The Municipal Commission was renamed City Council after Singapore was granted the status of a British city. The six City Councillors whose term expired had won the biggest victories in the first Municipal Election in 1949. They were three from PP, all whom were seeking a new term, and three independents, all whom were retiring. One of the independents, P. J. Johnson, was elected under LP. Meanwhile, a sitting independent Councillor in Rochore and former PP member, S. A. Mohamed Ali, returned to PP's fold. For the first time, LP won more seats than PP, which continued to face declining support. All seats changed hands as PP captured new wards and lost old ones. Independent candidates fared worse than in previous municipal elections.

Nomination day: 5 November 1951 [Mon]
Polling day: 1 December 1951 [Sat]

Registered voters: 26,831
Voter turnout: 15,920 (59.3%)

Election deposit: $250

City East North Rochore South West
Total seats = 6