- Title: SINGAPORE-ELECTION/LEE Singapore's Prime Minister casts his vote for the election
- Date: 11th September 2015
- Summary: SINGAPORE (SEPTEMBER 11, 2015) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF POLLING STATION ELECTION WORKERS CHECKING IDENTIFICATIONS OF VOTERS SINGAPORE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE, NG ENG HEN, GOING IN POLLING STATION TO VOTE NG SMILING ELECTION WORKERS CHECKING VOTERS' IDENTIFICATIONS NG WALKING OUT OF POLLING STATION (SOUNDBITE) (English) SINGAPORE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE, NG ENG HEN, SAYING: "I would say the temperature is cooler but every general election there can be change and we have to prepare for change, whether it's political climate or challenges that Singapore will face together." SINGAPORE PRIME MINISTER, LEE HSIEN LOONG, ARRIVING AT POLLING STATION LEE ENTERING POLLING STATION ELECTIONS WORKERS CHECKING VOTERS' IDENTIFICATION (SOUNDBITE) (English) SINGAPORE PRIME MINISTER, LEE HSIEN LOONG, SAYING: "I feel good thank you, I've cast my vote, I've visited my polling stations in Ang Mo Kio and this evening I'll be looking at the results." VARIOUS OF LEE WALKING AWAY FROM POLLING STATION REPORTER ASKING (English): "Are you worried about the results? (SOUNDBITE) (English) SINGAPORE PRIME MINISTER, LEE HSIEN LOONG, SAYING: "We always watch carefully." REPORTER ASKING: "How confident are you in the results?" LEE REPLYING: "We've done our best." REPORTER ASKING: "What do you see for the future of Singapore? 10 years, 15 years? LEE REPLYING: "That's for Singaporeans to choose and that's what this election is about." LEE SMILING (SOUNDBITE) (English) SINGAPORE PRIME MINISTER, LEE HSIEN LOONG, SAYING: "I think we have had some impact, of course we'd like people to listen and absorb more always, but I think we've got our messages across." LEE GETTING INTO CAR CAR DRIVING AWAY
- Embargoed: 26th September 2015 13:00
- Location: Singapore
- Country: Singapore
- Topics: General
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- Story Text: Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday (September 11) cast his vote in its most hotly-contested general election to date, even though the ruling party is bound to win.
Lee, who voted in a constituency in the south of the city with his wife, Ho Ching, said he was confident.
"I feel good thank you, I've cast my vote, I've visited my polling stations in Ang Moh Kio and this evening I'll be looking at the results," he said.
When asked whether was worried about the results, he replied, "We always watch carefully. We've done our best."
He was also asked what he saw for the future of Singapore.
"That's for Singaporeans to choose and that's what this election is about," he said.
"I think we have had some impact, of course we'd like people to listen and absorb more always but I think we've got our messages across," he added.
The PAP, which has ruled since independence, has a bedrock of support and will win the bulk of parliament's seats but opposition inroads would challenge its dominance.
The PAP's share of the vote dropped to 60.1 percent in the last election, in 2011, its lowest ever. Nevertheless, it held 79 of a total 87 seats in the outgoing parliament.
Years of strong growth have turned the island nation into an international financial hub with spotless streets and malls, well-tended parks and living standards unmatched in Southeast Asia.
But that success and an influx of foreign workers have brought high property prices, crowded public transport, and a widening wealth gap which have fueled resentment among many in a city that surveys rank as one of the world's most expensive.
Opposition parties are hoping to take advantage of the grumbling and are contesting all 89 seats in parliament for the first time since independence in 1965.
The opposition has focused its campaign on the bread-and-butter issues of jobs, healthcare and housing. Preliminary results are expected from a couple of hours after the polls close at 8 p.m. (1200 GMT).
Voting is compulsory for almost 2.5 million eligible voters.
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