Punggol East by-election: Vote counting begins

Polling for the Punggol East by-election closed at 8pm. The ballot boxes will now make their way to the two counting stations at Rivervale Primary School and North Vista Secondary School.

After nine days of campaigning that saw four candidates making seven election rallies (plus an Internet rally), countless walkabouts and innumerable door-to-door visits, the moment of reckoning for them will be clear when results are stream in anytime from 10pm at North Vista Secondary School.

The two frontrunners are the ruling People's Action Party's Dr Koh Poh Koon, 40, a colorectal surgeon, and the opposition Workers' Party's Ms Lee Li Lian, 34, a sales trainer. Mr Desmond Lim, 45, a telco engineer from the Singapore Democratic Alliance and Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam, 53, a former hedge fund manager from the Reform Party complete the quartet.

The by-election - the fourth polls in two years for Singapore - was triggered by the sensational resignation of PAP MP and Speaker of Parliament Michael Palmer last month over an extramarital affair scandal.

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