• Short Summary

    The people of Singapore went to the polls on Thursday (23 December) to bring Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his People's Action Party (PAP) their fifth successive election victory.

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    The people of Singapore went to the polls on Thursday (23 December) to bring Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his People's Action Party (PAP) their fifth successive election victory.

    SYNOPSIS: After taking 16 seats unopposed, the PAP won all the first 19 constituencies declared, and retained the right to rule the Asian island republic for the next five years. Because of the 16 unopposed seats only 75 per cent of the 1.08 million voters cast their ballots on Thursday -- voting in Singapore's opposition parties made on impression on the PAP. Results showed that the opposition share of the votes dropped from 29 per cent in 1972 to 25.3 per cent on Thursday.

    During the election campaign Prime Minister Lee emphasised his party's 17-year record, during which Singapore's standard of living has been raised to one of the highest in Asia. According to officials the PAP increased its share of the popular vote from 69 per cent in the 1972 election to 72 per cent this year. A rough tally gave the PAP 590,000 votes against the combined opposition's 207,000. Throughout its campaign the PAP stressed the fact that its real opposition isn't coming from the six left-wing parties, but from the communist underground.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA85YXIIZ2GW2Q6VGR81W2YPZQB
    Media URN:
    VLVA85YXIIZ2GW2Q6VGR81W2YPZQB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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