Workers' Party wins Hougang by-election

SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party (WP) has won the Hougang by-election.

Mr Png Eng Huat, 50, chairman of the Hougang Constituency Committee, beat the People Action Party's Desmond Choo, 34.

This is the second loss for Mr Choo, who was beaten in the 2011 General Election by Yaw Shin Leong.

Earlier unconfirmed reports had said PAP had won an average of 39.5 per cent of votes that have been counted as of 10pm.

The final results showed that WP had won the by-election with 13,447 votes, out of a total of 21, 657 votes. It obtained 62.09 per cent of the eligible votes cast. 294 votes were spoilt.

At the close of poll for the Hougang by-election, the total number of votes cast locally is 21,951, inclusive of 294 rejected votes. This is 93.94 per cent of the 23,368 registered electors in Hougang Constituency.

PAP got 8, 210 votes. Mr Choo obtained 37.91 per cent of the votes, two per cent higher than what he had won last year.

At the Hougang PAP branch, Mr Choo thanked Hougang residents for having faith in him.

He said it is always disappointing to lose the election.

"Change is a process that sometimes is a long journey. I'm very glad that the process to change had started.

"I would like to congratulate Mr Png Eng Huat. He has worked very hard and he fully deserves to be elected," he added.

Mr Choo said that he has no regrets on how this campaign has come about.

At the press conference, DPM Teo Chee Hean spoke after Mr Choo, congratulating Mr Png and said he looks forward to Mr Png's contribution in parliament.

"I'm also encouraged that there have been more voters in Hougang who have supported Desmond's vision of a new future," said DPM Teo.

natlim@sph.com.sg

Additional reporting by Karen Lim and Clement Yap.

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