Even before the voting began, Singapore's ruling party had won Thursday's parliamentary elections. But the prime minister staked his reputation on the outcome and threatened voters who didn't support him.
Only 36 of the 83 elected seats in Parliament are being contested. No one is even challenging the ruling People's Action Party - which has held power since 1959 - for the other 47 seats.Voting was compulsory for 750,000 people in the those districts, and long lines formed early at some polling stations.
But while 36 seats were at stake, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said the election - and his government's reputation - hinges on a single constituency and one opposition candidate.