World

Campaigning starts in Singapore elections where ruling party faces unprecedented opposition

  • Singapore's opposition Workers' Party supporters cheer on their candidates at a nomination center, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Singapore. Singapore will hold a general election on Sept. 11, in what is expected to be a tight contest for the ruling party that has dominated politics in the city-state for 50 years but is now facing growing disaffection among citizens. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Singapore's opposition Workers' Party supporters cheer on their candidates at a nomination center, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Singapore. Singapore will hold a general election on Sept. 11, in what is expected to be a tight contest for the ruling party that has dominated politics in the city-state for 50 years but is now facing growing disaffection among citizens. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

  • Singapore's opposition Workers' Party supporters cheer on their candidates at a nomination center, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Singapore. Singapore will hold a general election on Sept. 11, in what is expected to be a tight contest for the ruling party that has dominated politics in the city-state for 50 years but is now facing growing disaffection among citizens. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Singapore's opposition Workers' Party supporters cheer on their candidates at a nomination center, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Singapore. Singapore will hold a general election on Sept. 11, in what is expected to be a tight contest for the ruling party that has dominated politics in the city-state for 50 years but is now facing growing disaffection among citizens. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

  • Singapore's Prime Minister and Secretary General of the ruling People's Action Party Lee Hsien Loong makes his way to an election nomination center with other party members, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Singapore. Singapore will hold a general election on Sept. 11, in what is expected to be a tight contest for the ruling party that has dominated politics in the city-state for 50 years but is now facing growing disaffection among citizens.  (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

    Singapore's Prime Minister and Secretary General of the ruling People's Action Party Lee Hsien Loong makes his way to an election nomination center with other party members, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Singapore. Singapore will hold a general election on Sept. 11, in what is expected to be a tight contest for the ruling party that has dominated politics in the city-state for 50 years but is now facing growing disaffection among citizens. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)  (The Associated Press)

Singapore's political parties have officially started campaigning for general elections in which the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) faces contests in all available seats for the first time in the island-nation's history.

Campaigning will end on Sept. 9, two days before the election on Sept. 11, where political parties will vie for 89 seats. While official campaigning starts Tuesday, most parties have already introduced their candidates through press conferences, heartfelt videos and even savvy mobile applications.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is secretary-general of the PAP, urged voters to give his party, in power for the last 50 years, a "fresh and strong mandate" in setting the direction for the next 50 years.