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‘LIVE’ coverage of Hougang by-election

Posted by temasektimes on May 26, 2012

Hougang residents go to the poll today in a by-election to elect their next Member of Parliament. The two candidates are Mr Desmond Choo Pey Ching from the People’s Action Party and Mr Png Eng Huat from the Workers Party. 23,368 voters are eligible to cast their votes. Polling closes at 8pm and the result is expected to be announced after 10pm.

4.00pm:

Overcast sky in Hougang. Lightning heard in the background, but there is no rain. Residents still queuing up to cast their votes.

6.00pm: 

Few residents are seen at the poll stations at Hougang Avenue 5. Many residents have cast their votes early in the morning and more than half have voted in the afternoon.

7.00pm:

Election Department: 83 percent of Hougang voters have cast their votes by 5.00pm. Polling closes at 8.00pm

7.30pm:

Workers’ Party counting agents, including Lee Lilian and Freida Chan, have arrived at Serangoon Secondary School – #CNA

7.40pm:

Png Eng Huat arrived at Serangoon Secondary School to shouts of ‘Huat ah!’ from onlookers

7.50pm:

PAP supporters gathering at PAP Hougang branch before the arrival of the candidate Desmond Choo.

8.00pm:

Returning Officer Yam Ah Mee has arrived at Holy Innocents’ Primary counting centre  - #CNA

8.05pm:

DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam has arrived at the #PAP Hougang Branch – #CNA

8.10pm:

PAP counting agents arrived at Holy Innocent’s Primary School.

8.20pm:

PAP supporters remain calm in PAP Hougang branch. There is a palpable tension in the air.

8.25pm:

WP supporters gathered at a coffee-shop near Hougang Avenue 5:

8.30pm:

PAP candidate Desmond Choo leaving the party Hougang branch office for Serangoon Sec counting centre – #TODAY

9.00pm:

Unofficial: Png Eng Huat leading Desmond Choo by some 5,000 votes – #YahooSG

9.10pm:

Desmond Choo has arrived at Holy Innocents’ Primary School – #CNA

10.00pm:

Election result to be announced in 15 – 3o minutes time.

10.25pm:

Unverified reports: PAP is doing better @ 44-46%. A PAP source says vote counting still underway. – YahooSG

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3 Responses to “‘LIVE’ coverage of Hougang by-election”

  1. Xy said

    Which block?

  2. NeturalParty said

    WP WP WP

  3. P Koh said

    The confidence with WP is now confirmed to be unshakable. The roots of 20+ years of service cannot easily be dismissed by the misbehaviour of an elected MP and it clearly shows that there is still plenty to be done by the ruling party. Now that the storm has blown over, PEH has to show what material he is made of from this day on. Come 2016, the challenge will be very severe and PAP has to re-examine what went wrong and to make amends asap.

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