Singapore's ruling party confident as polls close
January 2, 1997
Web posted at: 1:45 p.m. EST (1845 GMT)
SINGAPORE (CNN) -- Singapore's general election ended
Thursday with voters casting ballots for 36 of 83
parliamentary legislators. At stake was the ruling party's
prestige, not its control of Parliament.
The People's Action Party was assured of a majority. The PAP
won the other 47 seats on December 23, and the opposition
failed to contest them. On Thursday, prominent opposition
leader Chee Soon Juan, head of the Singapore Democratic
Party, was soundly defeated in his bid for a seat.
Official results were expected by midnight. Voting was brisk
throughout Thursday with most of the 760,000 voters among the
city-state's 3 million people casting their ballots,
according to the Elections Department.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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