Saturday, 25 July 2015

EBRC 2015 Report: What's next

Singapore's electoral boundaries report out, 16 GRCs and 13 SMCs for next general election
There will be 89 Members of Parliament after Singapore's next General Election (GE) is over, two more than the current batch of 87. PHOTO: SPH

THERE will be 89 Members of Parliament after Singapore's next General Election (GE) is over, two more than the current batch of 87.

This after the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) issued its much-awaited report on Friday, just 11 days after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the committee was formed in May.

The five-member committee recommended that Singapore be divided into 29 divisions, comprising 13 single member constituencies (SMCs) and 16 group representation constituencies (GRCs). This is higher than the 12 single wards and 15 GRCs today.

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Singapore draws boundaries for its general election

Singapore releases a report setting out electoral boundaries for a general election, moving one step closer to calling the election.

There will be 29 electoral divisions, including 16 so-called Group Representation Constituencies, according to a report by the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee released today.

The number of seats in the Parliament will be increased to 89 from 87, according to the report.

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General Election: 3 SMCs and 1 new GRC
Three SMCs reintroduced at coming GE, according to the EBRC report out today (July 24)

The coming General Election (GE) will reintroduce three Single Member Constituencies (SMCs), namely Bukit Batok, Fengshan and MacPherson.

A new Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) Marsiling-Yew Tee will also be featured.

The report from the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) out on Friday (July 24) saw SMC numbers increasing from 12 to 13.

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Committee announces changes to electoral boundaries for next General Election
Yahoo Newsroom - Electoral boundaries updated in 2015 for the upcoming General Election. (From Electoral Boundaries Review Committee)

The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC)  released a report on Friday confirming the electoral boundaries. The government has accepted recommendations from the report, and will implement them in the next General Election.

According to the report, a total of 89 seats will be contested in the GE.  They comprise 13 Single-Member Constituencies (SMCs) and 16 Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs). There are two new GRCs: Marsiling – Yew Tee and Jalan Besar. Moulmein-Kallang GRC has been dissolved.

There are three new SMCs, which are, Bukit Batok, Fengshan and MacPherson. Joo Chiat and Whampoa SMCs no longer exist.
Here’s a full list of SMCs: 

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Electoral boundaries drawn for next General Election

The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) on Friday (Jul 24) released its keenly-awaited report on new electoral boundaries, the clearest sign yet that the General Election may be round the corner.

In the report, which has been accepted by the Government, the EBRC recommends that the city-state be carved up into 29 electoral divisions, comprising 13 Single Member Constituencies (SMCs) - up from 12 in the last election - and 16 Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs), a rise from 15 previously.

There are also changes to the sizes of GRCs: the five-member GRCs have been shrunk to 8 from 11 previously, while the four-member GRCs increased to 6 from 2 in the last election. The number of six-member GRCs remains the same at 2.

related:
'We are ready': PAP's Heng Swee Keat on next General Election
Electoral Boundaries report: 3 SMCs reintroduced, but Joo Chiat, Whampoa dissolved
Electoral Boundaries report: Two new GRCs, but Moulmein-Kallang carved up
A look at the 4 constituencies reintroduced for the upcoming GE


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How the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee arrived at its report

The report of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee was made public on Friday (July 24), in a sign that the elections may be drawing near.

The five-member committee submitted its report to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday. The Government has accepted the recommendations, which are to be implemented at the next hustings due before January 2017.

The committee, chaired by the secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr Tan Kee Yong, was tasked with reviewing the boundaries of the current electoral divisions. It was also asked to recommend the number of, and boundaries of, Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) and Single Member Constituencies (SMCs), based on the estimated number of electors as of Aug 1, 2015.

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Electoral boundaries report: 13 SMCs, 16 GRCs for next GE

The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee has released its report, marking the penultimate step before Parliament can be dissolved for the next General Election.

The Government has accepted the recommendations of the committee, comprising five high-ranking civil servants, to have 13 Single Member Constituencies (SMCs) — up from 12 — six Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) with four Members of Parliament (MPs), eight five-MP GRCs and two six-member GRCs.
Two more parliamentary seats will be up for grabs in the next GE, for a total of 89 elected MPs.

related:
Support candidates who will best represent your interests, PM Lee tells voters
Increase of more than 110,000 voters since GE2011
Release of electoral boundaries report among fastest to date


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Forget The Old Electoral Map, Here Is What The New Electoral Map Looks Like
Battle lines are officially drawn for the coming General Election

Just last week (13 July), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had announced in Parliament that the formation of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee had already took place at his request 2 months ago.

Today (24 July), the EBRC finally released the long awaited Electoral Boundaries report that has been accepted by the Government. The Electoral Boundaries report will give us a peek at the electoral map for the coming General Elections.


The new map has a number of changes, and we can confidently state that the previous electoral map of 2013 is obsolete.

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Changes to Electoral Constituencies Announced! New GRCs and SMCs Carved Out, 16.7 Percent of Voters Affected
 Changes have been made to the boundaries of electoral constituencies

16.7 percent of voters will find themselves in new constituencies. This was published in a report by the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee.

In GE2011, 30 percent of voters were affected. This time round, 2.46 million people will be eligible to vote.

This is up from the 2.35 million voters in GE2011. The number of elected MPs will rise to 89, from the current 86.

related:
Is this Unknown the PAP’s Joan of Arc in a Lee Kuan Yew-less Tanjong Pagar GRC?
A Kid on the Way and an SMC to Contest: Can the Tin Lady Win Best of Both Worlds?
Opposition-Held GRC and SMCs Safe But Poor Yee Says Goodbye to Joo Chiat SMC
Tuck Yew, Yaacob: With Moulmein-Kallang Gone, Where are The Ministers Going Now?
PM LEE: I Asked EBRC to Redraw Constituency Boundaries; May the Best MPs Win


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Breaking News – EBRC report released
The number of Single Member Constituencies (SMC) has been increased by 1 to 13. The number of Group Representation Constituencies (GRC) has also been increased by 1 to 16.

The number of parliamentary seats has been increased to 89 from the existing 87 seats, comprising 13 seats from SMCs and 76 from GRCs.

The estimated number of electors has been increased by 110,720 to 2,460,977 electors.

related:  I am absolutely disappointed with report: WP’s 2011 candidate for Joo Chiat

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Latest: New Electoral Map for coming GE
2011 GE Result

89 MP seats shall be contested as follow:

The Single Member Constituencies
1. Bukit Batok – NEW
2. Bukit Panjang – PAP Teo Ho Pin
3. Fengshan – NEW
4. Hong Kah North – PAP Amy Khor
5. Hougang – WP Png Eng Huat
6. MacPherson – NEW
7. Mountbatten – PAP Lim Biow Chuan
8. Pioneer – PAP Cedric Foo
9. Potong Pasir –  PAP Sitoh Yih Pin
10. Punggol East – WP Lee Li Lian
11. Radin Mas – PAP Sam Tan
12. Sengkang West- PAP Lam Pin Min
13. Yuhua – PAP Grace Fu

4 MP GRCs
1. Chua Chu Kang - PAP Gan Kim Yong, Alvin Yeo, Zaqy Mohamad, Alex Yam, Low Yen Ling
2. East Coast - PAP Lim Swee Say, Maliki Osman, Lee Yi Shyan, Jessica Tan, Raymond Lim
3. Holland Bukit-Timah - PAP Vivian Bala, Christopher De Souza, Liang Eng Hwa, Sim Ann
4. Jalan Besar – NEW
5. Marsiling-Yew Tee – NEW
6. West Coast – PAP Lim Hng Kiang, Arhur Fong, S Iswaran, Foo Mee Har, Lawrence Wong

5-MP GRCs
1. Aljunied - WP Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim, Chen Show Mao, Pritam Singh, Muhamad Faisal
2. Bishan TP - PAP Wong Kan Seng, Ng Eng Hen, Josephine Teo, Hri Kumar, Zainudin Nordin
3. Jurong - Tharman Shan, Halimah Yacob, Ang Wei Neng, Desmond Lee, David Ong
4. Marina P - Goh Chok Tong, Tan Chuan Jin, Fatimah Lateef, Seah Kian Peng, Tin Pei Ling
5. NeeSoon - Shanmugam, Muhammad Faishal, Lee Bee Wah, Lim Wee Kiak, Patrick Tay
6. Sembawang - Khaw Boon Wan, Ellen Lee, Hawazi Daipi, Ong Teng Koon, Vikram Nair
7. Tampines - Mah Bow Tan, Irene Ng, Masagos, Baey Yam Keng, Heng Swee Keat
8. Tg Pagar – Lee Kuan Yew (deceased),Lily Neo, Indranee, Chan Chun Sing, Chia Shi-Lu

6 MPs GRCs
1. AMK - PAP Lee Hsien Loong, Yeo Guat Kwang, Inderjit Singh, Seng Han Thong, Ang Hin Kee
2. PasirRis - Teo Chee Hean, Teo Ser Luck, Penny Low, Janil Puthu, Gan Thiam Poh, Zainal

Deleted SMCs and GRC
1. Joochiat – Incumbent: PAP Charles Chong
2. Whampoa – Incumbent: PAP Heng Chee How
3. Moulmein Kallang – Incumbent: Lui Tuck Yew, Yaacob Ibrahim, Denise Phua, Edwin Tong

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Electoral boundaries announced: GE soon?

Singapore moves one step closer to a General Election with the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee report published today. The report outlines 13 Single Member Constituencies (SMCs), six four-seat Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs), eight five-seat GRCs and two six-seat GRCs.

Key highlights:
  • The opposition wards of Aljunied, Hougang and Punggol East remain largely unchanged
  • One in six voters will find themselves part of a different electoral division; in 2011, nearly twice as many voters experienced this
  • New/resurrected GRCs: Marsiling-Yew Tee (four seats) and Jalan Besar (four seats). Jalan Besar was dissolved in the 2011 General Election.
  • Downsized GRCs: Chua Chu Kang, East Coast and West Coast (from five seats each to four seats each.
  • Dissolved/absorbed GRCs: Moulmein-Kallang (four seats)
  • New/resurrected SMCs: Bukit Batok, Fengshan and MacPherson
  • Dissolved/absorbed SMCs: Whampoa and Joo Chiat. In Joo Chiat, PAP’s Mr Charles Chong beat out WP’s Mr Yee Jenn Jong by just 388 votes in 2011.
  • There has been a shift towards smaller GRCs and more SMCs, continuing the trend from GE 2011.
  • Most GRCs had boundaries redrawn, while most SMCs were left as they were
  • The time between the publication of the electoral boundaries report and the dissolution of parliament and the issue of the writ of election has ranged from one day (2001) to nearly two months (2011). It is up to President Tony Tan to decide when to dissolve Parliament.
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ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT RELEASES REPORT ON NEW ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES

The EBRC recommended that Singapore be carved up into 29 electoral divisions, comprising 13 Single Member Constituencies (SMCs) and 16 Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs). This is an increase of 1 SMC and 1 GRC since GE2011.

The sizes of the GRCs have also been altered. Five member GRCs reduced from 11 to 8 while four member GRCs increased from 2 to 6. Six member GRCs remained at 2.

With these changes, the total number of elected MPs will increase to 89, up from the current 87.

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Roy’s analysis of the new boundaries for GE2015

The Singapore general election is coming soon. Some rumours say that the next election will be held on 12 September 2015. It could be earlier, in August after National Day or before the year is out.

The PAP ruling party has gerrymandered and changed the Singapore electoral boundaries yet again.

The changes were announced today. Here is a quick analysis on the changes in the electoral boundaries.

related: Electoral Boundaries Review Committee Report released

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Pritam Singh shares article on the concept of gerrymandering, ends post with a cheeky wink
Workers’ Party Pritam Singh, he of that epic beard and who has no qualms about going head on with ministers in Parliament, shared this political article by Washington Post on his Facebook page on July 21.

Living up to its click-baitish title of “This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see”, the article is indeed – in our humble opinion – the best explanation of gerrymandering we will ever see.

The Aljunied Group Representation Constituency (GRC) Member of Parliament added an innocuous caption of “Looks familiar?” and ended with an cheeky wink emoticon.

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Focus: EBRC members

The names of the five-men Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) were finally revealed on Friday, after the committee submitted its report to Parliament.

While little was known prior to the revelation, we can now take a look at who each of the members are.

The committee is chaired by the Secretary to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, Tan Kee Yong. The Online Citizen (TOC) featured him here: “Secretary to PM chairs Electoral Boundaries Review Committee“. The other members are:
  • Dr Cheong Koon Hean – CEO, Housing Development Board (HDB)
  • Mr Tan Boon Khai, – CEO, Singapore Land Authority (SLA)
  • Ms Wong Wee Kim – Chief Statistician at Singapore Statistics
  • Secretary, Mr Lee Seng Lup – Head of Election Department
related: Report of Electoral Boundaries Committee

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Full Coverage:
AsiaOne: New electoral boundaries announced: 13 SMCs, 16 GRCs
Straits Times: EBRC report: Voters should support candidates who best
Straits Times: How the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee arrived at its report

TODAYonline: Electoral boundaries report: 13 SMCs, 16 GRCs for next GE
Straits Times: EBRC 2015: 13 SMCs in coming election, including 3 new ones
Straits Times: EBRC report 2015: More 4-member GRCs, Moulmein-Kallang gone
Straits Times: Electoral boundaries 2015 report: What's next
TODAYonline: Release of electoral boundaries report among fastest to date
Channel News Asia: EBRC: 3 SMCs reintroduced, but Joo Chiat, Whampoa dissolved
Straits Times: EBRC report: 13 SMCs in coming election, including 3 new ones

Business Times: Singapore's EBRC out, 16 GRCs and 13 SMCs for next
Malaysiakini: Singapore draws boundaries for upcoming general election
New Paper: General Election: 3 SMCs and 1 new GRC
Channel News Asia: Electoral boundaries drawn for next General Election
Yahoo Spore: Committee announces changes to EBRC for next General Election
Channel News Asia: EBRC: Two new GRCs, but Moulmein-Kallang carved up


Countdown to the GE begins

With Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s parliamentary reply yesterday confirming the formation of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) two months ago, the signs are clearer that Singapore’s 12th General Election (GE) will be held in this Golden Jubilee year of independence. However, his reply does not provide clarity as to when the GE will be called. The ruling People’s Action Party craves the element of surprise as to when exactly the nation will go to the polls.


The EBRC’s task is to provide for fair and balanced representation through adjusting electoral boundaries by looking at population shifts and housing developments since the previous boundary delineation exercise in early 2011.


Given that there are 2.46 million eligible voters today, and assuming that the current Member-of-Parliament-to-voter ratio of one to 26,000 is maintained, there could be as many as 94 or 95 electoral seats, up from the current 87. However, the EBRC may recommend a smaller increase or no change in the number of elected Members of Parliament (MPs). Incremental change is always preferred in our political system.


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