This will be the first general elections in Singapore since the People's Action Party (PAP) founder and Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, died in March. The PAP controls 80 out of 87 seats in parliament.
"I call this General Election to seek your mandate to take Singapore beyond SG50 into its next half century," wrote Prime Minister Lee on Facebook, shortly after the Writ was issued.
"You will be deciding who will govern Singapore for the next 5 years. More than that, you will be choosing the team to work with you for the next 15-20 years, and setting the direction for Singapore for the next 50 years."
"What we have achieved together in Singapore is special. Here many races live in peace, and many from humble homes make good. We will surely meet challenges ahead, but whatever the world throws at us, as one people, we will overcome."
If you are proud of what we have achieved together, and support what we want to do for our future, please support me and my team. We have to do it with you, in order to do it for you, and for Singapore.
Together, we can keep Singapore special for many years to come.
PM Lee who assumed office on August 12, 2004 has called this election more than a year before he is constitutionally required to do so.