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Tharman Shanmugaratnam secures 70% vote according to ELD’s sample count, firmly establishing Presidential Role

In Singapore’s 2023 Presidential Election, Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a former PAP senior minister, secured an impressive 70% of the vote, according to the Election Department’s sample count, as of 10.42 pm on Friday night.

His fellow contenders, Mr Ng Kok Song and Mr Tan Kin Lian, earned 16% and 14%, respectively.



SINGAPORE: As the Election Department (ELD) unveiled the results of its sample count for Singapore’s 2023 Presidential Election, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a former senior minister of the People’s Action Party, leading at an overwhelming 70% of the vote, cementing his role as Singapore’s President.

Among Mr Tharman’s fellow contenders, Mr Ng Kok Song, the former GIC investment chief, garnered 16% of the vote, while Mr Tan Kin Lian, the former NTUC Income chief, secured 14%.

Enthusiastic supporters of Mr Tharman erupted into chants of “Tharman” upon seeing the sample count results at Taman Jurong Food Centre.

Addressing reporters after the sample count was announced, Mr Tharman expressed his profound gratitude, stating that he was “humbled by the strong endorsement that Singaporeans have given to me”.

He extended his appreciation to his fellow candidates for contributing to a competitive presidential election.

Furthermore, Mr Tharman thanked the citizens of Singapore for their diligent engagement and calm participation throughout the election period.

“I believe that the vote for me and what I stand for is a vote of confidence in Singapore. It’s a vote of optimism that we can progress together.”

The President is the Head of State and holds office for a term of 6 years.

According to ELD, the President has two important roles – first, as a symbol and unifier of a diverse and multi-racial Singapore; and second, as a custodian of our nation’s past reserves and the integrity of our public service.

While the role of the Singaporean President is largely ceremonial, the city-state has recently experienced a heated Presidential Election campaign, marking the first contested presidential election in over a decade.

Public sentiment during the PE 2023 reflects concerns among Singaporeans, particularly with the ruling party embroiled in controversies.

Issues such as the cost of living, housing affordability, and the nation’s future direction have been prominently voiced.

Although the presidency is constitutionally a non-partisan role, political divisions emerged prior to the election to replace the incumbent Halimah Yacob. Yacob herself had run uncontested for her six-year term in 2017.

Mr Tharman has come under scrutiny since his resignation from the government and the ruling party in June this year, as he seeks to contest in the Presidential race.

Singaporeans cast their vote on Friday to elect their ninth president from three candidates

There are a total of 2,709,455 eligible voters for PE 2023 in the updated voter rolls – an increase of over 55,000 people from the 2,653,942 electors in GE2020.

The polls began at 8 a.m. and closed at 8 p.m. As of 5 p.m. on Friday, a total of 2,302,996 Singaporeans, representing approximately 85 per cent of eligible voters, have cast their vote at the 1,264 polling stations across the island.

Later, the sealed ballot boxes from the polling stations were transported to the 215 counting centres across Singapore, where the ballots were poured out and sorted by election officials.



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I suspect one need not wait to watch any conclusion forthcoming. When TS was proclaimed winner, the end’s is clearly written at the same time.

The Smearing Campaign worked to such a huge degree of impact and efficiency thru to, really really sheeps.

More Foreign Trash arriving at Changi to DISPLACE sheeps whose COTTON WON’T be needed anymore WHEN there’s NO MORE COTTON cover.

Astounding margin of victory !!!

That Tharman was PAP through and through, … seemed not to have made an iota of difference !!!

Many will have to accede that, … SillyPore has most certainly set itself up for perpetual pap domination !!!

Even God and it’s side~kick, Karma, must be wondering, … what the f**k happened to SillyPore, during it’s creation, and were they even around !!!

Congratulations TS. Though an expected result I am truly astounded with your margin of victory. Anyway all the best.

So TS got the mandate with a landslide victory. We got to accept the fact and stop living in denial. My conclusion of the results after checking around. TS is too strong with huge drawing power. His years of existence in the political world and popularity too strong to resist, plus the opponents are too weak. Nks just appeared from nowhere and not many know him before, just 9 days of campaign simply not enough. He did not even put up poster and only rely on social media to promote himself. How many actually know his existence, especially the aged… Read more »

Singapore is now a 2 party system, PAP and WP. All other parties are irrelevant as this election shows

Two things happened: 1) totally unexpected that TS would achieve such high % 2) it is good that NKS and TKL managed to keep their deposits This goes to show that the opposition need to start working on the next GE without delay. The main parties must get together to map out some coherent strategy and agree to not split the opposition votes. Notwithstanding the strong performance by TS, I still maintain the opposition can gain more seats at the next GE. One strategy can be – since the President is from the PAP (no matter what the PAP and… Read more »

Congrats, Singapore! Squidward is now your new president.

Many people wont be able to sleep tonite.

Tkl with renowned opposition backed can on garnered 14%, worse than little known nks at 16%, what happen? A little surprise to me. I suspect his cocky behaviour and foul mouth cause his downfall, as I always said.

Let us not be dismayed by the results. As I posited, the EP, to me, is not important. The G might as well appoint a ceremonial president. All this talk of an independent president is just that – talk.

Let us keep our eyes on the real goal ie to get the opposition win more seats at the next GE to be held within the next 2 years.

At the GE after that ie around 2030, the opposition should be able to break the PAP’s hold of the two thirds majority.

This kind of fella uses connection to get his char siew son into a cushy gov job and when about to be exposed , do behind the scene things to transfer his kiddo to another ‘non -conflicting’ role and when pointed out to all these still accuse ppl of shooting ‘stray bullets’ at him and daft voters give his the elected Presidency?😆😆😆😆🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Congratulations Mr President Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
KNN, Ko Song never lose deposit. Haiz.

Tarman not suitable for president when he as senior minister didn’t even voiced out Ridout 3.1 & 3.2.Where is the integrity as a senior minister .wake up Singaporeans.

Extremely disappointing results. Singaporeans still have not learnt. Let them increase GST as they like.Tharman was part of the govt. when it was increased. How can anybody vote for him unless they are agreeable to the PAP style of governance. Stupidity really has no cure.

Respect For All. Yes, next year GST already confirm to increase, see how long respect for all can last.

Gutzy or TOC are the only places where the opposition are a majority. That does not apply with real life votes

As for TKL, I guess his ego just took a big hit … again

They kelong one or two PE before, no reason to doubt that they can kelong this one too.

Once again we get reminded why Singaporeans are called SHEEP

At this point, at 11.15 pm, both NKS and TKL are still within the margin of error in the sample count and thus can still lose their deposits.