Singapore's 4-Tan presidential battle

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    Singaporeans went to the polls from 8 am to 8 pm (Singapore time) on August 27 to elect their next president. The Singapore president has no executive powers. His duties are ceremonial.

    The presidential elections in Singapore, in which the President of Singapore is directly elected by popular vote, were introduced through amendments to the Constitution of Singapore in 1991. Today's election is considered the most keenly contested since its introduction in 1991. There are 4 candidates fighting for one seat.

    The following may be some of the possible outcomes of the election.

    1. According to the rules of the election, if a presidential candidate gets less than 12.5 per cent of the votes, he will lose his deposit of S$48,000. Hence if the winner gets more than 62% of the votes, at least one candidate will lose his deposit.

    2. If the winner gets less than 50% of the votes, his result is certainly not very satisfactory as it implies that he is supported by less than half of the population.

    3. Dr Tony Tan is expected to be the winner because he is academically the most qualified Of the four candidates. In addition, many state organisations have openly voiced support for him. However, a surprising outcome could not be ruled out as more Singaporeans have indicated that they want the president to speak out for them.

    News of the presidential election can be obtained from the following links:

    Singapore Presidential Elections - Live coverage of results
    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/presidentialelections/

    Singapore life
    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/photos/singapore-life-1313979074-slideshow/

    Presidential elections in Singapore
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_elections_in_Singapore

    Four candidates confirmed in Singapore presidential election
    http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90777/7572194.html

    Who will be Singapore’s next Elected President?
    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singaporescene/singapore-elected-president-155619402.html

    Parody election videos tickle voters
    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singaporescene/parody-election-videos-tickle-voters-122433649.html

    presidential deposit
    http://singazen.com/election/presidential_deposit

    Tan Jee Say the Master Tactician
    http://singstatistician.blogspot.com/2011/07/tan-jee-say-master-tactician.html

    NATHAN: I’VE DONE MY BEST
    http://thesatayclub.net/2011/08/nathan-ive-done-my-best/

    Tan Kin Lian eyes constructive ties with Prime Minister
    http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/08/18/tan-kin-lian-eyes-constructive-ties-with-prime-minister/

    Tan Kin Lian — YouTube star?
    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/what-is-buzzing/tan-kin-lian-youtube-star-105008777.html
     
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    Early on Sunday morning of August 28, former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan Keng Yam was announced as Singapore's seventh president, narrowly defeating Dr Tan Cheng Bock by a 0.34 per cent margin or by 7,269 votes. He secured 744,397 or 35.19 per cent of about 2.1 million votes in Saturday's election, while the latter obtained 737,128 or 34.85 per cent of the votes. Tan Jee Say earned 25 percent of the vote, while Tan Kin Lian got 5 percent, losing his deposit of S$48,000 as a result.

    Despite (or because of?) his stature as former Deputy Prime Minister in the ruling party and having been tacitly endorsed by the government and publicly supported by the various pro-establishment unions and organizations, he scored a narrow victory of 35.19 per cent. This is undeniably a poor performance. It also portends that the ruling party will face another tough battle in the next general election.

    More about Singapore's presidential election in the following links:

    Singapore narrowly elects Tony Tan as president
    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-narrowly-elects-tony-tan-president-204757285.html

    Now to look forward and focus on task: Tony Tan
    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/sing...orward-focus-tasks-dr-tony-tan-145114875.html

    I pledge to work with all S’poreans: Dr Tony Tan
    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singaporescene/pledge-poreans-dr-tony-tan-001509722.html

    Singapore Presidential Election 2011 Results
    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/photos/singapore-presidential-election-2011-results-1314451792-slideshow/

    Singapore life
    Photos from PE Polling Day
    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/photos/singapore-life-1313979074-slideshow/

    All is Tan (With Lyric and Sing along) - MrBrown Show Production
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF510RL6PoE"]All is Tan (With Lyric and Sing along) - MrBrown Show Production - YouTube[/ame]

    Dr Tony Tan, Chickens, Sexy Quotes & Mandarin (Singapore Presidential Election 2011 Parody)
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c31l_baSTWM"]Dr Tony Tan, Chickens, Sexy Quotes & Mandarin (Singapore Presidential Election 2011 Parody) - YouTube[/ame]

    Tony Tan
    What if he loses?
    http://www.littlespeck.com/content/politics/CTrendsPolitics-110820.htm

    Political Commentary
    The Elected Presidency: More Of The Same Or A Whole New Game?
    http://catherinelim.sg/

    Elected Presidency may be Tony Tan’s toughest challenge yet
    http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/08/elected-presidency-may-be-tony-tan’s-toughest-challenge-yet/

    Singaporean presidential election, 2011
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singaporean_presidential_election,_2011

    PM Lee: Dr Tony Tan will unify S’poreans
    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singaporescene/pm-lee-dr-tony-tan-unify-poreans-035215413.html

    Tony Tan will be unifying figure if elected: PM Lee
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1137172/1/.html

    FLOOD OF ENDORSEMENTS FOR TONY TAN
    http://thesatayclub.net/2011/06/flood-of-endorsements-for-tony-tan/

    Will Dr Tony Tan suffer a voter backlash?
    http://newasiarepublic.com/?p=32160

    Dr Tony Tan on PM Lee's endorsement
    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20110818-295094.html

    How Independent Is Dr. Tony Tan?
    http://singaporerecalcitrant.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-independent-is-dr-tony-tan.html

    Hypocrite PAP Reiterates Pro-Tony Tan Stance
    http://singaporeelection.blogspot.com/2011/08/paps-hypocritical-stance.html

    Crowds boo during Dr Tony Tan's Nomination Day speech
    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20110818-295058.html
     
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    Three months later, the above opinion was "echoed" by none other than Singapore's PAP Secretary-General and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at his party's convention on Sunday, November 27. He said that "the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) can expect future general elections to be tougher contests and should not expect any more clean sweeps and safe wards".

    Please refer to the following links:

    1. PAP must expect tougher fights in future elections: PM Lee
    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1167881/1/.html

    2. No more easy polls for PAP
    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.as...nsightdownsouth/10019632&sec=insightdownsouth
     

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