PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION 1976
This was the electoral debut of both Goh Chok Tong, who was to become Singapore's next Prime Minister after Lee Kuan Yew, and Chiam See Tong, standing as an independent candidate, who later became a renowned opposition Member of Parliament. As the PAP government began to establish a credible track record, some opposition parties adopted a stand in closer sync with people's sentiments that no matter how good PAP was, having opposition MPs in Parliament can serve as a check-and-balance or PAP could become authoritarian after being in power for a long time. Four opposition parties, BS, SJP, PKMS and UF, formed the Joint Opposition Council to cooperate at the polls. On 23 July 1976, a bill was tabled based on the 7 May 1976 report of the Electoral Boundaries Delineation Committee. This was passed at the second reading on 3 September 1976. There would be ten new wards and six, Bras Basah, Crawford, Hong Lim, Kampong Kapor, Sepoy Lines and Stamford, would be dissolved. A seat was vacated after PAP MP Wee Toon Boon was convicted under corruption charges and resigned on 15 September 1976. His lawyer, former politician David Marshall, successfully appealed to reduce his original sentence of three years to 18 months in prison. No by-election was held as a GE was nearing and Wee's constituency was one of those that would be delineated. For the first time, election deposit increased following a new policy where the amount would be pegged to one-eighth of an MP's annual allowance. This was PAP's third clean sweep of all seats.
3rd Parliament dissolution: 6 December 1976 [Mon]
Election deposit: $1,200 (+$700)