07 May '11, 2am

Voting begins in Singapore polls; ruling party tipped to win

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singaporeans began voting on Saturday in the most hotly contested parliamentary election since independence, although analysts say the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) is almost certain to be returned to power in the wealthy city-state. Voting is compulsory in Singapore, a former British colony which in 1965 became a republic after breaking away from Malaysia , and a steady stream of voters was filing into polling stations since they opened at 8 a.m. (0000 GMT). Voting ends at 8 p.m. and results should be known a few hours after that. About 2.2 million people are eligible to vote. "This election is different. So many constituencies are being contested and the opposition has fielded many quality candidates," said Andrew Poh, a regional manager with an aviation firm. The opposition is contesting 82 of 87 seats in parliament, the most ever, with the PA...

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