Following the dissolution of parliament on 6 December 1976, nomination day took place on 13 December followed by polling day on 23 December. For this general election, the number of parliamentary seats was increased by four to 69 seats. This was the result of a redrawing of the constituency boundaries in July that year.
A total of 16 candidates from the People’s Action Party (PAP) were returned unopposed on nomination day. On polling day, two independents and 106 candidates from seven parties contested 53 out of the 69 seats. The parties contesting were the PAP (53 candidates), Workers’ Party (22), United Front (15), Barisan Sosialis (6), United People’s Front (6), Justice Party (2) and Pertubohan Kebangsaan Melayu Singapura (2).
The PAP captured all 53 contested seats with 590,169 votes representing 72.4 percent of the total votes cast. The 1976 general election marked the third time that the PAP had won all the parliamentary seats that it had contested.
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2. Liu, E. (1976, July 20). Elections: S’pore will have 4 more seats. The Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3. The 16 who were returned unopposed… (1976, December 24). The Straits Times, p. 8. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
4. Fong, L., et al. (1976, December 14). 16 seats to PAP without a fight. The Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5. Fong, L. (1976, December 24). 69 to nothing. The Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
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