LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL GENERAL ELECTION 1951
The British colonial government adjusted the number of elected seats from six to nine, approving the suggestion by political parties to carve the two dual-seat municipal constituencies in line with the six municipal districts in the town area, including Balestier (North), Keppel (South), Katong (East) and Tanglin (West). The two rural wards were realigned into three. The 16 appointed seats remained status quo. One of the four Non-Officio Legislative Councillors and only woman Councillor appointed was war heroine Mrs Elizabeth Choy, who also contested unsuccessfully in the 1950 Municipal Commission election. A new additional seat was allocated to a representative from the MC. PP's main political opponent at the municipal level, LP, entered the legislative fray. Well-known Malay politician Mansoor bin Adabi, the husband of Maria Bertha Hertogh (also known as Natra binte Maarof) who was the young Dutch woman whose parentage controversy sparked a racial riot in Singapore a year ago, was slated to contest Bukit Timah as a PP candidate. However, he withdrew his nomination at the last hour for unknown reasons. The campaign manager of PP's vice-chairman John Laycock was Lee Kuan Yew, a legal assistant in Laycock's law firm. Voting was again not compulsory and the privilege of only certain citizens.
Old Council dissolution: 16 February 1951 [Fri]
Registered voters: 48,155
Election deposit: $500