LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL GENERAL ELECTION 1948
History of elections in Singapore began here. Only six out of 22 were seats opened to elected Legislative Councillors and another three were to be nominated by the three commercial organisations, namely the Singapore Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Indian Chamber of Commerce. The British colonial government would appoint the remaining 13 seats, which comprised of the posts of Governor, Colonial Secretary, Financial Secretary, Attorney-General, Solicitor-General, two Directors, two Ex-Officio Commissioners and four Non-Officio ones. The two municipal constituencies had two seats each while the two rural ones had one each. Political parties had no standard symbol and every candidate had to ballot for a unique one 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 or her deposit forfeited as the minimum of one-eighth or 12.5% of the votes for rural wards and half the number for two-seat wards was met by all candidates.
Nomination day: 16 February 1948 [Mon]
Registered voters: 22,334
Election deposit: $500