Saturday, 26 January 2013

Punggol East By-Election

Timelapse of Workers' Party's final rally by Jake Wang

In a couple more hours, the results for the by-election of Punggol East would be revealed. 

Which of the four candidates would emerge victorious after nine days of vigorous campaigning?

Would it be:

a) Koh Poh Koon, "the son of Punggol" from the ruling party People's Action Party (PAP),

b) "Jeya baby" Kenneth Jeyaretnam from the Reform Party (RP),

c) Desmond Lim, former protege of Chiam See Tong from the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA), or,

d) Lee Lilian, the sole female contender in this by-election from the Workers' Party (WP)

Whoever it may be, I only hope the residents of Punggol East exercise their voting rights wisely.

That aside, is anyone waiting for Yam Ah Mee tonight? Kee Chiew!

UPDATES: 27 JANUARY 2013

WORKERS' PARTY WON!


Lee Li Lian has won the seat with 16,038 votes, which is 3,182 votes more than Koh Poh Koon. 

Both Desmond Lim and Kenneth Jeyaretnam failed to secure enough votes (at least 12.5 per cent of the valid votes) to retain their $14,500 election deposit.

Lee Li Lian's thank-you note on her FB [source]


She and her entourage thanking the voters this morning [source]



Returning Officer Yam Ah Mee announcing the election results

Mr Yam became an overnight sensation during the General Elections in 2011 after videos of him announcing the results with his monotonous tone of voice went viral.

He will be retiring in March this year therefore this is the very last time that we are seeing him on TV in his capacity as Returning Officer.

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