Dr Tony Tan elected Singapore's 7th President
Posted 27 August 2011 - 09:49 PM
SINGAPORE: Dr Tony Tan has been elected Singapore's seventh President, winning by a 0.34 per cent margin, or 7,269 votes.
He secured 744,397 or 35.19 per cent of total valid votes, while Dr Tan Cheng Bock received 737,128 or 34.85 per cent of the valid votes.
Returning Officer Yam Ah Mee announced the results following a recount early Sunday morning.
He had allowed the recount as the difference in votes between the two leading candidates was less than two per cent of the total valid votes cast.
Mr Tan Jee Say got 529,732 votes or 25.04 per cent.
Mr Tan Kin Lian obtained 103,931 or 4.91 per cent of the votes. This means he will lose his election deposit of S$48,000.
Some 2.15 million Singaporeans, or 94.65 per cent of registered electors, cast their votes at 781 polling stations throughout the island on Saturday.
Announcing the results, Returning Officer Yam Ah Mee said the local votes counted are conclusive and that the overseas votes will not affect the results of the election.
5,504 Singaporeans have registered as overseas voters. Their votes will be counted on Tuesday, August 30.
The new President will be sworn in on Thursday, September 1.
Dr Tony Tan told reporters outside the Elections Department that he is extremely happy to serve Singaporeans once again.
In his thank you speech, he pledged to work for all Singaporeans.
"Thanks for being so patient and for all your support," he said, adding his thanks to his wife, family, friends, campaign team and all voters.
He also thanked the other three candidates who have campaigned with vigour, giving Singaporeans a choice.
Dr Tan said: "(A) President is a President for all Singaporeans, not only for those who voted for me, but also those who didn't vote for me. I plan to work for each and everyone of you."
He said the real work begins straight away after a strenuous campaign and he will strive to be the best President for all Singaporeans.
"Please support me and join me and my team ... (and) all of us work to build a better tomorrow for Singapore - a tomorrow which all of us ... can greet with confidence for the future," he added.
the 4 guy share the same surname?
Posted 11 September 2011 - 10:47 AM
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