Vanishing indeed because there were 9,258 eligible voters who did not cast their votes during the general election in particular for the Aljunied GRC where their votes could have been influential (because Workers' Party only won by a thin margin of just over 2,600 votes) to either a) make a more 'decent' result to the incumbent Workers' Party or b) enable People's Action Party to win back the GRC.
Alas, despite voting being compulsory, there are still such individuals who for whatever reason chose not to vote.
According Elections Dept Singapore website:
Voting at Singapore's presidential elections or parliamentary elections is compulsory for all eligible citizens. It is part of the responsibilities of being an adult Singapore citizen.
It also mentions that you can submit an application to the Registration Officer with an explanation as to why you did not vote. Application may be made online via this website or in person at the Elections Department or any community centre/club. Alternatively, you can download the form here and submit it by post or fax to the Elections Department. However, a fee of $50 will be imposed if you do not have a valid and sufficient reason for not voting.
What? Only $50? I am puzzled. If voting is compulsory, then the seemingly "cost" of not voting at $50 is really rather insignificant, isn't it? See, if something is 'compulsory', but it is not 'enforced', it will very fast lose the meaning of 'compulsory'.
TODAY reports: "We'll reflect on the election outcome and hope that in the near future, we can win a more absolute trust from you," says The Workers' Party's Chen Show Mao.
And perhaps if I may add, to have more awareness raised on the importance to vote...And of course a much harsher, costlier penalty should one fail to vote without a valid and sufficient reason for not voting.