New Electoral Boundaries Announced For S’pore Next GE

With all the news about Covid-19 flying around, many of you may have forgotten that we have an upcoming election.

The next General Election, as you know, must be held on or before 15 April 2021.

After the World Health Organisation declaring the outbreak a pandemic, many wondered when the election would finally take place.

Well, it may be sooner than you think.

New Electoral Boundaries Announced: 14 SMCs, 17 GRCs In Next GE

The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee released its report on the latest changes to electoral boundaries, signalling that the next general election could be called soon.

Here are some of the changes:

  • There will be 31 electoral divisions, up from 29.
  • There will be an increase in the number of elected Members of Parliament from 89 to 93.
  • Six-member Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) have been reduced to five
  • There will be a total of 93 seats in Parliament, four more than the 89 currently.
  • There will now be 14 Single-Member Constituencies (SMCs) and 17 Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs), an increase from the current 13 SMCs and 16 GRCs.

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14 SMCs

A new four-member Sengkang GRC has been added to the list of SMCs; it’s a merger of the Sengkang West and Punggol East SMCs, as well as parts of Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC.

The four new SMCs are: Kebun Baru, Marymount, Punggol West and Yio Chu Kang.

Additionally, three SMCS – Punggol East, Sengkang West and Fengshan – have been wiped off the map.

Fengshan will be subsumed into East Coast GRC.

17 GRCs

There will be 11 five-member GRCs and 6 four-member GRCs.

The six-member GRCs have been reduced to five-member ones: Ang Mo Kio and Pasir Ris-Punggol.

The East Coast and West Coast GRCs will have five seats, up from four.

Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, which currently has five MPs, will have four.

79 candidates will stand in GRCs

79 candidates will stand in GRCs in the upcoming election, which means the average number of MPs per GRC at the coming general election will be 4.65, down from 4.75 in the 2015 GE.

There will be 2,594,740 voters this year, however, up from 2,460,484 at the 2015 election.

When will Parliament be dissolved?

One thing’s for sure, we won’t have to wait too long.

In 2015, Parliament was dissolved 32 days after the boundaries report was released, and in 2011, 54 days.

But in 2001, it was dissolved just a day after the report was released.

Whenever it is, one thing’s for sure; the Covid-19 outbreak isn’t going to stop us from having our election.