Singapore.

Pre-polling day events

This is a list of events that occurred from nomination day until the eve of polling day on 10 July 2020.[199] All times below are reflected in Singapore Standard Time (SGT). Similar to previous elections since 2011, candidates begin campaigning from the end of nominations day until two days before polling day. The eve of polling day and after the last day for the campaigning period is cooling-off day, during this time in which campaigning is prohibited except for party political broadcasts.

Date Party Events Source
30 June Nominations were held from 11am for an hour at nine designated schools. At the close of nominations, the Elections Department confirmed a combined 192 candidates representing from 11 parties and one independent (up from 179 in the last general election) contesting all of the 31 constituencies and 93 parliamentary seats. This makes it the second constitutive election with an all-contest and no uncontested walkovers. [199][200]
[201]
Three independent candidates, Ooi Boon Ewe, Shirwin Eu and Cheng Peng Wah were seen in Methodist Girls' School, Kong Hwa School and Jurong Pioneer Junior College respectively; of the three, Cheng was the sole independent candidate to have his nomination papers confirmed for Pioneer SMC. [200][201]
[202]
PAP confirmed the team for 16 electoral divisions: [200][201]
[202]
WP confirmed its team lineup for four electoral divisions:
Tan Jee Say was confirmed to have returned to SDP, and he would lead a team to contest Holland–Bukit Timah GRC alongside James Gomez, Min Cheong and Alfred Tan. Alongside the electoral divisions confirmed were:
  • Bukit Panjang SMC: Paul Tambyah
Following the confirmation of nominations for Bukit Batok SMC, incumbent PAP candidate Murali Pillai became the fourth PAP candidate to receive online criticism, this time from a post about his son. In response, Murali hit back, calling the post containing the criticism a "scurrilous attack against my family", adding that the timing of the post "leaves nothing to the imagination". His opponent, Dr Chee Soon Juan from SDP, said that he stood with Murali as well and criticised the post, writing that "politics is about ideas on how we can make our nation better, not personal attacks like this." [203][204]
It was revealed that Lee Hsien Yang would not be contesting in the election only after nominations had closed. PSP secretary-general Tan Cheng Bock later said that he wanted Lee to remain "as neutral as possible"; Lee also said that he decided against contesting in the election as he believed that "Singapore does not need another Lee." [205][206]
[207]
During nomination day, while opposing parties were allowed to scrutinise nomination papers, both teams fielded by PAP and PSP respectively to contest Tanjong Pagar GRC found discrepancies in the opposing team's paperwork; however neither team objected to the opposing team, allowing the contest to go ahead. PAP's team saw a technical lapse in the PSP team's nomination paper (by not filling in the name of the constituency they were going to contest in); PAP later informed PSP of their technical lapse. PAP anchor minister Chan Chun Sing told the media that they wanted the voters "the chance to give us a strong mandate", and "not give that choice to residents just because of a technical error". Similarly, the PSP team spotted a potential error in the PAP team's nomination forms as well, with PSP candidate Michael Chua Teck Leong pointing out that PAP candidate Eric Chua Swee Leong had listed his occupation incorrectly. [206][207]
[208]
PV confirmed its team lineup for two electoral divisions:

Online e-rallies

E-rallies serve as a replacement to physical rallies, unavailable due to precautionary measures in place because of the ongoing pandemic. ELD published a list of ten Internet-ready venues daily for campaigning, with applications open after nomination day.[citation needed]

Date Party Notes Source
30 June Began campaigning on Facebook. [209]

Political Broadcasts

Similar to previous elections since 1980, parties with at least six candidates are eligible for participating in the party broadcast, with the allocated time depending on the number of participating candidates.

Constituency Political Broadcasts

In a historic first for elections, a new Constituency Political broadcast will be held between 3 and 7 July on 7pm every evening during the campaigning period. The allotted time for broadcast is three-minutes per candidate. The broadcasts are pre-recorded.

Incumbent/Outgoing Members of Parliament (MPs)

Below is a summary for the political parties with parliamentary presence from GE2015.

New Candidates

A list of 73 candidates contesting in the election for the first time, were reflected on the table. (Candidates running as independents do not have a party logo but have a different logo reflected in the party column).

NameAgeOccupationPartyContested Constituency
Williamson Lee 40 Company vice-chairman Bishan–Toa Payoh GRC
Jose Raymond 49 Chief Strategy Officer, SW Singapore Potong Pasir SMC
Desmond Tan Kok Ming 50 Former chief executive, People's Association Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC
Edward Chia Bing Hui 36 Co-founder, Timbre Group East Coast GRC
Nadia Ahmad Samdin 30 Associate director, TSMP Law Corporation Ang Mo Kio GRC
Hany Soh Hui Bin 33 Lawyer and Director, MSC Law Corporation Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC
Don Wee Boon Hong 43 Senior vice-president, United Overseas Bank Chua Chu Kang GRC
Fahmi Aliman 48 Deputy chief executive, Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, and director, NTUC Administration and Research Unit Marine Parade GRC
Yip Hon Weng 43 Former group chief, Silver Generation Office at the Agency for Integrated Care Yio Chu Kang SMC
Tan Kiat How 42 Former IMDA chief executive and Founder, Silver Generation Office East Coast GRC
Tan See Leng 55 Former managing director and chief executive officer, IHH Healthcare Marine Parade GRC
Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim 39 Law firm, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson Chua Chu Kang GRC
Ng Ling Ling 48 Former director, Ministry of Health's Office for Healthcare Transformation (community engagement) Ang Mo Kio GRC
Derrick Goh Soon Hee 51 Head Managing Director, Group Audit at DBS Bank Nee Soon GRC
Poh Li San 45 Vice-President, Terminal 5 Planning of Changi East Development, Changi Airport Group Sembawang GRC
Yeo Wan Ling 44 Founder, Caregiver Group and Caregiver Asia Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC
Alvin Tan Sheng Hui 39 Industrial planner and head, LinkedIn Tanjong Pagar GRC
Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah 42 Senior Lecturer, Republic Polytechnic (Sports & Exercise Science at the School of Sports) Jalan Besar GRC
Eric Chua Swee Leong 41 Former company chairman and Commander of the 3rd SCDF Division Tanjong Pagar GRC
Gan Siow Huang 46 Former air force brigadier-general and deputy CEO, National Trades Union Congress' Employment and Employability Institute Marymount SMC
Rachel Ong Sin Yen 47 Chief executive, Rohei West Coast GRC
Mohamed Sharael Taha 39 Vice-president, Singapore Aero Engine Services (strategy and project management office) Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC
Alex Yeo Sheng Chye 41 Lawyer and Director, Niru & Co LLC Aljunied GRC
Raymond Lye Hoong Yip 54 Managing Partner, Union Law LLP Sengkang GRC
Mariam Jaafar 43 Managing director, Boston Consulting Group Sembawang GRC
Shawn Huang Wei Zhong 38 Director, Enterprise Development Group at Temasek Holdings Jurong GRC
Xie Yao Quan 35 Head of healthcare redesign, Alexandra Hospital, cousin of Ong Ye Kung[210] Jurong GRC
Carrie Tan Hui Min 38 Founder, Daughters of Tomorrow Nee Soon GRC
Chan Hui Yuh 44 Former MRT train announcer and Marketing director, Jingslink Marketing Aljunied GRC
Nadarajah Loganathan 57 Adult educator and former SAF Lieutenant Colonel West Coast GRC
Wendy Low 43 Lawyer, Eldan Law LLP Tanjong Pagar GRC
Kumaran Pillai 49 CEO, Apple Seed Kebun Baru SMC
Damien Tay Kian Ping 51 Customer service manager, Summit Power International Nee Soon GRC
Michael Chua Teck Leong 55 Business director and former Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Tanjong Pagar GRC
Lim Cher Hong 42 Author and chartered financial consultant, CHFC Pioneer SMC
Leong Mun Wai 60 Founder, Timbre Capita West Coast GRC
Terence Soon Jun Wei 29 Pilot, Singapore Airlines Tanjong Pagar GRC
Kala Manickam 52 Adult educator and Former platoon commander Nee Soon GRC
Jeffrey Khoo Poh Tiong 51 Chief marketing officer, APAC West Coast GRC
Abdul Rahman Mohamad 67 Consulting engineer, Institution of Fire Engineers UK Chua Chu Kang GRC
Tan Meng Wah 56 Associate professor, Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Chua Chu Kang GRC
Choo Shaun Ming 23 Undergraduate, National University of Singapore Chua Chu Kang GRC
Harish Pillay 60 Director, Red Hat Tanjong Pagar GRC
A’bas Kasmani 67 Senior trainer Tanjong Pagar GRC
Kayla Low Shu Yu 43 Chartered accountant Yio Chu Kang SMC
Francis Yuen Kin Pheng 67 Former SAF Lieutenant Colonel and Director, Huarui Aerosystems Chua Chu Kang GRC
Sri Nallakaruppan 56 IT professional and investment specialist Nee Soon GRC
Bradley Bowyer 53 Media consultant Nee Soon GRC
Taufik Supan 40 IT project manager Nee Soon GRC
Gigene Wong 54 Senior manager Hong Kah North SMC
Alfred Tan 54 Director, Kopi Ong Holland–Bukit Timah GRC
Min Cheong 35 Marketing and communications professional Holland–Bukit Timah GRC
Robin Low 45 Entrepreneur, Industrial & Services Co-Operative Society Ltd (ISCOS) Yuhua SMC
Liyana Dhamirah 33 Business Operations Specialist, Catalyse Consulting Jurong GRC
Nicholas Tang Jian Ye 28 Legal engineer, Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP Jurong GRC
Charles Yeo 30 Criminal defence lawyer Ang Mo Kio GRC
Raeesah Begum Farid Khan 26 Activist and founder, Reyna Movement Sengkang GRC
Jamus Jerome Lim Chee Wui 44 Associate professor of economics, ESSEC Business School, Asia-Pacific Sengkang GRC
Louis Chua Kheng Wee 33 Equity Research Analyst, Credit Suisse Sengkang GRC
Muhammad Azhar Abdul Latip 34 Gig economy worker and Grab driver Marine Parade GRC
Nathaniel Koh Kim Kui 36 IT professional Marine Parade GRC
Tan Chen Chen 38 Contracts administrator Punggol West SMC
Muhammad Fadli Mohammed Fawzi 45 Lawyer, Inkwell Law Corporation Marine Parade GRC
Abdul Shariff Aboo Kassim 54 Former researcher East Coast GRC
Sivakumaran Chellappa 57 Educator Mountbatten SMC
Nor Azlan Bin Sulaiman 49 Certifier, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS) Jalan Besar GRC
Michael Fang Amin 43 Medical administrator and entrepreneur Jalan Besar GRC
Leong Sze Hian 66 Blogger and financial adviser Jalan Besar GRC
Mohamed Nassir Ismail 63 Freelance economics lecturer Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC
Prabu Ramachandran Business financial manager Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC
Jireh Lim Kay Cheow 61 Private-hire driver Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC
Kelvin Ong 34 Operation Manager Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC
Kuswadi Atnawi 57 Electrical engineer Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC
Cheang Peng Wah Business consultant Independent Pioneer SMC

Outgoing MPs

The list of 23 MPs who are not seeking re-election are reflected in the table.

Name Constituency (Division) Party Latest portfolio Date announced Remarks
Yaacob Ibrahim Jalan Besar GRC (Kolam Ayer) Former Cabinet Minister (Communications and Information/Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and Cyber Security) 23 June 2020
Goh Chok Tong Marine Parade GRC (Marine Parade) Emeritus Senior Minister and former Prime Minister 25 June 2020
Low Thia Khiang Aljunied GRC (Bedok Reservoir-Punggol) Member of Parliament/Former Leader of the Opposition 25 June 2020 Was a Secretary-General for the party (2001–18)
Chen Show Mao Aljunied GRC (Paya Lebar) Member of Parliament 25 June 2020
Png Eng Huat Hougang SMC Member of Parliament 25 June 2020
Khaw Boon Wan Sembawang GRC (Sembawang) Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport 26 June 2020
Charles Chong Punggol East SMC Deputy Speaker 27 June 2020 Chong's ward was absorbed into Sengkang GRC.
Ong Teng Koon Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC (Woodgrove) Member of Parliament 28 June 2020
Sam Tan Radin Mas SMC Minister of State (Foreign Affairs/Social and Family Development) 29 June 2020
Chia Shi-Lu Tanjong Pagar GRC (Queenstown) Member of Parliament 29 June 2020
Lily Neo Jalan Besar GRC (Kreta Ayer - Kim Seng) Member of Parliament 29 June 2020
Lee Bee Wah Nee Soon GRC (Nee Soon South) Member of Parliament 29 June 2020
Fatimah Lateef Marine Parade GRC (Geylang Serai) Member of Parliament 30 June 2020
Zainal Sapari Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC (Pasir Ris East) Member of Parliament 30 June 2020
Lim Hng Kiang West Coast GRC (Telok Blangah) Former Cabinet Minister (Trade and Industry) 30 June 2020
Lee Yi Shyan East Coast GRC (Kampong Chai Chee) Former Minister of State (Trade and Industry/National Development) 30 June 2020
Lim Swee Say East Coast GRC (Bedok) Former Cabinet Minister (Manpower) 30 June 2020
Teo Ho Pin Bukit Panjang SMC Mayor (North West CDC) 30 June 2020
Teo Ser Luck Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC (Sengkang Central) Former Mayor (North East CDC) and Minister of State (Manpower/Trade & Industry) 30 June 2020 Teo's ward was absorbed into Sengkang GRC.
Cedric Foo Pioneer SMC Member of Parliament 30 June 2020
Intan Azura Mokhtar Ang Mo Kio GRC (Jalan Kayu) Member of Parliament 30 June 2020
Ang Hin Kee Ang Mo Kio GRC (Cheng San-Seletar) Member of Parliament 30 June 2020
Yee Chia Hsing Chua Chu Kang GRC (Nanyang) Member of Parliament 30 June 2020 Portions of Chia's ward are absorbed into neighboring Hong Kah North SMC and West Coast GRC.

Polling day

After polls close at 8pm on Polling Day, vote counting will begin. The results will be announced by the Returning officer Tan Meng Dui, who is also CEO of the National Environment Agency.

Polling day results

Summary

e  d Summary of the 10 July 2020 Parliament of Singapore election results
Parties and alliances Leader Contested seats Divs won Seats won Popular vote % of valid votes +/- % of valid votes in wards contested by party +/-
SMC GRC Divs Total
4m 5m
People's Action Party Lee Hsien Loong 14 6 11 31 93
 
Steady 0.00
 
Steady 0.00
Workers' Party Pritam Singh 2 1 3 6 21
 
Steady 0.00
 
Steady 0.00
Singapore Democratic Party Chee Soon Juan 3 2 0 5 11
 
Steady 0.00
 
Steady 0.00
National Solidarity Party Spencer Ng 0 0 2 2 10
 
Steady 0.00
 
Steady 0.00
Reform Party Kenneth Jeyaretnam 1 0 1 2 6
 
Steady 0.00
 
Steady 0.00
Singapore People's Party Steve Chia 1 1 0 2 5
 
Steady 0.00
 
Steady 0.00
Singapore Democratic Alliance Desmond Lim 0 0 1 1 5
 
Steady 0.00
 
Steady 0.00
People's Power Party Goh Meng Seng 1 0 0 1 1
 
Steady 0.00
 
Steady 0.00
Peoples Voice Lim Tean 1 1 1 3 10
 
New
 
New
Progress Singapore Party Tan Cheng Bock 5 1 3 9 24
 
New
 
New
Red Dot United Ravi Philemon 0 0 1 1 5
 
New
 
New
Independents N/A 1 0 0 1 1
 
N/A
 
N/A
Valid votes % of total votes cast
Invalid (e.g. blank or spoilt) votes % of total votes cast
Total votes cast Voter turnout: % of eligible voters
Did not vote
Eligible voters (excluding walkover voters)
Walkover voters 0
Electorate

Single Member Constituencies

Candidates and results of 2020 Singaporean general election
DivisionSeatsVotersPartyCandidate(s)VotesVotes %Sample counts
Bukit Batok SMC 1 29,389 People's Action PartyMurali Pillai
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Singapore Democratic PartyChee Soon Juan
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Bukit Panjang SMC 1 35,258 People's Action PartyLiang Eng Hwa
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Singapore Democratic PartyPaul Tambyah
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Hong Kah North SMC 1 23,519 People's Action PartyAmy Khor Lean Suan
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Progress Singapore PartyGigene Wong
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Hougang SMC 1 25,629 Workers' PartyDennis Tan Lip Fong
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
People's Action PartyLee Hong Chuang
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Kebun Baru SMC 1 22,413 People's Action PartyHenry Kwek
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Progress Singapore PartyKumaran Pillai
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
MacPherson SMC 1 27,652 People's Action PartyTin Pei Ling
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
People's Power PartyGoh Meng Seng
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Marymount SMC 1 23,439 People's Action PartyGan Siow Huang
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Progress Singapore PartyAng Yong Guan
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Mountbatten SMC 1 23,957 People's Action PartyLim Biow Chuan
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Peoples VoiceSivakumaran Chellappa
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Pioneer SMC 1 24,579 People's Action PartyPatrick Tay
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Progress Singapore PartyLim Cher Hong
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
IndependentCheang Peng Wah
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Potong Pasir SMC 1 18,551 People's Action PartySitoh Yih Pin
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Singapore People's PartyJose Raymond
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Punggol West SMC 1 25,440 People's Action PartySun Xueling
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Workers' PartyTan Chen Chen
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Radin Mas SMC 1 25,167 People's Action PartyMelvin Yong
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Reform PartyKumar Appavoo
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Yio Chu Kang SMC 1 26,046 People's Action PartyYip Hon Weng
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Progress Singapore PartyKayla Low
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Yuhua SMC 1 21,188 People's Action PartyGrace Fu Hai Yien
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Singapore Democratic PartyRobin Low
0.00 / 100
0 / 100

4-member Group Representation Constituencies

Candidates and results of 2020 Singaporean general election
DivisionSeatsVotersPartyCandidate(s)VotesVotes %Sample counts
Bishan–Toa Payoh GRC 4 100,036 People's Action PartyNg Eng Hen
Chee Hong Tat
Saktiandi Supaat
Chong Kee Hiong
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Singapore People's PartySteve Chia
Osman Sulaiman
Melvyn Chiu
Williamson Lee
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Chua Chu Kang GRC 4 103,231 People's Action PartyGan Kim Yong
Low Yen Ling
Don Wee Boon Hong
Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Progress Singapore PartyFrancis Yuen Kin Pheng
Tan Meng Wah
Choo Shaun Ming
Abdul Rahman Mohamad
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Holland–Bukit Timah GRC 4 112,999 People's Action PartyVivian Balakrishnan
Sim Ann
Christopher De Souza
Edward Chia
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Singapore Democratic PartyJames Gomez
Min Cheong
Alfred Tan
Tan Jee Say
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Jalan Besar GRC 4 106,578 People's Action PartyJosephine Teo
Heng Chee How
Denise Phua
Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Peoples VoiceLim Tean
Leong Sze Hian
Nor Azlan Sulaiman
Michael Fang Amin
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC 4 114,243 People's Action PartyLawrence Wong
Alex Yam
Zaqy Mohamad
Hany Soh Hui Bin
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Singapore Democratic PartyBryan Lim
Damanhuri Abas
Benjamin Pwee
Khung Wai Yeen
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Sengkang GRC 4 117,546 People's Action PartyNg Chee Meng
Lam Pin Min
Amrin Amin
Raymond Lye Hoong Yip
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Workers' PartyHe Ting Ru
Louis Chua
Jamus Lim
Raeesah Khan
0.00 / 100
0 / 100

5-member Group Representation Constituencies

Candidates and results of 2020 Singaporean general election
DivisionSeatsVotersPartyCandidate(s)VotesVotes %Sample counts
Aljunied GRC 5 150,303 Workers' PartyPritam Singh
Sylvia Lim
Muhamad Faisal Manap
Gerald Giam
Leon Perera
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
People's Action PartyVictor Lye Thiam Fatt
Alex Yeo Sheng Chye
Chan Hui Yuh
Chua Eng Leong
Shamsul Kamar
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Ang Mo Kio GRC 5 180,186 People's Action PartyLee Hsien Loong
Darryl David
Gan Thiam Poh
Ng Ling Ling
Nadia Samdin
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Reform PartyKenneth Jeyaretnam
Andy Zhu
Noraini Yunus
Charles Yeo
Darren Soh
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
East Coast GRC 5 120,239 People's Action PartyHeng Swee Keat
Maliki Osman
Tan Kiat How
Cheryl Chan Wei Ling
Jessica Tan Soon Neo
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Workers' PartyKenneth Foo Seck Guan
Abdul Shariff Aboo Kassim
Terence Tan
Dylan Ng
Nicole Seah
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Jurong GRC 5 139,724 People's Action PartyTharman Shanmugaratnam
Tan Wu Meng
Rahayu Mahzam
Shawn Huang Wei Zhong
Xie Yao Quan
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Red Dot UnitedMichelle Lee
Ravi Philemon
Nicholas Tang
Liyana Dhamirah
Alec Tok
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Marine Parade GRC 5 139,724 People's Action PartyTan Chuan-Jin
Edwin Tong
Seah Kian Peng
Tan See Leng
Mohd Fahmi Aliman
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Workers' PartyRon Tan Jun Yen
Yee Jenn Jong
Nathaniel Koh Kim Kui
Muhammad Fadli Bin Mohammed Fawzi
Muhammad Azhar Bin Abdul Latip
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Nee Soon GRC 5 137,906 People's Action PartyK. Shanmugam
Carrie Tan
Derrick Goh
Louis Ng
Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Progress Singapore PartyKala Manickam
Taufik Supan
Bradley Bowyer
Sri Nallakaruppan
Damien Tay
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC 5 161,952 People's Action PartyTeo Chee Hean
Janil Puthucheary
Mohamed Sharael Taha
Teo Wan Ling
Desmond Tan Kok Ming
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Peoples VoiceJireh Lim
Prabu Ramachandran
Mohamed Nassir Ismail
Goh Keow Wah
Vigneswari Ramachandran
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Singapore Democratic AllianceDesmond Lim
Abu Mohamed
Halminder Pal Singh
Kelvin Ong
Kuswadi Atnawi
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Sembawang GRC 5 139,724 People's Action PartyOng Ye Kung
Vikram Nair
Lim Wee Kiak
Poh Li San
Mariam Jaafar
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
National Solidarity PartySpencer Ng
Sathin Ravindran
Ivan Yeo Tiong Boon
Sebastian Teo
Yadzeth Hairis
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Tampines GRC 5 147,249 People's Action PartyMasagos Zulkifli
Baey Yam Keng
Desmond Choo
Cheng Li Hui
Koh Poh Koon
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
National Solidarity PartyReno Fong
Mohd Ridzwan Mohammad
Yeo Ren-Yuan
Choong Hon Heng
Vincent Ng
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Tanjong Pagar GRC 5 132,598 People's Action PartyChan Chun Sing
Indranee Rajah
Joan Pereira
Eric Chua Swee Leong
Alvin Tan Sheng Hui
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Progress Singapore PartyWendy Low
Harish Pillay
Michael Chua
Abas Kasmani
Terence Soon
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
West Coast GRC 5 144,516 People's Action PartyS. Iswaran
Desmond Lee
Foo Mee Har
Rachel Ong Sin Yen
Ang Wei Neng
0.00 / 100
0 / 100
Progress Singapore PartyTan Cheng Bock
Hazel Poa
Nadarajah Loganathan
Jeffrey Khoo
Leong Mun Wai
0.00 / 100
0 / 100


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Pre-election

 Malaysia: In an interview with Asia Times, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that he hoped that there would be "change" in Singapore after the election.[211] He also expressed hope that Singapore could undergo an "unprecedented" regime change similar to Malaysia in the 2018 Malaysian general election.[212] During the ongoing 2020 Malaysian political crisis, deputy president of the United Malays National Organisation, Mohamad Hasan, said that the current Prime Minister of Malaysia, Muhyiddin Yassin, should follow Singapore and call for a snap election before the Parliament of Malaysia is able to reconvene in July.[213]

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