Singapore’s opposition Workers’ Party won the by-election for the Punggol East single member constituency on Saturday with a surprising margin. The victory of the opposition candidate Lee Li Lian brought the number of elected seats held by the Workers’ Party to seven, out of a total of 87 elected seats in the parliament. Lee won 16,038, or 54.52 percent of the valid votes cast on Saturday, while Koh Poh Koon of the ruling People’s Action Party won 12,856, or 43.71 percent of the votes in the four-cornered fight on Saturday that also saw two other opposition candidates contesting. There were a total of some 31,600 registered voters in Singapore and 59 voters overseas. Singapore has a mechanism that encourages all voters to cast their votes and the voter turnout was 94.26 percent. The by-election has been widely regarded as a test for the People’s Action Party, which has been the ruling party in the city state since 1959. It now still has 80 of the 87 elected seats in the parliament.
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