Singapore polls close after high voter turnout
Singapore: Voting in Singapore`s
parliamentary elections closed on Saturday with the opposition
hoping to reduce the ruling party`s overwhelming majority
after a high voter turnout.
Results were expected within hours.
The opposition held just two seats in the 84-member
parliament dissolved in April but the ruling People`s Action
Party (PAP) admitted during the campaign that many voters were
unhappy over issues like the rising cost of living and
The Straits Times newspaper reported on its web
edition that 83 percent of the record 2.21 million voters had
cast ballots by 5:00 pm (local time), three hours before
polling stations closed.
The turnout in 2006, when there were only 1.22 million
voters, was 94 percent.
As a result of compulsory voting, turnout in Singapore
elections has traditionally been higher than 90 percent,
according to a tally by the Swedish-based International
Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.
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