Singapore holds General Election today | Daily News

Singapore holds General Election today

More than 2.6 million registered voters are set to hit the polls in Singapore’s 18th general election today to vote in a government that will lead the country through the duration of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 192 candidates from 11 political parties are competing for 93 seats in parliament, with the long-ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, all but certain to retain their majority. Singapore’s current Dorscon (Disease Outbreak Response System Condition) status stands at orange, the second highest level, and social distancing measures have been ramped up to prevent a second wave of Coronavirus infections.

As Prime Minister Lee himself noted, “We are still in the midst of COVID-19 so it will not be a normal election campaign.”

Temperature screening will take place at every polling station. Voters are advised to vote during the recommended timeframe as shown on their poll cards and to check the queue status. Those who are feeling unwell or placed on Stay-Home Notice should remain at home. Additionally, voters must always stay one metre away from election officials as well as other voters. Face masks must always be worn; they have to lower the mask when verifying identity.

Hands have to be sanitized before and after casting the vote.

Politicians were banned from shaking hands with voters on the campaign trail, while some were barred from walking the campaign trail at all. Face masks had to be worn at all times and loud cheering was discouraged. Mass gatherings weren’t allowed, so the nighttime political rallies long known for drawing thunderous crowds of tens of thousands to sports stadiums and open fieldshad to go.

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