LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL GENERAL ELECTION 1951
The number of elected seats increased from six to nine, while the remaining 16 appointed seats would be status quo. The British government approved the suggestion by political parties to carve the six constituencies within the city according to municipal districts, including Balestier (North), Keppel (South), Katong (East) and Tanglin (West), while the rural area was divided into three instead of two. Gone were joint districts. One of the four Non-Officio Legislative Councillors and only woman Councillor appointed was war heroine Mrs Elizabeth Choy, who contested unsuccessfully in the 1950 Municipal Commission election. Another 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, husband of Maria Bertha Hertogh (also known as Natra binte Maarof), the young Dutch woman whose parentage controversy sparked a racial riot in Singapore a year ago, planned to contest Bukit Timah under PP but withdrew his nomination at the final minute for unknown reasons. The campaign manager for PP vice-chairman John Laycock was Lee Kuan Yew, a legal assistant in the former'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