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Parliament

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
10.07.2020
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
23.06.2020
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Early election
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.07.2025
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
93
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
192
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
152
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
40
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
20.83%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
11

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
2,651,435
Votes Number of people who actually voted
2,540,359
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
95.81%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s People's Action Party (PAP) won the elections, taking 83 of the 93 seats at stake (see note 1). The Workers' Party (WPS, the main opposition party led by Mr. Pritam Singh) took the 10 remaining seats while the Progress Singapore Party (PSP, founded in 2019 by former PAP MP Tan Cheng Bock) received two non-constituency seats.

On 23 June, Prime Minster Lee announced early elections (see note 2), stating they should be held when “things are relatively stable”, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Halimah Yacob dissolved the outgoing Parliament later on the same day. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on the economy and measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The PAP, which ran on the government records, promised job creation. The WPS pledged to provide dignified jobs for workers and tackle the cost of living, Several special measures were applied, such as an increase in the number of polling stations and two-hour slots for voting to avoid crowded polling stations. Mobile polling teams took ballot boxes to citizens who were in quarantine.

Note 1:
The number of directly elected seats increased from 89 to 93 in 2020 as recommended by the country’s Electoral Boundaries Review Committee in March 2020. In accordance with the constitutional amendments, passed by Parliament in 2016, up to 12 non-constituency members (instead of nine previously) can be appointed from among unsuccessful opposition candidates who obtained the highest percentage of votes in a general election so as to ensure a minimum number of opposition representatives in Parliament. Since the Workers’ Party won 10 directly elected seats in 2020, only two non-constituency members were nominated after the 2020 elections. The directly elected members and the non-constituency members serve a five-year term.
Parliament also includes up to nine members nominated by the President. They serve a term of two and a half years. At the moment of the first session of the newly elected Parliament, held on 24 August, the President had not nominated any members.

Note 2:
In accordance with Article 65 (4) of the Constitution, Parliament’s term lasts for five years from the date of its first sitting (held on 15 January 2016 for the outgoing legislature). Article 66 stipulates “There shall be a general election at such time, within 3 months after every dissolution of Parliament”. For the outgoing legislature, those three months were to have fallen between April and July 2021.
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
89.25%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
People's Action Party (PAP)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total Directly elected Non-constituency
People's Action Party (PAP) 83 83 0
Workers' Party (WPS) 10 10 0
Progress Singapore Party (PSP) 2 0 2
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
66
Number of women elected
27
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
29.03%
Other notes
Timing of election: In accordance with Article 65 (4) of the Constitution, Parliament’s term lasts for five years from the date of its first sitting (held on 15 January 2016 for the outgoing legislature). Article 66 stipulates “There shall be a general election at such time, within 3 months after every dissolution of Parliament”. For the outgoing legislature, those three months were to have fallen between April and July 2021.
Women Directly Elected
27
Women Other
1

New legislature

Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
24.08.2020
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Chuan-Jin Tan (Male)
Date of election
24.08.2020