This was the last General Election Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong would lead the long-reigning PAP into before handing over to his expected successor, Heng Swee Keat, as Singapore's fourth PM. Heng was the choice of the younger generation of ministers despite suffering a stroke in 2016 and he invited previous fellow PM front-runner Chan Chun Sing to be Deputy PM when he ascends to the top post.

The PAP government continued to draw confidence from Singaporeans although high-profile lapses and declining quality of public services were becoming noticeable, such as cyber-security breaches, miltary training deaths, hygiene standards, transport and postal efficiency.

On the other hand, it was the first time the main opposition WP had a new secretary-general, Pritam Singh, at the forefront after the stepping down of Low Thia Khiang from the post last year. In his last term, Low had faced a leadership challenge from fellow Member of Parliament Chen Show Mao in 2016. The WP-controlled town council went to court over its financial management shortcomings, which WP claims was politically-motivated.

Other opposition parties had mostly been decimated after the last GE and were hardly active, including SDP that had been demoralised from the defeat in the Bukit Batok by-election. Nonetheless, two new parties were registered. One was PV, a small outfit led by former NSP leader Lim Tean.

The other new party stands out among the rest as it was set up by former PAP MP Dr Tan Cheng Bock. A presidential candidate in 2011, Dr Tan holds the rare distinction of being the second PAP MP to venture into opposition politics since Low Yong Nguan who joined SDP in the eighties, except that he served a lengthy six terms totalling 26 years while Low was a one-term MP. PSP was also endorsed hy Lee Hsien Yang, younger brother of PM Lee whom he had fallen out with, along with sister Ms Lee Wei Ling, over the demolishing of the house of their late father Lee Kuan Yew as stipulated in a will. Lee Hsien Yang's wife was referred to the Law Society by the Attorney-General over the execution of that will, while his son faced contempt of court charges. Both Lee siblings claim they were politically-motivated.

Should PAP win this GE, it would set a record among countries with universal suffrage as a party with the second-longest unbroken rule, being in power for 65 years by the end of the parliamentary term in 2024, after Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party that governed the North American country for 71 years from 1929 to 2000.

This marked the first time since the fifties and eighties that the past three GEs were held within the same decade, as they were spaced out by four calendar years.

Singapore held bicentennial celebrations to mark its founding as a modern port city by Sir Stamford Raffles, who first arrived in 1819.

Watch this space.

 
13th Parliament dissolved:
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Overseas vote-counting:
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14th Parliament opening:
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