Voting in Singapore’s election was extended on Friday, after coronavirus infection control measures led to long queues and delays at polling stations. Voting is mandatory in the city-state, and many voters lined up in masks for as long as an hour to cast their ballots. The delays convinced the election authority to drop a requirement for voters to wear gloves, and by evening it had extended voting by two hours to 10pm. The poll is widely seen as a test of views on the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

Organisers had hoped for fast, hygienic voting to minimise risks. Voters were given a recommended time slot and, inside the polling stations, they had to self-scan identity cards and sanitise their hands before receiving a ballot paper. Sample counts are expected soon after polling closes with final results due in the early hours of Saturday.

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