GOOD JOB, OPPOSITION PARTIESSo, GE 2006 has come to a rather insipid end.
True to its original script, PAP won all but 2 of the 84 seats in Parliament. Everything is still in its original status quo: Mr Chiam See Tong of the Singapore Democratic Alliance is still hanging on strongly, with a mandate that far defies logic (he managed to garner 55.8% over his nemesis, PAP counterpart Sitoh Yih Pin, a marked improvement from his last, which he got 52.4%), stretching his hold of 22yrs by another 5.
Mr Low Thia Kiang from the Workers' Party also managed to hold on to his Hougang ward with a 62.74% majority, again a marked improvement from the previous GE of more than 2.7%.
And our dear Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, didn't receive much of a "mandate" to crow about: just a mere 66% over what has been a bunch of a rag-tag, "suicide" team clobbered together by the Workers' Party.
All in all, PAP managed to gather 66% of the total votes polled, a drastic drop from the previous GE, which the PAP won with a stunning mandate of 75.29%. That's a sharp drop of 9% in votes.
All in all, I would say that it wasn't the results that would have been pleasing to most opposition supporters. For me, it was really heart-wrenching to see my GRC at Aljunied lose by a mere 7%. I would have expected the PAP to lose 2 GRCs, in addition to the two opposition bastions at Potong Pasir and Hougang.
Well, I guess its a tall order for Singaporeans to ditch the ruling incumbent en masse, given the conservative nature of the average Singaporean. The good side of it all, really, is the impressive performance of the opposition, which even the ruling incumbent had to grudgingly admit to the general public.
Special thanks and applause for WP Chairman, Low Thia Kiang, and his team of exceptional candidates, and Mr Chiam's dogged determination to hold on to his impregnable fortress at Potong Pasir.
Added by at82:
Some data of this GE by Lau_Hee_Low (WilliamSo).
The media calculations is based upon the total number of valid votes to caculate the winning margins, but then is that the complete picture. I have made my calculation and looking at my results, there is and average of about 6% absentees, with the largest number of absentees at Joo Chiat, which is double at 12%.
Then there are the spolit votes, which was also not taken into consideration into the calcualtion of winning percentage by the media. What I am calculating is not the percentage of votes for the opposition but the real percentage of votes against the government.
By not turning up for the polls and by spoiling the vote, the message by these people can be that they are not happy with either party and as such not voting in protest, which could then be a signal of protesting against the ruling party.
If these absentees and spolit votes can be won by the opposition, they could then have a better losing margin, with them merely losing Aljunied by 1.5%. So, could they have won Aljunied this time if they have worked even harder? Could they have persuaded the protest votes and a little more of the votes that went to the winning party, they may have been the winning party themselves.
From my calculations, LHL only won AMK by 60.42% against what the media calcualted at 66%.
Here are my results, source of the numbers are taken off the ST and CNA.
CNA Result of GRCs
Total number of eligible voters: 159872 (100%)
Valid votes recieved: 146059 (91.36%)
Spolit Votes: 2979 (1.86%)
Missing: 108434 (6.78%)
Won: 96591 (60.42%)
Lost: 49468 (30.94%)
Total number of eligible voters: 145141 (100%)
Valid votes recieved: 133395 (91.91%)
Spolit Votes: 2381 (1.64%)
Missing: 9365 (6.45%)
Won: 74810 (51.54)
Lost: 58585 (40.36)
Total number of eligible voters: 116653 (100%)
Valid votes recieved: 104757 (89.80%)
Spolit Votes: 2223 (1.91%)
Missing: 9673 (8.29%)
Won: 66890 (57.34%)
Lost: 37867 (32.46%)
CNA Result of SMCs
Joo Chiat SMC
Total number of eligible voters: 21858 (100%)
Valid votes recieved: 18799 (86.00%)
Spolit Votes: 390 (1.78%)
Missing: 2669 (12.21%)
Won: 12222 (55.92%)
Lost: 6577 (30.09%)
Total number of eligible voters: 24975 (100%)
Valid votes recieved: 23441 (93.86%)
Spolit Votes: 501 (2.01%)
Missing: 1033 (4.14%)
Won: 14151 (56.66%)
Lost: 9290 (37.20%)