And then the temptation becomes too much, especially on a half-hour train ride, and the rumours are flying thick and furious in the middle of the London afternoon (after polling had closed in Singapore), and is it too much to hope, to think, it's that close, it might be time to grab a bottle of champagne ...
I was so afraid it'd be 87-0, a pure People's Action Party Parliament, because that's the thing with a parliamentary democracy, it's a crapshoot, right, no matter how much electoral math you do, how many hands you shake and how many people you think you've won over with decency and logic (or glib apologies and aggressive humility). Who knows till the damn votes have gone into the damn ballot box to be counted up by human beings looking at scrawls on a voting slip and trying to decide if it's a spoiled vote or not?
The full Singapore general election results are available at the Elections Department website, but for my own notes:
- Oh Potong Pasir: Singapore People's Party 7,859 votes, People's Action Party 7,973 votes, and 242 spoiled votes. (You can do the math.)
- Oh Joo Chiat: People's Action Party 9,630 votes, Workers Party 9, 248 votes, and 314 spoiled votes.
- Oh Marine Parade (where I'm registered as a voter): National Solidarity Party 59,833 votes, People's Action Party 78,182 votes.
- But fuck yeah, Aljunied: Workers Party 72,165 votes, People's Action Party 59, 732 votes --- in the process ousting two cabinet ministers (including a reputedly nice one) and one senior minister of state.
- And fuck yeah, Hougang: Workers Party 14,833 votes, People's Action Party 8,053 votes.
- The People's Action Party "retained power with the smallest margin of popular votes [60.14%] since independence amid a record turnout" (I'm quoting the Bloomberg report, "Singapore’s Lee Retains Power With Smallest Vote Margin Since Independence").
Majulah to 2016, anyone?
* It's a reference from The West Wing, circa 2002; see the snippet from season 4, episode 7 here.
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