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GE2015: PAP wins Jalan Besar GRC with 67.7% of votes

(SINGAPORE) The People's Action Party (PAP) defeated the Workers' Party (WP) in the resurrected four-member Jalan Besar GRC.

Led by Minister for Communications and Information, Yaacob Ibrahim, the PAP team clinched 67.73 per cent of the vote against a relatively low-key WP quartet.

Like Dr Yaacob, who entered politics in 1997, the other members of the PAP team are also seasoned election contestants - Senior Minister of State Heng Chee How (since 2001); medical doctor Lily Neo (since 1997) and mayor Denise Phua (since 2006).

Two members of the WP team contested the 2011 general election : polytechnic lecturer L Somasundaram and social worker Frieda Chan. Businessman Adrian Sim Tian Hock and Redzwan Hafidz, an engineer, make up the rest of the team.

Previously a single seat ward, Jalan Besar became a GRC in 1988, and had been keenly contested by opposition parties at virtually every election. The GRC was, however, dissolved in 2011, making way for a new five-member Moulmein-Kallang GRC. The 2011 election saw a keen battle between PAP and WP in the GRC, with PAP polling 58.55 per cent of the vote.

Moulmein-Kallang has now disappeared off the electoral map, and Jalan Besar GRC revived, reabsorbing wards such as Whampoa. With just over 102,500 voters, Jalan Besar is the third smallest GRC.

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