Singapore Elections Heat Up!

The Elections Department has finally given the Electoral Boundaries as set by the Electoral Boundaries Committee and Prime Minister has accepted it.

Of course he would, why would he want to reject it?

Let’s take a look at what you can expect at the upcoming General Election based on the boundaries drawn.

  1. You’ll have more seats up for grabs in Parliament with the introduction of more Single Member Constituencies.
  2. Several MPs who have been strongholds at several areas will be stepping down as those SMCs have been inducted to form a GRC

Now if you observe closely the SMCs, the SMCs are strategically placed in areas surrounded by the larger GRCs that the SMCs actually appear to look like the Gaza Strip.

2011 Electoral Boundaries

2011 Electoral Boundaries

Let’s first analyze existing electoral boundaries.

2006 Electoral Boundaries

2006 Electoral Boundaries

Looking at the current Electoral Boundaries, here are your existing MPs:

Aljunied GRC

Lim Hwee Hwa
Cynthia Phua
Yeo Gwat Kwang
Yeo Yong-Boon, George
Zainul Abidin Rasheed

Ang Mo Kio GRC

Inderjit Singh
Lee Hsien Loong
Wee Siew Kim
Dr Lam Pin Min
Lee Bee Wah

Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC

Dr Ng Eng Hen
Wong Kan Seng
Zainudin Nordin
Hri Kumar Sangaran
Josephine Teo

Bukit Panjang SMC

Dr Teo Ho Pin

Chua Chu Kang SMC

Gan Kim Yong

East Coast GRC

Abdullah Tarmugi
Prof S Jayakumar
Yu-Foo Yee Shoon
Christopher De Souza
Liang Eng Hwa

Hong Kah GRC

Ang Mong Seng
Dr Amy Khor Lean Suan
Yeo Cheow Tong
Yeo Khirn Hai, Alvin
Zaqy B Mohamad

Hougang SMC

Low Thia Khiang

Jalan Besar GRC

Prof Dr Yaacob Ibrahim
Meng Chee How
Dr Lee Boon Yang
Dr Lily Neo
Denise Phua Lay Peng

Joo Chiat SMC

Chan Soo Sen

Jurong GRC

Dr Halimah Yacob
Lim Boon Heng
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Grace Fu Hai Yien

Macpherson SMC

Matthias Yao Chih

Marine Parade GRC

Goh Chok Tong
Dr Ong Seh Hong
Lim Biow Chuan
Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef
Seah Kian Peng

Nee Soon Central SMC

Ong Ah Heng

Nee Soon East

Assoc Prof Ho Peng Kee

Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

Dr Ahmad Magad
Charles Chong
Penny Low
Teo Chee Hean
Michael Palmer
Teo Ser Luck

Potong Pasir SMC

Chiam See Tong

Sembawang GRC

Hawazi Daipi
Khaw Boon Wan
Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman
K. Shanmugam
Ellen Lee Geck Hoon
Dr Lim Wee Kiak

Tampines GRC

Mah Bow Tan
Ng Phek Hoong Irene
Ong Kian Min
Sin Boon Ann
Masagos Zulkifli

Tanjong Pagar GRC

Indranee Rajah
Assoc Prof Koo Tsai Kee
Lee Kuan Yew
Baey Yam Keng
RADM Lui Tuck Yew
Tan Chin Siong

West Coast GRC

Arthur Fong
Cedric Foo Chee Keng
Ho Geok Choo
S Iswaran
Lim Hng Kiang

Yio Chu Kang SMC

Seng Han Tong

Nominated Member of Parliament

Sylvia Lim

[For more information on your MPs, click here]

Plenty of huge changes if you observe the map:

  • Sembawang GRC becomes smaller as Nee Soon Central and Nee Soon East SMC are both disbanded and merged together with a part of Sembawang GRC to form Nee Soon GRC.

Reason is simple. Ho Peng Kee and Ong Ah Heng are probably not contesting which leaves an area that they have worked on for years, empty. Hence, the need to bring a more stable and ‘established’ member from Sembawang GRC to help lead the team at Nee Soon GRC.

Sembawang GRC will still belong to PAP, Nee Soon GRC has a chance though considering that there’s a major reshufflement but you can expect experienced faces to step in to lead.

  • Hong Kah GRC and Chua Chu Kang SMC dissolved and emerges Hong Kah North SMC and Chua Chu Kang GRC.

Looking at the members in Hong Kah GRC, i’m not surprised why it has to dissolve. I’m sure we’ll several changes of faces in these two areas. A few will leave, I’m quite sure about that.

Hong Kah North SMC is a good place to contest and so is Chua Chu Kang SMC since you can expect a few new faces to join there.

  • Tanjong Pagar GRC will be downsized and born is Radin Mas SMC.

MM Lee surely won’t be contesting Tanjong Pagar GRC.  But Tanjong Pagar GRC is a stronghold and hence, contesting there might not result in any fruits but since MM’s not around and the only possible person who looks likely to lead is RADM Lui Tuck Yew, why shouldn’t the opposition try then?

But Radin Mas SMC, that is a must to contest.

  • Jalan Besar GRC disappears and out comes Moulmein-Kallang SMC, Mountbatten SMC and Whampoa SMC. Mountbatten takes a portion of Marine Parade GRC.

Who’s going to be taken out to lead the SMCs will be a good question. A good bet to contest although looks very likely that the Drs minus Dr Yaacob will lead the SMCs. He’s a Malay, he needs to be placed in a GRC lah.

  • Aljunied GRC gets a slight expansion as it gets a share of Hougang SMC.

Need I explain more? Hougang is an opposition stronghold and Aljunied was a hotly contested area. Hougang’s small area that gets taken up is probably the best way to balance the numbers.

I’ll stop here.. Kinda tired ready.

Just in case you’re wondering, ‘My Vote is Secret’.

Sure, if it’s so secretive, there wouldn’t be numbers to your voting cards right? It’s all right down to the statistics but who am I to second-guess, Elections Department never talk.

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