Singapore at the polls

Showing their colours

A PAP supporter waving the ruling party's flag at a rally on Sept 8 in Woodlands Drive 16 by the PAP's Sembawang GRC team, led by National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan. The PAP won the GRC with 72.28 per cent of the votes against a National Sol
A PAP supporter waving the ruling party's flag at a rally on Sept 8 in Woodlands Drive 16 by the PAP's Sembawang GRC team, led by National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan. The PAP won the GRC with 72.28 per cent of the votes against a National Solidarity Party team. Mr Khaw had, at that rally, warned there was no guarantee the PAP will form the next government. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Workers' Party supporters in high spirits during the Aljunied GRC rally at the Serangoon Stadium on Sept 8.
Workers' Party supporters in high spirits during the Aljunied GRC rally at the Serangoon Stadium on Sept 8. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Capturing a picture-perfect moment at Reform Party's last rally for Ang Mo Kio GRC at Buangkok on Sept 9.
Capturing a picture-perfect moment at Reform Party's last rally for Ang Mo Kio GRC at Buangkok on Sept 9. PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES
Children at a Singaporeans First rally for Tanjong Pagar GRC held at Queenstown Stadium on Sept 9.
Children at a Singaporeans First rally for Tanjong Pagar GRC held at Queenstown Stadium on Sept 9. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN
Singapore Democratic Party chief Chee Soon Juan autographing books at a field in Commonwealth Avenue on Sept 6 after a rally. Dr Chee made his re-entry into politics this election, after having had to sit out the past two general elections as he was
Singapore Democratic Party chief Chee Soon Juan autographing books at a field in Commonwealth Avenue on Sept 6 after a rally. Dr Chee made his re-entry into politics this election, after having had to sit out the past two general elections as he was an undischarged bankrupt then. In Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, which the PAP won with 66.62 per cent of the votes, the SDP team he led managed 33.38 per cent. Each of his rallies saw long queues of people buying his books and getting them signed. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Veteran opposition politician Chiam See Tong greeting the crowd after a Singapore People's Party rally at Bishan Stadium on Sept 9. Mr Chiam, who was Potong Pasir MP from 1984 to 2011, was supporting the SPP team contesting Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.
Veteran opposition politician Chiam See Tong greeting the crowd after a Singapore People's Party rally at Bishan Stadium on Sept 9. Mr Chiam, who was Potong Pasir MP from 1984 to 2011, was supporting the SPP team contesting Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at a rally for the PAP team in Jalan Besar GRC in Boon Keng Road on Sept 9. Mr Lee asked voters to reward good policies and good leadership, and said the PAP was presenting its report card to the electorate with a clear
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at a rally for the PAP team in Jalan Besar GRC in Boon Keng Road on Sept 9. Mr Lee asked voters to reward good policies and good leadership, and said the PAP was presenting its report card to the electorate with a clear conscience. The PAP team in Jalan Besar GRC won 67.73 per cent of votes against a Workers' Party team. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Party members and volunteers setting up the stage for a Singapore Democratic Alliance rally at Pasir Ris Park on Sept 5. The SDA team in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC sought to tap sentiment against a population planning parameter of 6.9 million, and called
Party members and volunteers setting up the stage for a Singapore Democratic Alliance rally at Pasir Ris Park on Sept 5. The SDA team in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC sought to tap sentiment against a population planning parameter of 6.9 million, and called for people to be allowed to withdraw their CPF savings from age 55 on its posters. It won only 27.11 per cent of votes. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
A National Solidarity Party supporter at its rally in Woodlands Drive.
A National Solidarity Party supporter at its rally in Woodlands Drive. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
A huge crowd packed Bedok Stadium during the Workers' Party final rally for East Coast GRC on the ninth and last day of campaigning. WP chief Low Thia Khiang told voters that their mandate was key to strengthening the party's effectiveness in Parliam
A huge crowd packed Bedok Stadium during the Workers' Party final rally for East Coast GRC on the ninth and last day of campaigning. WP chief Low Thia Khiang told voters that their mandate was key to strengthening the party's effectiveness in Parliament. The group representation constituency was tipped to be one of this general election's hottest contests, but the WP managed to win only 39.27 per cent of votes. ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN

The nine days of campaigning in the run-up to Singapore's most fiercely contested election on Friday, Sept 11, saw thousands of supporters turn out in force at election rallies across the country.

A total of 2.3 million voters turned up to vote and gave the People's Action Party 83 out of 89 seats in Parliament, with 69.9 per cent of the popular vote.

The Sunday Times brings you highlights of the past two weeks.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 13, 2015, with the headline 'Showing their colours'. Print Edition | Subscribe