Saturday, May 26, 2012

Singapore Hougang by-election 2012 Voting has closed

Hougang by-election: Voting has closed

Voting for the Hougang by-election has now closed as of 8pm.

As the counting of votes commences, results are expected by 11pm today.

83 per cent of voters in the Hougang by-election have cast their votes as of 5pm according to a statement by the Elections Department.

While the nine polling stations received a steady stream of people this morning, the crowd thinned closer to noon at some polling stations due to a downpour, reported The Straits Times (ST).

23,368 voters are eligible to cast their votes.

The ST also reported that both candidates - Workers' Party's (WP) Png Eng Huat and People's Action Party's (PAP) Desmond Choo - have made the rounds of all the polling stations to take a look at the voting.

Polling for the Hougang by-election began at 8am today.

Some voters told a local media outlet that they chose to vote early as they need to work, or wanted to finish voting before proceeding to their usual routine.

The results for the by-election are expected to be announced before midnight today.

Come back to AsiaOne later today for more updates on the by-election.

Voting kicks off for Hougang by-election

SINGAPORE: Voting has started for the Hougang by-election.

As at noon, 48 per cent of 23,368 eligible voters have cast their votes.

Some residents started queueing up 15 minutes before the polling stations opened.

The candidate for the People's Action Party Desmond Choo was seen at the polling station at Block 363 Hougang Avenue 5.

The candidate for the Workers' Party Png Eng Huat was at the Holy Innocents Primary School polling station.

The Hougang by-election is a straight fight between Mr Choo and Mr Png.

SINGAPORE: Polling for the Hougang by-election has closed.

Ballot boxes from the nine polling centres were sealed before being moved to the counting centres.

The counting centres are at the Serangoon Secondary School and Holy Innocents' Primary School.

Some 40 elections officials will count the votes.

The Elections Department said that as of 5pm, 83 per cent of 23,368 eligible voters have cast their ballot.

PAP candidate Desmond Choo is vying for the single-seat constituency with Workers' Party's Png Eng Huat.

The two candidates will be making their rounds to the counting centres to oversee the counting process. The election agents of the candidates are also at the counting centres to oversee the process.

Mr Choo had urged voters to pick the best man and vote for a new beginning in Hougang.

"We are at a crossroads today. Continue with the status quo in Hougang or make a change now! If you continue with the status quo, you are going to get four more years of the same thing. And if I may say, four years of the same is four years too long!" Mr Choo had said.

Mr Png's message to voters is that Hougang should remain in opposition hands to act as a check on the ruling People's Action Party (PAP).

The Workers' Party has held the Hougang seat since 1991.

The seat fell vacant in February after former Member of Parliament Yaw Shin Leong was expelled from the Workers' Party, following reports of his personal indiscretions.

Mr Yaw had won the seat in the May 2011 General Election with 64.8 per cent of the vote.

The Hougang by-election comes exactly 20 years since Singapore saw its last by-election.

Hougang By-Election: Live blogging from 8pm

Live blogging of results will start at 8pm.

Follow The Straits Times reporters in Hougang as they bring you the latest, leading to the announcement of the winner of the Hougang by-election.

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