08 May '11, 2pm

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“At the last election, we had only thirty-something polling agents and counting agents,” said Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan at a briefing on Polling Day. He was smiling. The party office was full to overflowing. I hadn’t planned to be a counting agent. Besides having an Australian visitor in town, for weeks my friends were hatching plans to hold election-watch parties. Eventually, nothing much came of those plans and so when at around 4 p.m., a text message came to me from Vincent Wijeysingha appealing for help to round up more counting agents, I was able to volunteer. “How many do you need?” I texted him back. “We need about 100. So send as many as u can,” came the reply. I later learned they were about 40 short as at mid-afternoon. With a flurry of text messages, I rustled up a significant number from among my friends, and via the gay and lesbian ...

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