‘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.
Overcast sky in Hougang. Lightning heard in the background, but there is no rain. Residents still queuing up to cast their votes.
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.
Election Department: 83 percent of Hougang voters have cast their votes by 5.00pm. Polling closes at 8.00pm
Workers’ Party counting agents, including Lee Lilian and Freida Chan, have arrived at Serangoon Secondary School – #CNA
Png Eng Huat arrived at Serangoon Secondary School to shouts of ‘Huat ah!’ from onlookers
PAP supporters gathering at PAP Hougang branch before the arrival of the candidate Desmond Choo.
Returning Officer Yam Ah Mee has arrived at Holy Innocents’ Primary counting centre – #CNA
DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam has arrived at the
#PAP Hougang Branch – #CNA
PAP counting agents arrived at Holy Innocent’s Primary School.
PAP supporters remain calm in PAP Hougang branch. There is a palpable tension in the air.
WP supporters gathered at a coffee-shop near Hougang Avenue 5:
PAP candidate Desmond Choo leaving the party Hougang branch office for Serangoon Sec counting centre – #TODAY
Unofficial: Png Eng Huat leading Desmond Choo by some 5,000 votes – #YahooSG
Desmond Choo has arrived at Holy Innocents’ Primary School – #CNA
Election result to be announced in 15 – 3o minutes time.
Unverified reports: PAP is doing better @ 44-46%. A PAP source says vote counting still underway. – YahooSG
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