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Result of WP victory suspected as early as 930 p.m.

Result of WP victory suspected as early as 930 p.m.

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Small volume of ballots and two-horse race made leaks from counting centres easy.

Leaks from the counting centres on social media made mainstream media 'live' updates about polling results look bad. And very slow.

Leaks from the counting centres on social media made mainstream media ‘live’ updates about polling results look bad. And very slow.

For those of you who are curious as to how Facebook and Twitter constantly beat Channel News Asia last night to bring ‘live’ reports about the polling updates and results indicating a Workers’ Party lead over the PAP, well, here’s how:

Only two counting centres

In this Punggol East SMC by-election, there were only two counting centres: North Vista Secondary School and Rivervale Primary School.

Counting centres are where all the action happens and where all the leaks about who is in the lead come from.

In a typical GRC battle, there can be a lot more counting centres, hence, making tabulating the overall votes and swings a bitch to handle.

However, in last night’s tallying, ballot boxes from the 10 polling centres were brought to only these two counting centres.

A total of 29,832 valid votes and 417 rejected votes came in. Typically, each polling centre would have between 2,000 to 3,000 ballot slips.

So, each counting centre handled about 15,000-odd ballot slips.

Counting process

Once ballot boxes are broken open, usually at about 9 p.m., all the ballot slips are poured onto large tables. Counting staff (usually civil servant types) will be assigned to count the ballots.

The aim of the counting staff is, therefore, to sort the ballots into piles.

How fast does it take?

Well, usually within the first 10 to 15 minutes of sorting, the result as to who is leading and losing will be quite clear as the ballots are stacked into piles.

Will it be a two-horse race? Or a landslide?

You can answer these questions very confidently just by looking at the piles.

The amazing thing about statistics is that by grabbing at random a handful of ballots, you can almost immediately tell how the votes are spread.

And the whole process of sorting takes about 30 minutes at most.

Leaks

So, can you begin to imagine the glee of WP counting agents inside the counting centres, as they are bouncing up and down on the inside but still have to maintain a professional poker face on the outside as they see the piles stack up?

These counting agents are assigned by the various political parties to oversee the counting process to make sure it is fair.

And this is also where all the leaks come from: Counting agents.

They can give a fairly accurate report about what the tally is at any given time via WhatsApp or SMS. Which is why you hear all these numbers flying about on social media about who is in the lead.

So if you ever want to find out fairly accurately what the vote tally is before everyone else in Singapore does, it is important to make friends with people who might end up as counting agents.

Punggol East shows up on Google Maps for the first time

Punggol East shows up on Google Maps for the first time

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Singaporeans discover mysterious housing estate during Workers’ Party rally

It was only midway through Hougang MP Png Eng Huat’s speech that Aljunied resident Johnson Lim found his way to the Workers’ Party rally location — a little known field in front of Blk 183C Rivervale Crescent. But it wasn’t because he intentionally decided to turn up late. Like many other Singaporeans, he had lost his way there after being misled by Google Maps.

“I heard of this mysterious constituency only after the Michael Palmer sex scandal. But even then, I still wasn’t sure where it was located,” said Lim on the single-member ward that is currently being contested by four different political parties.

According to Lim, he tried searching the rally location on Google Maps but found only a brown patch representing the area, which is also known as “the place where birds do not lay eggs”.

A screenshot of Rivervale Crescent on Google Maps at 630pm. Courtesy: Johnson Lim.

A screenshot of Rivervale Crescent on Google Maps at 630pm. Courtesy: Johnson Lim.

In a statement issued to New Nation, Google admitted to the technical lapse and said that it was “continuously refining” its search process and take customer feedback very seriously.

The lapse was rectified by 8.30pm, which resulted in the crowd at the rally swelling to the thousands.

Despite rain, mud and a palpable lack of packet dinners for rally-goers, Workers' Party supporters still turned up in the thousands.

Despite rain, mud and a palpable lack of packet dinners for rally-goers, Workers’ Party supporters still turned up in the thousands.

Other rally-goers also reported being befuddled by the LRT system which, they admitted, had never used before.

“I heard of this mysterious transport system that looked like the sky train at Changi Airport, but never sat on it before. My daughter was quite excited when we used it for the first time,” said Teddy Tan, an Hougang resident, who was with his four-year-old daughter Jinny.

“Finding out about this place is like stumbling upon a secret garden. Everything so mysterious! Down to the station names. Rumbia has such a nice ring to it no? Like some type of rare jewel.”

The People’s Action Party and the Workers’ Party have both kicked off their respective campaigns to win over the 33,000 voters in Punggol East SMC. Neither party has addressed the inexplicable forcefield surrounding the constituency, which blocks the area from radar detection and geo-tagging devices.

The low turnout for the PAP rally on Friday could be attributed to the Google Maps breakdown, which was only rectified on Saturday.

The low turnout for the PAP rally on Friday could be attributed to the Google Maps breakdown, which was only rectified on Saturday.

This hitch has reportedly prevented contractors from completing construction work at Rivervale Plaza as workers would forget what they were doing upon entering the protected zone.

Both parties are expected to address this concern in upcoming rallies.

Announcement: New Nation to support Midas Jin Jue Lui in Punggol by-election

Announcement: New Nation to support Midas Jin Jue Lui in Punggol by-election

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Minority opposition party, the Every Day Party (EDP) has announced that it would field Midas Jin Jue Lui, also known as Mr Brown s/o Sim Lim, as its candidate for the upcoming Punggol East by-election on 26th Jan.

A “non-partisan non-organisation founded in 2011 to counter boring politics in Singapore”, it has yet to register as a political association as none of its founders are dashing enough to have their mugshots displayed in public.

Therefore, it is likely that Jin will be contesting as an independent candidate using the EDP as an election vehicle to mobilise popular support online.

As of 9 Jan 2013, Jin held two portfolios — Acting Minister in the Ministry of Healthy Bowel Movement and Plywood as well as Minister without portfolio.

He was seen in a PAP campaign video to be “behind” the PAP’s candidate, ass doctor colorectal surgeon Koh Poh Koon, “100 percent”. Yet he appeared to have had a change of heart two days later.

According to sources within the EDP, he became frustrated with piles of administrative work and in his own words, decided to “tear the PAP a new one”.

The announcement that Jin would be a candidate in Punggol came as a shock to the People’s Action Party, who had been expecting a resounding victory in line with an opinion poll done by nation-building press The Straits Times.

“We all knew Midas to be a bit of a turd. But for him to turn the other cheek, to quit the party and to abandon his Ministry just two days after releasing the campaign video… that speaks of a shitty character,” said a member of Jin’s inner circle within the PAP.

The Workers’ Party and the Singapore Democratic Party, both which are expected to contest in the election, could not be reached for comment as they are busy fighting each other.

“When we saw Midas’s campaign video on his website, we were floored by his sincerity in curing the anal-retentive disorder that is plaguing the nation,” said New Nation co-founder and Yahoo! columnist whose name begins with B and ends with T. The editors of the news website which is usually 50% real, have pledged to donate $1 each to Jin’s campaign fund, together with $5,000 worth of moral support each.

This leaves Jin with $997 to raise to cover his election deposit.

“Jin will probably not lose his deposit in this by-election,” said self-styled political pundit Eric de Yaya. “With his partial Indian heritage, he will get some cache from the minority races, and especially those who have known his father, Sim Lim s/o Rochor. His entering the fray would make this by-election a seven-cornered fight, which means a lot of corners.”

Jin could not be contacted for comment and despite multiple reminders to collect his nomination papers, he appears to be more interested in watching Korean dramas than contesting in the election.

We are sure this is a cunning political ploy. Of some sort.

PAP doesn’t know when PAP will call for by-election

PAP doesn’t know when PAP will call for by-election

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PM Lee Hsien Loong’s announcement of a by-election will catch his own political party by surprise.

Dr Koh Poh Koon, left, has an interesting career.

In the strangest twist to Singapore politics yet, it has been reported that the ruling party PAP will be caught by surprise when its own Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calls for a by-election in Punggol East SMC.

Teo Ser Luck, who is overseeing Punggol East SMC after Michael Palmer sacked himself as MP for porking another woman who is not his wife, dismissed talk that any by-election is around the corner.

Or that PAP has any knowledge that the PAP knows when or if the PAP is calling for one.

Teo, acted blur when he told reporters at the Punggol East Meet-the-People Session, who had asked why the PAP is hoarding plywood for election posters: “As a political party, we must always be ready if an election is called. Whether we bought the plywood or didn’t buy the plywood, or we have gotten any other type of item or equipment, I think it’s just about getting ready at all times, apart from the things we’re doing today, which is really serving and helping the residents.”

However, what is certain is that the PAP is set to unveil its latest candidate who might contest in Punggol East SMC.

He specialises in looking up people’s ass.

He is a colorectal surgeon, Dr Koh Poh Koon.

He was spotted distributing food rations to residents in the Punggol East SMC area.

But according to Teo Ser Luck, he is “just his friend who is interested in volunteering”.

On a Tuesday evening. Because he happened to take some time off work. And happened to dress in white.

Nothing suspicious there. Just browsing. Happened to pop by the area. Ok got to go now.