SINGAPORE - It may have been mere hours ago that candidates were able to call it a night after the last of the 2015 General Election results were confirmed, but many were out and about again early on Saturday (Sept 12) morning.
The ruling People's Action Party's (PAP) teams were seen meeting and thanking residents, after the PAP was returned to power by securing a strong mandate with a vote share of 69.9 per cent. The party won 83 of the 89 seats, with the Workers' Party (WP) taking the remaining six seats.
The PAP team for East Coast GRC, one of the hottest battlegrounds, showed up bright and early at the Bedok South Road Market and Food Centre.
Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, accompanied by teammates Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Dr Maliki Osman and Ms Jessica Tan, were seen thanking residents. They won 60.7 per cent of the vote against the WP team led by Mr Gerald Giam, the closest GRC win for the PAP.
Many residents went up to them, thanking them and praising them for doing a good job. Several also said they were anxious as the results were confirmed late. The East Coast GRC result was one of the last to be announced.
Over at Tanjong Pagar GRC, which saw its first contest since it was formed in 1991, the PAP team was seen at Tanglin Halt Market.
Labour chief Chan Chun Sing, Ms Indranee Rajah, Dr Chia Shi-Lu, Ms Joan Pereira and Mr Melvin Yong won 77.7 per cent of the vote against the Singaporeans First team led by former presidential candidate Tan Jee Say.
WP candidates were also in action on Saturday morning. At Punggol East SMC at 10.30am, WP candidate Lee Li Lian - who lost to PAP's Charles Chong - went about thanking residents for supporting her in her previous term. Residents came up to hug her and shake her hand.
The incumbent, with a vote share of 48.2 per cent, lost to Mr Chong.
Meanwhile, at Marine Parade GRC, the losing WP team - led by Mr Yee Jenn Jong - made their rounds to thank residents.
The team lost with 35.9 per cent of the vote against the PAP team comprising Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, ESM Goh Chok Tong, Mr Seah Kian Peng, Ms Fatimah Lateef and Mr Edwin Tong.
PAP MP-elect for Sengkang West SMC, Dr Lam Pin Min, and his team chartered an open-top bus and were seen going around the estate thanking residents. He beat the WP's Mr Koh Choong Yong with 62.1 per cent of the vote.https://youtu.be/6flnyIusFPo
At Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, all five winning PAP candidates - Dr Ng Eng Hen, Mrs Josephine Teo, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Mr Chong Kee Hiong and Mr Saktiandi Supaat - were in Toa Payoh Central in front of the Toa Payoh library, thanking and greeting residents in the late morning.
Over in the west at Jurong GRC - at the market and food centre at Block 505, Jurong West Street 52 - the winning team led by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam received a rousing welcome from a lion dance troupe.
Here is Mr Ang Wei Neng seen in front of the troupe in the video below.
Jurong GRC is where the PAP got its best result for a GRC; the party garnered 79.28 per cent of the valid votes there.
More MPs-elect are expected at victory parades across the island over the weekend.