1948 Rural West by-election

A by-election was held in the Rural West constituency of the Legislative Council of Singapore on 16 October 1948.[1] Independent candidate Balwant Singh Bajaj was elected with 55.5% of the vote, taking his seat on 19 October.

1948 Rural West by-election
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16 October 1948
Turnout3,121 (72.94%) Decrease 0.46%
  Majority party Minority party Third party
Candidate Balwant Singh Bajaj Cheong Hock Chye Maganlal Garangam
Party Independent PP Independent
Seats won 1 0 0
Seat change Increase 1 Steady Steady
Popular vote 1,638 705 606
Percentage 55.54% 23.91% 20.55%
Swing n/a Increase 0.45% n/a

Councilor before election

S. C. Goho

Elected Councilor

Balwant Singh Bajaj


General elections for the Legislative Council had been held in March 1948. However, Srish Chandra Goho, who was elected in the Rural West constituency died on 24 July. A writ for a by-election was issued on 12 August, and nominations were required by 3 September.[1]


The Progressive Party nominated Cheong Hock Chye, who had run as an independent in the Rural East constituency in the general elections earlier in the year. Cheong faced two independents, one of which had presented his nomination at the last minute.[1]


Balwant Singh BajajIndependent1,63855.54
Cheong Hock ChyeProgressive Party70523.91
Garangam MaganlalIndependent60620.55
Valid votes2,94994.49
Invalid/blank votes1725.51
Total votes3,121100.00
Registered voters/turnout4,27972.94
Independent hold
Source: Singapore Elections


  1. ^ a b c Legislative Council By-election 1948 Singapore Elections