Polling Day: More than 2 million have cast their votes

Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6.
Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN
Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6.
Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN
Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6.
Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN
Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6.
Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN
Early voters on Polling Day at Pei Chun Public School in Toa Payoh.
Early voters on Polling Day at Pei Chun Public School in Toa Payoh.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Voters on their way to cast their ballot at Nanyang Girls' High School.
Voters on their way to cast their ballot at Nanyang Girls' High School.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6.
Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN
Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6.
Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN
First-time voter and full-time Uber driver Joanne Quek, 25, went to Pei Chun Public School to vote once her shift ended. "I'm pretty excited, but have mixed feelings as well. Four years ago I stayed up all night to watch the results on TV. Getting in
First-time voter and full-time Uber driver Joanne Quek, 25, went to Pei Chun Public School to vote once her shift ended. "I'm pretty excited, but have mixed feelings as well. Four years ago I stayed up all night to watch the results on TV. Getting involved is a whole new level."ST PHOTO: MELISSA LIN
PM Lee Hsien Loong arriving to vote at Alexandra Primary School with his wife, Ms Ho Ching.
PM Lee Hsien Loong arriving to vote at Alexandra Primary School with his wife, Ms Ho Ching.ST PHOTO: JASMINE OSADA
Voters queueing at Cantonment Primary School.
Voters queueing at Cantonment Primary School.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
Madam Wong Siew Chin, 86, arrived at 7.55am with her daughter, administrator Jenny Chin, 53. Asked why she came so early, Madam Wong said in Mandarin "I want to play mahjong later. I arranged to meet my friends at 10am."
Madam Wong Siew Chin, 86, arrived at 7.55am with her daughter, administrator Jenny Chin, 53. Asked why she came so early, Madam Wong said in Mandarin "I want to play mahjong later. I arranged to meet my friends at 10am."ST PHOTO: MELISSA LIN
Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6.
Voters at a polling station at Block 136, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN
Early voters at Nanyang Girls' High School.
Early voters at Nanyang Girls' High School.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Early voters on Polling Day at Pei Chun Public School in Toa Payoh.
Early voters on Polling Day at Pei Chun Public School in Toa Payoh.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - More than two million Singaporeans have turned up to cast their votes at the 832 polling stations islandwide on Friday (Sept 11), the latest numbers show.

In a statement, the Elections Department said that 2,085,676 Singaporeans had turned up to vote as of 5pm.

As many as 2.46 million Singaporeans across the island are expected to vote by 8pm in the first general election in 50 years where every single seat is contested.

A total of eight opposition parties are challenging the ruling People's Action Party in this election.

Singaporeans will pick 89 Members of Parliament for 16 group representation constituencies (GRCs) and 13 single-member constituencies (SMCs).

No ballot papers will be issued after polling closes at 8pm.

After polling closes, the public and supporters of the political parties can gather at four assembly centres to wait for the announcement of the election results.

The People's Action Party, which is contesting all 89 seats, has three assembly centres at Toa Payoh Stadium, Jurong West Stadium and Bedok Stadium. The Workers' Party, which is contesting 28 seats, has one at Hougang Stadium.

These centres will be open from 8pm tonight until 30 minutes after the announcement of the last result of the elections.

For the first time, the Elections Department will first reveal "sample count" results for each of the 16 group representation constituencies and 13 single-seat wards.

A hundred ballot papers from each polling stations will be randomly chosen by a counting assistant in the presence of the candidates and their counting agents.

The votes will be added up and weighted accordingly to account for the difference in the number of votes cast at each polling station. The sample count for each constituency will be shown as a percentage of the valid votes earned by the candidates.

Sample counts are generally about 95 per cent accurate, plus or minus four percentage points. The first sample count results will probably come from the single-seat wards where there are fewer voters and could be released from about 10pm.