SINGAPORE — A group of Workers’ Party (WP) members turned up at the Elections Department Training Centre at Victoria Street on Wednesday (15 July) to witness the counting of overseas ballots for the 2020 General Election (GE).
Among them were WP chairman and incumbent Aljunied GRC MP Sylvia Lim, fellow Aljunied MP-elect Gerald Giam, Sengkang GRC MP-elect He Ting Ru, Hougang SMC MP-elect Dennis Tan, and other candidates from the leading opposition party who took part in the GE.
Terence Tan, WP’s East Coast GRC candidate, posted a slip of the vote count of overseas ballots for the GRC on his Facebook page. It showed that WP garnered 147 votes versus 135 votes for the People’s Action Party (PAP).
During the GE, the PAP, led by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, won East Coast GRC, securing 53.41 per cent of the vote share (61,009 votes), compared with 46.59 per cent (53,228 votes) for the WP.
Nicole Seah, who also contested as part of the WP East Coast GRC team, posted the same overseas vote count on her Instagram page. Thanking the East Coast voters living overseas, she said that the WP understands it is an “arduous process” for them to cast their votes overseas.
“Many factors such as limited polling stations and a logistically arduous journey for many living in large continents, lack of online voting, hiccups with voter registration mean that only a tiny fraction of overseas Singaporeans are able to vote. Nevertheless, we are deeply appreciative for the efforts of those who who made it, and made your vote count,” she added.
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