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GE2020: PM Lee's Ang Mo Kio GRC team defeats RP with 71.91% of votes

PM Lee Hsien Loong, Mr Darryl David, Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Ms Ng Ling Ling and Ms Nadia Ahmad Samdin taking a group photograph outside PAP Teck Ghee branch at Blk 322 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 on July 10, 2020. - ST YAOHUI.jpg
PM Lee Hsien Loong, Mr Darryl David, Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Ms Ng Ling Ling and Ms Nadia Ahmad Samdin taking a group photograph outside PAP Teck Ghee branch at Blk 322 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 on polling day.

The People’s Action Party (PAP) has retained Ang Mo Kio GRC with 71.91 per cent of the valid votes at the General Election (GE).

The PAP team, helmed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, received 124,430 votes. The team comprises Gan Thiam Poh, Darryl David, and first-time candidates Ng Ling Ling and Nadia Ahmad Samdin.

They defeated a Reform Party (RP) team comprising party chairman Andy Zhu, secretary-general Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Charles Yeo, Darren Soh and Noraini Bte Yunus, which won 48,600 votes.

There were 5,009 rejected votes.

In the 2015 GE, the PAP won Ang Mo Kio – then a six-member GRC - with 78.63 per cent of the vote against the RP.

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A PAP win in Ang Mo Kio GRC, which has been held by PM Lee since its formation in 1991, was widely expected. At GE2015, Ang Mo Kio was the second best-performing GRC won by the PAP, just behind Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s Jurong GRC, which won with a whopping 79.3 per cent five years ago.

This year, the PAP vote share fell by 6.72 percenatge points, in line with the broad trend of declining vote share seen in other PAP wards as well.

PM Lee’s popularity on social media and on the ground has been a key factor in winning over voters. He has promised that if PAP wins the wards of Ang Mo Kio GRC, Yio Chu Kang SMC, and Kebun Baru SMC, all three constituencies would be run together under a single town council.

On the other hand, RP had encouraged voters during its campaign to “vote in a way that visibly records your frustration”, by highlighting its pet causes such as diminishing leases of ageing flats and Central Provident Fund matters.

Ang Mo Kio is the largest electoral division in terms of population with 185,465 voters. This election, the GRC was reduced to five seats after Yio Chu Kang SMC was carved out from the ward, and it absorbed part of the former Sengkang West SMC.

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