Dr Tony Tan is Singapore's seventh president

SINGAPORE - 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.

Dr Tan Cheng Bock
737,128 (34.85%)
Mr Tan Jee Say
529,732 (25.02%)
Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam
744,397 (35.19%)
Mr Tan Kin Lian
103,931 (4.91%)

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