Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his People's Action Party (PAP) won a landslide victory in the general elections held on December 22, which saw his army general-son score an impressive victory and emerge as a possible heir to the Singapore leadership.
DAY (DECEMBER 22):
SVs Less affluent and disabled go to polls, person in rickshaw (2 shots)
GV & SVs People outside polling booth, placing vote in box (4 shots)
GV, CU & SVs People going to vote, woman places vote in box (3 shots)
NIGHT: (DECEMBER 23):
SV PAN Election officers arrive with ballot boxes (2 shots)
SV Candidates shaking hands with supporters
SV INTERIOR Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew news conference (ENGLISH SOT)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE SIX):
LEE: "The results of the election showed a highly sophisticated electorate. They wanted a PAP government. They were sure they had one. They wanted to put the pressure on the PAP and they wanted some people in Parliament."
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Background: Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his People's Action Party (PAP) won a landslide victory in the general elections held on December 22, which saw his army general-son score an impressive victory and emerge as a possible heir to the Singapore leadership. Mr. Lee said that the electorate had wanted a People's Action Party (PAP) in the parliament, but in fact the party lost two of its 79 parliamentary seats -- besides polling a drastic reduction in its share of popular votes. It was the first time since Singapore achieved independence in 1965 that an opposition candidate had won a seat. Prime Minister Lee called the elections one year early to transfer political power to younger leaders, including his son, Brigadier General Lee Hsein Loong, who won more than 80 per cent of the vote in his constituency -- one of the election's biggest margins. However, following the general slide in the PAP's popularity, Lee hinted that he might relax his tight controls over the island state. He said that his party's dwindling vote was an attempt by a skillful electorate to extract concessions through the ballot box.