So after my counting agent duties ended around 11 pm last night, I rushed home, only to realize they were still announcing the sample counts! A while later, the actual results came trickling in slowly, waves of white one after another….. even recapturing Punggol East. Hougang stays blue. At 1.30 am, it was announced that a recount for Aljunied was underway. More results. Finally, about ten past three in the morning, it was official: Aljunied will remain blue too. The People’s Action Party (PAP) won 83 out of 89 seats with 69.86% of votes. (And the Workers’ Party took the other six seats.) Definitely a freak election result even by PAP’s expectations!
And next, the Opposition’s response. As my friend Zhi Yang posted on Facebook, ‘Who will quit? Who will change party? Who will break off to start new ones? Let the game of musical chairs begin once more.’