Writer: Adrian Chia
Qing Song and Lee Chun Keat have been elected the King Edward VII Hall 53rd Junior Common Room Committee (JCRC) President and Vice-President respectively. They garnered 145 votes, winning by a margin of 23 votes. Total number of valid votes was 267 while there were 23 void votes, adding up to a total of 290 votes. Online votes: 69 for Qing Song & Chun Keat, 56 for Wee Lee & Gwendolyn.
The election saw Goh Wee Lee and Gwendolyn Wong pitted against Qing Song and Lee Chun Keat. It was a close match throughout the campaigning period as both teams tried their best to woo voters from all quarters of the Hall residents.
After an exciting campaigning period and a gruelling debate that saw the two teams faced off on various issues related to Hall, it was finally the defining moment for all the candidates as well as all KE residents. The polling process began on 19 March 2009 (Thursday) at 12am, when eligible voters could start voting online. The online voting closed on the same day at 11.59pm. Polling continued on 20 March 2009 (Friday) between 5.30pm and 8pm, when voters who have yet to cast their votes could walk into dining hall and vote. Election Committee Officers were present all the time to ensure the process went on smoothly.
The vote counting process started at 10pm. Under the scrutiny of validators, the Election Committee Officers counted the voting slips. Right from the beginning, both teams fought neck to neck on the tally as the lead kept changing hands. Towards the end, Qing Song and Chun Keat managed to pull away slightly and when the computer votes were added in, their lead expanded to 23 votes. The official result was released at 10.30pm with Qing Song and Chun Keat declared to be the winners.
The election was called after the new constitution was passed on 3 March 2009 (Tuesday). One of the major changes made was the President and Vice-President are to be elected on a joint ticket. The President holds the prerogative to appoint the remaining members of the JCRC. It was a deviation from the past when all positions of the JCRC were contested separately. The details of the changes made to the constitution could be viewed here.
The voices of KE residents have been heard. Now, may the team entrusted with the hope and expectation of all KEVIIans lead the Hall towards greater heights!
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Excerpts of a short interview with Qing Song and Chun Keat right after the polling result was announced:
Me: Congratulations for winning the the election! So how do you feel now?
Qing Song: It’s hard to express our feelings now, it’s not easily descibable with words. We will try our best to gain support from the Hall residents and we will do our best for Hall!
Me: How do you think you can be a good President?
Qing Song: I am willing to serve and I have the passion. I don’t want to disappoint KE Hall. I will work closely with all the Hall Leaders and the SCRC, and get into contact with the residents in Hall.
Chun Keat: Of course we are also willing to learn. Now we got more questions for Aik Leong!
Me: Can we know more about your potential JCRC team?
Chun Keat: Haha, we can’t reveal much now. But what I can tell you is this: as Qing Song is a Chinese, and I am a Malaysian, we will recruit more Singaporeans within the team to maintain a good balance.
Me: How do you find the new election format and the debate?
Qing Song: I find it much better than the old system. As election is now held in the second semester, we can get to know people better and have more time to prepare and to learn. The debate was quite tiring though, but the preparation process certainly helped us in understanding the Hall better. We can also learn from the strengths of the other team.
Me: Anything that you want to tell all Keviians?
Qing Song, Chun Keat: Let’s work for KE together!!