As counting continues, Singapore ruling party sets to win election

11:10, May 08, 2011      

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The returning officer has been announcing the results of the general election polls for different constituencies on late Saturday and early Sunday, with the ruling People's Action Party taking 36 of the 37 seats that had been claimed so far.

The seats were from six group representation constituencies and six single member constituencies, including the five-seat Tanjong Pagar group representation constituency that had been won uncontested on the nomination day on April 27.

The opposition Workers' Party successfully defended its stronghold of Hougang, with its new candidate Yaw Shin Leong taking 64.81 percent of the votes.

A total of 87 wards are at stake in the current general election and they are distributed across 12 single member constituencies and 15 group representation constituencies, where candidates competed in teams of four to six.

The ruling People's Action Party is expected to remain the strongest party. It took 82 of the 84 seats in the last general election in 2006 and 66.6 percent of the popular votes in that election.

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