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25 January 2013

Punggol East SMC By-Election 2013

Tomorrow (26 Jan 2013) is polling day for Punggol East SMC.

Chances are, the PAP will win it again.

Now see the picture below.


This is the phenomenon at Singapore political rallies. The difference in turnout between PAP rallies and WP rallies is likened to heaven and earth. One is 12,000 (according to the above picture but some claim it to be 8,000 to be more realistic) while PAP has already been a paltry couple of hundreds (give and take a couple more).

Yet.

It is almost always the PAP emerging as the victor.

So what is going on here?

Why is it the party with the fewer supporters getting more votes? How did that happen?

If tomorrow's poll is a PAP vs WP fight, WP actually has a good chance of winning this. Alas, we have two jokers in the hat sharing the spoils as well.

Problem is, every vote that the RP or SDA gets, is a vote less for WP. It will never be at the expense of the PAP, which is why I said earlier, PAP will probably win tomorrow.

Oh and another thing. If the rally turnout is even worse than PAP, chances are that the respective candidate(s) is going to lose his/their deposits as well.

What was/were he/they thinking?

Media Credits: Facebook - Jake Wang; Occupy Singapore

- Voxeros

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Opposition party rallies are like free concerts. We'll all go to share in the ranting, to vent our unhappiness, and basically its a good time with fellow Singaporeans. Unfortunately, I sincerely doubt if a large number of those 12,000 actually stays in the Punggol East SMC. And at the end of the day, its their vote that matters. So, yeah. Another seat back in PAP hands as planned, i suppose.

Arrenn

老虎系… said...

you think got free food?

JayWalk said...

Arrenn: Yes, it is a strange and sad state of affair (too soon?) for this climate of Singapore politics.

If only these opposition parties are able to have a better supporter-valid vote conversion rate.

Le sigh.

JayWalk said...

老虎系: It was rumoured on the intarwebs that there was Nasi Lemak given out at PAP rallies (chicken rice too?). For a crowd of 400+ people, I say that is possible.

As for WP's 8,000 to 12,000, I think otherwise.

zeenie said...

Well, results just in. =)

JayWalk said...

And?

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