LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BY-ELECTION 1952

The only woman Legislative Councillor and independent, Mrs V. Menon, was charged in India's courts, along with her lawyer husband, for criminal breach of trust and voluntarily resigned her seat on 25 September 1952. She was later acquitted in February 1953 but did not return to politics. This became the first and only non-PAP uncontested victory in history after only one candidate, City Councillor M. P. D. Nair, entered the race as an independent. A former LP leader, Nair was expelled by his party in March that year. Polling day, which was set on 20 December 1952, did not take place and no election symbol was assigned. Initially, Nair refused to be sworn into office unless the demands of Naval Base Union members in that constituency were met, but later went ahead.

Writ of election: 28 October 1952 [Tue]
Nomination day: 19 November 1952 [Wed]
Member swearing-in: 16 December 1952 [Tue]

Registered voters: 6,509

Election deposit: $500

RESULTS
Seletar
Total seats = 1


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