PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION 1968
This very first GE for the seats of Parliament saw the longest campaigning period ever in Singapore history and also the shortest time a legislature was convened after a GE. Following the resignations of 11 BS Members of Parliament and two BS MPs who left Singapore to escape from the Internal Security Department, the legislature was left with only PAP MPs. An Electoral Boundaries Delineation Committee was formed to examine the current demarcations factoring in an increase in population and presented its findings on 25 August 1967. The Parliamentary Membership Bill was read on 31 October 1967 and passed on 14 November 1967, which carved out eight new wards and one, Southern Islands, was divided into the nearby mainland wards of Jurong, Pasir Panjang and Telok Blangah in lieu of its reducing population. BS boycotted the GE on the grounds that Singapore's independence was "phoney". Most opposition parties except WP heeded its call, with WP fielding candidates in former BS turfs. The chiefs of PKMS (former UMNO) Ahmad Haji Taff and SCP (former MCA) Chng Boon Eng turned up but did not file their nominations. Due to the boycott, three precedents were set. Firstly, the least number of seats were contested. Secondly, it was first time PAP returned to power on nomination day. Thirdly, a single party captured all seats in the legislature. For nearly five decades, uncontested constituencies would become a significant feature in every GE.
1st Parliament dissolution: 8 February 1968 [Thu]
Election deposit: $500