45% cast votes by noon in Punggol East by-election, says Elections Department

Residents of the Punggol East constituency are voting today in a by-election. 

By noon, about half of eligible voters have cast their votes. 

A steady stream of voters headed for the polling stations when they opened at 8am. 

About 31 thousand are casting their votes in Singapore while another 59 will do so overseas. 

They're choosing a Member of Parliament, after former parliamentarian, Mr Michael Palmer of the ruling People's Action Party, stepped down in mid-December following an extramarital affair. 

Many residents started the weekend by heading straight for the ballot box. 

The four candidates were also present at various polling stations. 

Dr Koh Poh Koon from the ruling People's Action Party, Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam from the Reform Party, Mr Desmond Lim from the Singapore Democratic Alliance and Ms Lee Li Lian from the Workers' Party moved from station to station to observe the voting process. 

Voting will end at 8pm, with the results expected just after 10pm.