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1968 Singaporean general election

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All 58 seats to the Parliament of Singapore
30 seats were needed for a majority
  Majority party
Leader Lee Kuan Yew
Party PAP
Leader's seat Tanjong Pagar
Last election 37 seats, 46.9%
Seats won 58
Seat change 21
Popular vote 65,812
Percentage 86.7%
Swing 39.8%

Winner by constituency

Prime Minister before election

Lee Kuan Yew

Elected Prime Minister

Lee Kuan Yew

General elections were held in Singapore on 13 April 1968, the first as an independent state following the island's expulsion from Malaysia. The elections were boycotted by all opposition parties except the Workers Party, which only contested two constituencies. With five independents also running, only seven seats (Farrer Park, Geylang Serai, Jalan Kayu, Kampong Ubi, Moulmein, Nee Soon and Tanjong Pagar) were contested,[1] resulting in People's Action Party (PAP) candidates returned unopposed in the other 51 seats, a first in history PAP returned to power during nomination day.

Although the total electorate was 759,367, only 84,883 voters lived in seven contested seats. The turnout was 91.8%, or 77,952 voters.[2]

1968 Singaporean general election Intro articles: 56


Following the resignations of eleven MPs from Barisan Sosialis (BS) and two other BS MPs fleeing Singapore to escape the Internal Security Department, five by-elections were held within three years but PAP were successful in winning all the seats, resulting in a monopoly.

Overview of "Barisan Sosialis" article


Date Event
8 February Dissolution of 1st Parliament
17 February Nomination Day
13 April Polling day
6 May Opening of 2nd Parliament

Electoral system

The 58 members of Parliament were elected in 58 single-member constituencies, an increase from 51 in the 1963 elections. The constituencies introduced or removed in the election, as well as constituencies with changes of boundaries, were shown on the table:

Constituency Changes
New Constituencies
Alexandra Carved out from Queenstown constituency
Bukit Ho Swee Carved out from Delta constituency
Kampong Chai Chee Carved out from Kampong Kembangan, Siglap and Tampines constituencies
Kampong Ubi Carved out from Geylang Serai constituency
Katong Carved out from Mountbatten constituency
Potong Pasir
Carved out from Aljunied constituency
Whampoa Carved out from Katong constituency
Defunct Constituencies
Southern Islands Absorbed to Jurong, Pasir Panjang and Telok Blangah constituencies

1968 Singaporean general election Timeline articles: 20


BS boycotted the elections on the grounds that Singapore's independence was "phoney" and several opposition parties heeded its call. The leaders of Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Singapura (formerly the local branch of the UNMO), Ahmad Haji Taff, and the Singapore Chinese Party (formerly the local branch of the MCA), Chng Boon Eng, turned up but did not file their nominations. Three precedents were made in this election: the fewest seats (seven) contested in a general election, the first time PAP was returned to power on nomination day and the first time it won all seats. Walkovers became a perpetual feature in every succeeding general election until 2015, 47 years or 11 elections later.

1968 Singaporean general election Campaign articles: 4


Party Votes % Seats +/–
People's Action Party 65,812 86.7 58 +21
Workers' Party 3,049 4.0 0 0
Independents 7,033 9.3 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 2,058
Total 77,952 100 58 +7
Registered voters/turnout 84,883 91.8
Source: Nohlen et al.

By constituency

Constituency Electorate Party Candidate Votes %
Alexandra 13,317 People's Action Party Wong Lin Ken Uncontested walkover
Aljunied 14,472 People's Action Party Mohd. Ghazali Bin Ismail Uncontested walkover
Anson 8,764 People's Action Party Govindaswamy Perumal Uncontested walkover
Bras Basah 9,718 People's Action Party Ho See Beng Uncontested walkover
Bukit Ho Swee 17,735 People's Action Party Seah Mui Kok Uncontested walkover
Bukit Merah 19,319 People's Action Party Lim Guan Hoo Uncontested walkover
Bukit Panjang 17,893 People's Action Party Selvadurai Pathmanaban Uncontested walkover
Bukit Timah 16,769 People's Action Party Chor Yeok Eng Uncontested walkover
Cairnhill 12,287 People's Action Party Lim Kim San Uncontested walkover
Changi 15,594 People's Action Party Sim Boon Woo Uncontested walkover
Chua Chu Kang 12,879 People's Action Party Tang See Chim Uncontested walkover
Crawford 7,190 People's Action Party Low Yong Nguan Uncontested walkover
Delta 17,715 People's Action Party Chan Choy Siong Uncontested walkover
Farrer Park 10,290 People's Action Party Lee Chiaw Meng 7,826
84.91 / 100
Independent M. P. D. Nair 1,391
15.09 / 100
Geylang East 16,185 People's Action Party Ho Cheng Choon Uncontested walkover
Geylang Serai 12,741 People's Action Party Rahamat b Kenap 9,363
83.01 / 100
Independent Darus Shariff 1,916
16.99 / 100
Geylang West 14,609 People's Action Party Yong Nyuk Lin Uncontested walkover
Havelock 11,049 People's Action Party Lim Soo Peng Uncontested walkover
Hong Lim 10,388 People's Action Party Lee Khoon Choy Uncontested walkover
Jalan Besar 11,400 People's Action Party Chan Chee Seng Uncontested walkover
Jalan Kayu 12,878 People's Action Party Hwang Soo Jin 9,581
82.30 / 100
Workers' Party Sum Chong Meng 2,060
17.70 / 100
Joo Chiat 12,335 People's Action Party Yeoh Ghim Seng Uncontested walkover
Jurong 11,445 People's Action Party Ho Kah Leong Uncontested walkover
Kallang 9,309 People's Action Party Abdul Aziz Karim Uncontested walkover
Kampong Chai Chee 17,636 People's Action Party Sha'ari Bin Tadin Uncontested walkover
Kampong Glam 9,484 People's Action Party S. Rajaratnam Uncontested walkover
Kampong Kapor 10,818 People's Action Party Lim Cheng Lock Uncontested walkover
Kampong Kembangan 15,862 People's Action Party Mohamed Ariff Bin Suradi Uncontested walkover
Kampong Ubi 13,434 People's Action Party Yaacob bin Mohamed 9,797
81.87 / 100
Independent Tay Mook Yong 2,169
18.13 / 100
Katong 14,872 People's Action Party Joseph Francis De Conceicao Uncontested walkover
Kreta Ayer 11,575 People's Action Party Goh Keng Swee Uncontested walkover
MacPherson 13,099 People's Action Party Chua Sian Chin Uncontested walkover
Moulmein 11,888 People's Action Party Chia Seong 9,675
90.56 / 100
Independent T. T. Joseph 1,009
9.44 / 100
Mountbatten 12,760 People's Action Party Ng Yeow Chong Uncontested walkover
Nee Soon 12,846 People's Action Party Ong Soo Chuan 10,442
91.35 / 100
Workers' Party Wong Hong Toy 989
8.65 / 100
Pasir Panjang 12,394 People's Action Party Othman bin Wok Uncontested walkover
Paya Lebar 17,573 People's Action Party Tay Boon Too Uncontested walkover
Potong Pasir 11,782 People's Action Party Sellappa Ramaswamy Uncontested walkover
Punggol 12,277 People's Action Party Ng Kah Ting Uncontested walkover
Queenstown 16,193 People's Action Party Jek Yeun Thong Uncontested walkover
River Valley 10,865 People's Action Party Low Guan Onn Uncontested walkover
Rochore 12,222 People's Action Party Toh Chin Chye Uncontested walkover
Sembawang 11,220 People's Action Party Teong Eng Siong Uncontested walkover
Sepoy Lines 11,409 People's Action Party Wee Toon Boon Uncontested walkover
Serangoon Gardens 9,454 People's Action Party Leonard Peter Rodrigo Uncontested walkover
Siglap 11,627 People's Action Party Abdul Rahim Bin Ishak Uncontested walkover
Stamford 9,919 People's Action Party Fong Sip Chee Andrew Uncontested walkover
Tampines 12,703 People's Action Party Phua Bah Lee Uncontested walkover
Tanglin 13,332 People's Action Party Edmund William Barker Uncontested walkover
Tanjong Pagar 10,806 People's Action Party Lee Kuan Yew 9,128
94.34 / 100
Independent R. Vetrivelu 548
5.66 / 100
Telok Ayer 11,721 People's Action Party Ong Pang Boon Uncontested walkover
Telok Blangah 14,785 People's Action Party N. Naidu Govindasamy Uncontested walkover
Thomson 15,911 People's Action Party Ang Nam Piau Uncontested walkover
Tiong Bahru 16,532 People's Action Party Ch'ng Jit Koon Uncontested walkover
Toa Payoh 19,143 People's Action Party Cheong Yuen Chee Uncontested walkover
Ulu Pandan 13,289 People's Action Party Lee Teck Him Uncontested walkover
Upper Serangoon 13,373 People's Action Party Sia Kah Hui Uncontested walkover
Whampoa 12,854 People's Action Party Buang Bin Omar Junid Uncontested walkover
Source: ELD

1968 Singaporean general election Results articles: 57


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p254 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
  2. ^ Parliamentary General Election 1968 Singapore Elections