What's Next: Oct 7, 2017

Polling booths are open for New Zealand's general election in Auckland on Sept 23, 2017.
Polling booths are open for New Zealand's general election in Auckland on Sept 23, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Full tally of 'special' votes in NZ poll

A complete count of the "special" votes in the New Zealand election is due today.

The special votes make up 15 per cent of the total and include overseas ballots, but are not expected to change the outcome.

New Zealand has been in limbo after last month's inconclusive election, which saw the governing National Party win a 10-point lead over the centre-left Labour Party, although neither won enough seats to govern alone.


Concert to raise mental health awareness

To raise awareness about mental health issues and encourage those with mental illness to speak up and get help, 25 community partners have come together to organise Voice Out, a free outdoor concert. More than 2,500 people are expected to attend the event at the Singapore Botanic Gardens today.


Data on China's forex reserves

China is to release data on its foreign exchange reserves today.

The reserves had increased by US$11 billion (S$15 billion) to a 10-month high of US$3.09 trillion at the end of August. It was the first time that the country's reserves had climbed for seven months in a row since June 2014.

Since the beginning of the year, capital outflows have slowed as China tightened rules on moving capital outside the country.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 07, 2017, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe