[SINGAPORE] Things have "gone well" for the ruling People's Action Party at half-time in the general election campaign, according to its party boss Lee Hsien Loong.
Voters have been "receptive" during the campaign and Mr Lee, who is also the prime minister, said at a press conference on Saurday that the PAP has got its message across.
This election is about Singapore's future, choosing the government and leadership and setting the direction for the country, he said.
Noting that the hustings this time around have been less heated, the PAP's secretary-general called on voters to judge "fairly and dispassionately" the character and intentions of the candidates before voting on Polling Day on September 11.
"Compare the candidates on their quality of character, their integrity, their commitment to serve. Then cast your vote in good conscience on what you believe will secure a good future for your children," Mr Lee said.
On the controversial Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council issue, he said it is important to raise it.
"As the ferocity of the response shows, I think the facts have exposed a raw nerve," he said of the Workers' Party which is defending the Aljunied GRC and the Hougang and Punggol East single wards.
"As the dust settles, I think the record will show that there remains important questions to be answered. They know what the questions are, they know what voters need to know."
But Mr Lee indicated that the PAP would not harp on the issue any more in the remaining days of the campaign.
"We have made out points. Voters are clear-eyed and we will leave it to them."
On the opposition in general, Mr Lee said good policies are a result of the people working directly with the PAP - there's no need for intermediaries, or co-drivers.
Mr Lee was flanked at the press conference by PAP candidates Lim Swee Say, Ng Eng Hen, Halimah Yacob, S Iswaran and Desmond Lee.