Battle lines are officially drawn for the coming General Election

Just last week (13 July), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had announced in Parliament that the formation of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee had already took place at his request 2 months ago.

Today (24 July), the EBRC finally released the long awaited Electoral Boundaries report that has been accepted by the Government. The Electoral Boundaries report will give us a peek at the electoral map for the coming General Elections.

The new map has a number of changes, and we can confidently state that the previous electoral map of 2013 is obsolete.

MustShareNews guides you along the changes.

A brief overview of the Electoral Boundaries report

According to the report, the EBRC have carved up Singapore into 29 electoral divisions, comprising of 13 Single Member Constituencies (SMC) and 16 Group Representation Constituencies (GRC)

There is an increase of 1 additional constituency for both SMCs and GRCs from the previous General Election in 2011.

Group Representation Constituency changes

The GRCs will be comprised of 8 5-member GRCs, 6 4-member GRCs and 2 6-member GRCs.

There are two new GRCs, which are the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC (4-members), and Jalan Besar GRC (4-members).

Moulmein-Kallang GRC, which comprises of Communication and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, Transport Minister Lui Tuck, Member of Parliament (MP) Denise Phua and MP Edwin Tong, will be dissolved. 

The areas of the Moulmein-Kallang GRC will now form parts of the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, Tanjong Pagar GRC, and the newly created Jalan Besar GRC.

Single Member Constituency changes

Three new SMCs were also suggested by the EBRC — they are Bukit Batok SMC, Fengshan SMC and the MacPherson SMC.

All the three SMCs had previously existed before the previous 2011 General Election.

Two SMCs were removed —

First, the Joo Chiat SMC. In 2011, the Joo Chiat saw a tight contest between the People’s Action Party candidate, MP Charles Chong and the Workers’ Party candidate, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Yee Jenn Jong in the previous GE — NCMP Yee lost by only 388 votes.

Second, is Whampoa SMC, where MP Heng Chee How easily deposed the National Solidarity Party’s challenge with 66% of the vote.

What Now?

Now that the Electoral Boundaries report is made public, our dear President Tony Tan can take the initiative to dissolve the current Parliament anytime and the General Election must be held within 3 months.

Looks like the stage is set for a 2015 General Election, all that is left to do is for President Tony Tan to make a move.

The new electoral map

With the recommended changes, the total number of elected Members of Parliament (MPs) will be 89, up from the current 87.

Full List of Electoral Divisions

SMC: Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang, Fengshan, Hong Kah North, Hougang, MacPherson, Mountbatten, Pioneer, Potong Pasir, Punggol East, Radin Mas, Sengkang West, Yuhua

4-members GRC: Chua Chu Kang, East Coast, Holland-Bukit Timah, Jalan Besar, Marsiling-Yew Tee, West Coast

5-members GRC: Aljunied, Bishan-Toa Payoh, Jurong, Marine Parade, Nee Soon, Sembawang, Tampines, Tanjong Pagar

6- members GRC: Ang Mo Kio, Pasir Ris-Punggol

Source

Find out if you are affected by any constituency change from this handy map that PM Lee posted on Facebook —

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