My forecast was fairly 'almost there' - Dr Tony Tan won with 35.19% of total votes!!

In this post, "Dr Tan Cheng Bock shall win the Presidency with 42% votes", I forecast that Dr Tony Tan will gain 36% of total votes. Actual: 35.19%. Not bad, huh? Quite accurate if I may say. Heh.

No, it's actually wrong. That post only considered a scenario involving 3 Presidential candidates. Mr Tan Jee Say was not included in the equation. Well, it makes me wonder what if Mr Tan Jee Say did not run for the Presidency, would Dr Tan Cheng Bock be the President?

Do not get me wrong. Both candidates (Dr Tony Tan & Dr Tan Cheng Bock) are great choice for being the President. Not a surprise the former barely won the race with a decisive 7,296 votes!!

Anyway, congratulations President Tan!

For those who might have missed out his rally. Check out this clip, "Tony Tan's Rally Speech, Boat Quay, Aug 24".

Dr Tony Tan was declared the winner of Singapore's presidential election early Sunday morning after a recount gave him a razor-thin margin.

Dr Tony won a total of 744,397 votes. This was 35.19 per cent of the total votes cast. He won by a margin of 7,269 votes, or 0.34 per cent of the valid votes.

His closest contender was Dr Tan Cheng Bock, who won 737,128 votes, or 34.85 per cent of the votes cast,

Mr Tan Jee Say secured 529,732 votes, or 25.04 per cent of the valid votes.

Mr Tan Kin Lian obtained 103,931 votes, or 4.91 per cent of the valid votes. He will forfeit the $48,000 deposit.

There were 37,826 rejected votes. A total of 2,153,014 votes were cast.

In a speech to his supporters, the President-Elect thanked his wife Mary and his family, as well as his campaign team and supporters.

He also thanked the other three candidates who have "campaigned with vigour" as they have "given Singaporeans a choice". He says he will strive to be the best possible president he can be for all Singaporeans.

"Please support me and join me and my team... to build a better tomorrow for Singapore," he said.

From Asiaone, "Dr Tony Tan is Singapore's seventh president".

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has released a statement commenting on the 2011 presidential election, and congratulating Singapore's third elected president, Dr Tony Tan.

In his message, PM Lee said he has called Dr Tan to assure him of the government's full cooperation.

He also stated that he had "called Dr Tan Cheng Bok to thank him and his supporters for having fought an effective and dignified campaign."

Moving forward, PM Lee urged Singaporeans to come together to face future challenges, now that the election is over.

Below is his statement, in full:


This is the first Presidential Election in 18 years. It is good that Singaporeans have had the chance to vote for their next President, and to focus on what the elected President is about. I thank the four candidates for putting themselves forward.

Voters have chosen Dr Tony Tan as our Head of State, to represent us at home and abroad, and to exercise custodial powers, including over reserves and key appointments.

This was an intensely fought election, and the result was very close. Dr Tony Tan and Dr Tan Cheng Bock (who had the next highest number of votes) both conveyed strong unifying messages, and declared their intention to work closely with the Government. Both have long records of public service – Dr Tony Tan in many roles in Government, and Dr Tan Cheng Bock as a highly respected backbench MP. It is reassuring that Singaporean voters recognised and valued their strengths, as well as their inclusive approach.

Voters faced a difficult choice between Dr Tony Tan and Dr Tan Cheng Bock. This explains why the winning margin is so narrow, and why the winner only gained slightly more than one-third of the total votes. Nevertheless, under our first-past-the-post system, the election has produced an unambiguous winner, who has the mandate to be the next President.

I have called Dr Tony Tan to congratulate him on his election, and assure him of my Government’s full cooperation. I also called Dr Tan Cheng Bock to thank him and his supporters for having fought an effective and dignified campaign.

Now that the election is over, we should all come together again as Singa­poreans, to tackle the challenges that Singa­pore faces, and take our nation forward.

In addition, I would like to thank the election officials for their hard work in ensuring a successful Presidential Election. It has been a massive task to run the election, with 2.15 million people voting, especially with the recount. The officials have done an excellent job.

From Asiaone, "Dr Tan has government's full cooperation: PM Lee".

Singapore's President-elect Tony Tan has said that the most "urgent" task is to reach out to all Singaporeans.

Dr Tan emphasised that the president works for all Singaporeans and he will not be an "ivory tower President", just as President S R Nathan was not.

Dr Tan said this at a press conference on Sunday afternoon, just hours after being elected.

When asked his thoughts about the tight race and his winning margin of just 0.34 percentage points over his closest rival Dr Tan Cheng Bock, Dr Tony Tan said his results were "decisive" in Singapore's first past-the-post system.

"We should look forward to see what we can do rather than look backwards as to the narrow victory, the votes for the other candidates and for myself," Dr Tan said.

"I anticipate that this will be a subject for much commentary and analysis by political commentators and pundits in the coming days and months and I look for ward to reading their views and to see what they make of the elections.

"But as for myself, it's over; now, the question is we have to concentrate on the real work which is what we can do to make Singapore a better place and give Singaporeans a better quality of life."

Dr Tan's priority is to unite an electorate which some have said are polarised in their political views.

"I'm reaching out to all Singaporeans, not only those who support me but also those who have supported other candidates.

"The president must work for all citizens, regardless of who they (voted for); the president must be above politics. He cannot identify himself with any one party.

"All of us have a common destiny in Singapore, whatever party you belong to, whether you vote for me or did not vote for me, I will continue to work for all of you and I think that in the coming years, I will work to unify Singaporeans, heal some of the divisions that exist now and emphasise the need for unity and a common purpose.

"In this way I am confident that we will be able to share a common purpose."

Dr Tan acknowledged that with a more vocal electorate, the process of government would be more difficult, with more confusion and slower decision making.

But he said it is good to have a diversity of views as it enriches society.

As part of the engagement process, Dr Tan wants to use various platforms, such as tea sessions and online social networks to reach out to Singaporeans.

Dr Tan also said: "I don't think it's fair to describe, for example President Nathan's tenure as being in an ivory tower. I think he's made a great effort to reach out to Singaporeans.

"I intend to do the same, not to isolate myself in the Istana but to reach out to various groups, to take an interest in particular issues and to meet a wide spectrum of Singaporeans from all walks of life, different interest groups, to work with them and for them in order to help advance their causes for the benefit of Singaporeans".

With an uncertain global economy, Dr Tan said he hopes to use his experience to help steer Singapore out of troubled waters.

"I view the global economic situation with grave concern. There are problems in Europe, in US. The credit rating has been downgraded. Japan also has its credit rating downgraded as well and many countries, including Singapore, are lowering their growth projections for this year and possibly for next year as well.

"We don't know whether all of these problems will eventually cause another global economic and financial crisis. A lot depends on the actions of government and policy makers and central bankers in the coming weeks and months. We have to monitor this very carefully and with my background in GIC as well as in OCBC.

"I have a wide circle of contacts in the global economic field. I keep up with the news and I can share these views with the prime minister and the other ministers in private meetings.

"The prime minister and his Cabinet will eventually have to make the right decisions but with the experience which I have had over 30 years, I hope that some of my insights and views will be helpful to the PM and his Cabinet when they have to make difficult and uncertain decisions."

"I think the coming weeks and months will be trying for Singapore but we have to remember that Singapore's fundamentals are strong. We have faced challenges before.

"One of the reasons why I decided to run for the presidency is to be able to make a contribution towards resolving some of these issues and helping Singapore to ride through the next crisis if it should hit us. And now that I have been elected as president, I think that will enable me to play that role but one has to recognise that the final decisions will have to be made by the prime minister and his Cabinet."

When asked about the role his wife Mary will play, Dr Tan described how she has always been a pillar of support for him.

"I know my wife Mary has always had a deep concern for people in need, particularly for the older folks; I'm sure that she will be a great first lady and she will fulfil that position with grace and distinction and make a contribution to Singapore in her own right.

"But I still look forward to her support for me as I carry out my functions in the presidency."

During campaigning, there was a lot of talk about the role and responsibility of the elected president in Singapore and Dr Tan said he believes the debate will not end here.

He said the Constitution will evolve because it is a living document and he said he'll do his best to meet the high expectations of Singaporeans.

Dr Tan will be sworn in on Thursday as Singapore's seventh head of state.

Channel NewsAsia will carry the ceremony 'live' at 7.30pm.

From Channel NewsAsia, "PE: Tony Tan lists urgent tasks".

After dropping by Radin Mas Primary School, the first and only counting centre he visited yesterday, Dr Tony Tan predicted "a long night" ahead.

And he was proven right: Some eight hours after polls closed - and following a recount - Dr Tan was elected as the Republic's seventh President.

In his victory speech at Toa Payoh Stadium where his supporters had gathered, a jubilant Dr Tan noted the "strenuous campaign" which clinched a hard-fought victory.

"It is over now. The real work begins straight away," he said to the cheering crowd.

Speaking to reporters later, Dr Tan reiterated that the "President is for all Singaporeans" and pledged to do his "utmost for each and every Singaporean", regardless of their political affiliation.

"I hope to unify Singaporeans because, at the end of the day, Singapore is our home, we share a common destiny and I think all of us should work together for the benefit for our country," he added.

Asked about the defining factor for his win, Dr Tan felt he was able to deliver a clear message to Singaporeans on what his priorities are and what he intended to do over the next six years as President.

Reflecting on the nine-day campaign, Dr Tan's daughter, Patricia, paid tribute to the campaign team of 20 members, who were aided by many helpers and supporters on the ground.

"Sometimes we read that there is a machinery behind the campaign, but we were all looking at ourselves and wondering where it was. It's really a small team (behind the campaign). On Monday, we all go back to our own jobs. We took leave from our jobs just to help out. This is the first time, for many of us, running a campaign," she added.

There was a palpable sense of relief at Toa Payoh Stadium after Dr Tan's victory was confirmed three hours after news filtered through that he had garnered about 8,000 votes more than his closest rival, Dr Tan Cheng Bock.

This was in stark contrast to the anxiety earlier. Throughout the night, the supporters were glued to unofficial updates on Twitter and the websites of news outlets as it emerged that the two front runners were neck and neck in the vote count.

After visiting Radin Mas Primary School, Dr Tan headed back to his campaign headquarters at Emerald Hill Road at around 9.20pm.

There, he linked up with his family and received visitors including former Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Zainul Abidin Rasheed and former actress Sharon Au, who spoke at Dr Tan's rally.

Before leaving for Toa Payoh Stadium at around 11pm, Dr Tan told reporters that the contest was "very close" between the two front runners. But he was tight-lipped on the identities of the pair.

At the stadium, Dr Tan, his family and some campaign advisers gathered in a tent behind the main stage on the field, away from the public's gaze. Dr Tan, who was seated with his children, appeared composed, only getting to his feet occasionally.

According to daughter Patricia, he was less preoccupied with how the contest was panning out than with the effect of the long night on his two grandchildren, aged 12 and 8.

She also noted that Dr Tan was calm throughout the night and had reiterated to those around him that the election process should take its course. "That's Dr Tan's style," she said.

At about 1.10am - when the recount was announced - Dr Tan's two grandsons were brought home as he made his way to the Elections Department.

Returning to Toa Payoh Stadium afterwards, Dr Tan thanked his supporters for their patience and urged them to "stay positive".

Addressing his supporters, Dr Tan said: "I'm sorry that the counting is taking so long."

At around 4.25am, the sight of Returning Officer Yam Ah Mee on the giant screens set up at the stadium caused the supporters to surge forward.

And Mr Yam duly delivered the news that Dr Tan and his supporters had been waiting for: Dr Tony Tan was declared the winner, prompting wild cheers from the supporters.

And uniting Singaporeans was foremost on the new President-Elect's mind. "Now that it is over, we should all unite. Put aside our political affiliations. The presidency is above politics and we should build a better Singapore for everyone," he told his supporters.

Speaking to reporters later, Dr Tan said he will elaborate on his priorities as President in a press conference today.

From Today, "The real work begins now: Tony Tan".


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