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GE2020: PAP retains Chua Chu Kang with narrower 58.64% share of votes
The People’s Action Party (PAP) has retained Chua Chu Kang GRC for a third straight term, with a narrower 58.64 per cent share of the vote, against the Progress Singapore Party (PSP).
The PAP secured 59,462 votes to the PSP’s 41,942. Some 1,410 votes were rejected, while 3,879 people did not vote.
In the last election in 2015, the PAP won 76.91 per cent (84,850 votes) against a Peoples Power Party team, which received 23.09 per cent (25,475 votes).
The PAP team this time comprises Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower Low Yen Ling, who were defending their seats. It also includes new PAP candidates lawyer Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim and banker Don Wee.
The PSP team is led by Francis Yuen, a former Republic of Singapore Air Force colonel and former chief executive of Hong Leong Asia. It also comprises former Institute of Policy Studies research fellow Tan Meng Wah, fire safety engineer Abdul Rahman Mohamad and law school undergraduate Choo Shaun Ming.
Except for Mr Abdul Rahman, who stood in the 2006 General Election in Tampines GRC for the Singapore Democratic Alliance, the rest are political newcomers.
In political broadcast speeches, the PAP team has pointed to its five-year master plan for the GRC, which includes estate upgrades, efforts to create jobs and programmes for the vulnerable.
There were 106,693 voters in Chua Chu Kang GRC in this election, down from 119,931 in 2015, according to the Elections Department.
The constituency gave up parts to West Coast GRC when the electoral boundaries were redrawn for this election and traded some areas with Hong Kah North SMC.
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