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GE2020: WP retains Aljunied GRC with almost 60% of votes

WP candidates for Aljunied GRC Pritam Singh; Leon Perera; Gerald Giam; and Faisal Manap at a media doorstop and walkabout at 209 Kovan Hawker Centre on July 8, 2020. ST - Jason Quah.jpg
WP candidates for Aljunied GRC Pritam Singh, Leon Perera; Gerald Giam and Faisal Manap at a walkabout at 209 Kovan Hawker Centre on July 8.

THE Workers’ Party (WP) has retained Aljunied GRC against the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) with 59.93 per cent of the votes at the 2020 General Election.

This is a nearly 10 percentage-point improvement over the party’s vote share in GE 2015, when the team won by a far narrower margin with just 50.96 per cent of the votes against the ruling PAP.

The WP team comprises party chief Pritam Singh, chairman Sylvia Lim, Faisal Manap as well as former Non-Constituency MPs (NCMPs) Leon Perera and Gerald Giam.

For the two NCMPs, this is the first time they are contesting in Aljunied GRC. They replaced former chief Low Thia Khiang and Chen Show Mao, who had decided not to stand for re-election.

Their PAP opponents were Victor Lye, Chua Eng Leong, Shamsul Kamar and first-time candidates Alex Yeo and Chan Hui Yuh.

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Of the 142,847 total votes, 85,603 went to WP, while 57,244 went to the PAP. There were 1,582 rejected votes.

In 2011, Aljunied became the first GRC in history to be won by an opposition party, when WP secured the GRC with 54.72 per cent of the votes.

WP’s vote share in the hotly contested constituency slid in 2015 as all constituencies saw a big swing towards the ruling party in a year where the country celebrated its Golden Jubilee and mourned the death of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

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