Punggol East ward saw 3-way fight in 2011 GE






SINGAPORE: In the 2011 General Election, the Punggol East Single Member Constituency (SMC) saw a three-way fight among political parties that contested.

The People's Action Party's (PAP) Michael Palmer won over half of the votes.

The Punggol East SMC had over 30,000 voters in the 2011 General Election and it was the only constituency that saw a three-cornered fight.

Then, the PAP's Michael Palmer, The Workers' Party's Lee Li Lian and the Singapore Democratic Alliance's Desmond Lim campaigned for residents' hearts and minds.

The three focused largely on ground concerns during the hustings.

Mr Lim promised new facilities of over a million dollars for residents if he won.

It was something Mr Palmer cast doubt on. He was the ward's incumbent, elected in 2006 when the area was still under Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency, 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, on the other hand, chose to look at estate cleanliness and cost of living issues.

When the dust settled, Mr Palmer won, taking around 55 per cent of votes.

Ms Lee took about 41 per cent.

And Mr Lim got around four per cent.

- CNA/ck



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