Bukit Batok by-election

Keen to vote and go

People started queueing early yesterday to vote in the Bukit Batok by-election. At Block 105A, Bukit Batok Central, 10 voters were in line at 7.30am, half an hour before the booths opened. By 7.59am, there were nearly 50 people. Some had their famili
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People started queueing early yesterday to vote in the Bukit Batok by-election. At Block 105A, Bukit Batok Central, 10 voters were in line at 7.30am, half an hour before the booths opened. By 7.59am, there were nearly 50 people. Some had their families in tow, arriving hungry, like Madam Cheong Soh Har, 68, who explained: "We came down early so we can have the morning free for breakfast and errands." Others arrived with bags of groceries or in sweaty sports attire after their morning workout. Most wanted to vote early and get on with the rest of their day. "I have to be at work at 10am, so I came early," said Mr Raman Mohd, 59, who works at a cafe. "It's our responsibility as citizens to vote." Also keen to vote-and-go was bank manager Kenneth Tay, 36, who said: "I wanted to get it over and done with early so I can run some errands later in the day." Madam Apporvam, 72, a retired laboratory assistant, had a doctor's appointment later. "I wasn't able to vote last time before I moved to Bukit Batok, because my previous constituency was a walkover," she said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 08, 2016, with the headline 'Keen to vote and go'. Print Edition | Subscribe