It's an election, officially. Nomination Day came and I watched the coverage from 11 to noon on Channel NewsAsia. Mostly it was a lot of bouncing around nomination centres where opposition candidates were expected, and looking for things that count as exciting among people who watch elections very closely. The interesting flap I saw was one of the assenters for an opposition party backed out at the last minute, so they had to find one of their backup assenters. It may not sound like much, but when the big story is ``will the People's Action Party win by an overwhelming margin today, or will it have to wait for the actual election?'' you take what intrigue you can get.
And it turns out technically to not be a formality. Between the Singapore Democratic Alliance, the Workers' Party, and the Singapore Democratic Party, there were only 37 ``walkover'' uncontested candidates. With 84 seats available this makes the first time since 1988 that the People's Action Party wasn't guaranteed a win before the election. In the past few elections the opposition parties had deliberately kept the number of candidates to under half the seats, on the theory that voters would feel freer to vote for opposition candidates if they knew it wouldn't affect the party in power. It turns out voters didn't grasp that theory. I'm including the party logos here because they make me happy.
Trivia: On the Bounty, Captain William Bligh slept with his door unlocked. Source: Mutiny: A History of Naval Insurrection, Leonard F Guttridge.
Currently Reading: The Gameplayers of Zan, MA Foster.