[Update: The report can be found on the Parliament Library website, here. PDF link.]
GE2015 is coming: The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) has announced the highly-anticipated report on the new electoral boundaries for the upcoming General Election.
It has recommended that the city be divvied up into 29 electoral divisions, with 16 Group Representative Constituencies (GRCs) and 13 Single Member Constituencies (SMCs).
This is an increase from the previous General Elections held in 2011, which had a total of 27 electoral divisions, comprising 15 GRCs and 12 SMCs.
The current electoral boundaries report has removed the Moulmein-Kallang GRC, as well as Bukit Batok, Fengshan, Joo Chiat and MacPherson SMCs.
However, it has added GRCs Marsiling-Yew Tee and Jalan Besar. The latter was present before it was dissolved in the 2011 general elections.
(Click on the image below for the full map, which has polling districts (PDF link) in it)
In the previous elections, Moulmein-Kallang GRC was held by the ruling People’s Action Party, and comprised of Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew, Denise Phua, and Edwin Tong.
Dissolved in 2001, Bukit Batok SMC was then held by Ang Mong Seng, while Fengshan SMC, which was dissolved in 1991, was held by Arthur Beng. Both candidates were from the People’s Action Party.
MacPherson SMC, dissolved in 2011, was held by Matthias Yeo. The current Member of Parliament heading the ward is Tin Pei Ling.
On the other hand, Joo Chiat SMC was held by Charles Chong. Charles had won Workers’ Party candidate Yee Jenn Jong by one of the narrowest margins in the 2011 general elections, making Yee eligible to be a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament.
Yee expressed disappointment at the abolishment of Joo Chiat SMC in a statement to the media.
There are 110,720 more voters this year, compared to the previous election in 2011. Channel NewsAsia has reported that 2,460,977 Singaporeans have registered to vote ahead of the next GE.
Featured photo: William Cho/Flickr via CC BY-SA 2.0