PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION 1972
Unlike the last GE, vibrant contests returned and PAP faced challenges in nearly all seats. In a surprising reversal of its boycott position, BS participated and this fuelled further internal party dissension. WP was rejuvenated by former district judge J. B. Jeyaretnam while its former leader and ex-Chief Minister David Marshall, who had contemplated standing as an independent, was finally kept out of the running by a stingray wound. Former BS and UPP Legislative Assembly Members, Kow Kee Seng and Ng Teng Kian, returned to their previous wards as independents. The report by the Electoral Boundaries Delineation Committee was tabled in Parliament on 19 October 1971 and passed on 31 December 1971, giving birth to seven new constituencies. Despite stiffer competition, PAP captured every seat in Parliament for the second time. Describing the alternatives as having lost their credibility with wavering political manoeuvres coupled with Singapore's progress and development despite having no opposition in Parliament, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and other PAP leaders said that voters did not see a need for political diversity, which would lead to squabbling and impede its effective governance.
2nd Parliament dissolution: 16 August 1972 [Wed]
Election deposit: $500