SINGAPORE: The Punggol East Single Member Constituency (SMC) saw a three—cornered contest among political parties in the 2011 General Election.
The single seat ward had over 30,000 voters. It was the only constituency that saw a three—cornered fight.
Then, the three candidates had campaigned for residents’ hearts and minds, focusing largely on ground concerns during the hustings.
Mr Desmond Lim of the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) had promised new facilities of over a million dollars for residents if he won.
It was something Mr Michael Palmer of the People’s Action Party (PAP) had cast doubt on.
He was the ward’s incumbent, elected in 2006 when the area was still under Pasir Ris—Punggol Group Representation Constituency (GRC), before it was carved out as a single seat.
Mr Palmer had said his time in the ward was used to build cohesion among residents, and hoped for continuing support.
Ms Lee Li Lian of the Workers’ Party (WP), on the other hand, chose to look at estate cleanliness and cost of living issues.
In the end, it was Mr Palmer who won the seat with 54.5 per cent of the votes, defeating Ms Lee (41 per cent) and Mr Lim (4.5 per cent).
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