LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL GENERAL ELECTION 1948

History of elections in Singapore began with this GE. Only six out of 22 seats were opened to election, which would constitute part of the Unofficial bench along with four Legislative Councillors nominated by the British-appointed Governor and three each nominated by the commercial organisations, namely the Singapore Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Indian Chamber of Commerce. The remaining nine seats forming the Official bench comprised of the Ex-officio posts of the Colonial Secretary, Financial Secretary, Attorney-General, Municipal Commission President and five civil servants nominated by the Governor. The municipal constituencies had two seats each while the rural ones had one each. Political parties could not adopt a standard symbol and every candidate had to ballot for a unique symbol from the elections office. PP was the only contesting party. Voting was not compulsory and a privilege only to those classified as "British subjects", which constituted about 2% of Singapore's population of over 940,000 residents. No candidate had his deposit forfeited as all had met the minimum of one-eighth or 12.5% of the votes for rural wards and half this number for two-seat wards. Prominent Malay politician Sardon Haji Jubir, president of SMU, UMNO Malaya supreme council member and sitting Municipal Commissioner, was one of the elected independent candidates and served only one term before returning to the Peninsular. He was to serve as a minister in Malaysia, Penang's head of state and deputy president of UMNO Malaysia.

Nomination day: 16 February 1948 [Mon]
Polling day: 20 March 1948 [Sat]
Council convention: 1 April 1948 [Thu]

Registered voters: 22,334
Voter turnout: 14,126 (63.2%)
Total ballots: 25,072

Election deposit: $500

RESULTS
Two-seat constituencies One-seat constituencies
Municipal North-East Municipal South-West Rural East Rural West
Total seats = 6


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