SINGAPORE — The Workers’ Party (WP) is leading in Sengkang GRC at the 2020 General Election with 53 per cent of the vote based on a sample count.
If the results were to remain relatively unchanged at the end of the poll count, Sengkang would be only the second GRC to be in the hands of the opposition after the WP’s historic victory in Aljunied GRC in GE2011.
The WP’s Sengkang GRC team comprises He Ting Ru, Louis Chua Kheng Wee, Raeesah Khan, and Jamus Lim.
The PAP team is anchored by Ng Chee Meng, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and also comprised Lam Pin Min, Amrin Amin and Raymond Lye. It has 47 per cent of the vote based on the sample count.
On the sample counts for all the constituencies, the Elections Department said, “As this is a sample count, the election result could be different. Counting is still in progress. The public should wait for the announcement of the election result by the Returning Officer, Mr Tan Meng Dui, which will be broadcast ‘live’ on television.”
The closely watched GRC was in the news before the GE after two police reports were filed over alleged remarks made by WP’s Raeesah. The candidate later apologised for her “insensitive” remarks at a doorstop arranged by the WP. Police investigations into the matter are ongoing.
Last Saturday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reached out to the residents of Sengkang GRC, urging them not to settle for the ‘PAP-lite’ WP.
PM Lee was referring to the televised debate last Wednesday involving representatives from four parties including Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan from the PAP and WP’s Dr Lim.
Dr Balakrishnan told Dr Lim that the PAP could have written the WP manifesto and said that was why the opposition party has been labelled by people as “PAP-lite or PAP-like”.
Lee said, “Why do you want to settle for PAP-lite? The real thing is much better. And here in Sengkang, you have the real thing with the four members of our PAP team.”
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