The 53rd JCRC Presidential Elections: QING SONG IS PRESIDENT-ELECT!

Writer: Adrian Chia

Chun Keat and Qing Song

Chun Keat and Qing Song

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.

Polling Day

Polling Day

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.

Opening the voting boxes

Opening the voting boxes

Vote counting

Vote counting

All those who were present to witness the defining moment

All those who were present to witness the defining moment

A sample of an invalid vote

A sample of an invalid vote



Tied at 57-57

Tied at 57-57

Huey Shin announcing the final result

Huey Shin announcing the final result

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.

Election Committee 08/09

Election Committee 08/09

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!!


11 Responses to “The 53rd JCRC Presidential Elections: QING SONG IS PRESIDENT-ELECT!”

  1. 1 TC
    March 20, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    Congrats Qing Song & Chun Keat! Serve the Hall well!

  2. 2 Sha
    March 20, 2009 at 11:16 PM

    Yea..Congrats Qing Song. May you truly bring KE and KE culture to greater heights. We’re counting on you.

  3. 3 Vince
    March 20, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    Congrats to Qing Song and Chun Keat.

    To Wee Lee and Gwen, I hope you could help them out with their term even though you lost. Maybe you can even consider joining them as a member of the 53rd JCRC and continue to serve KEVII.

  4. March 20, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    yup, in the end it’s the Hall and its residents that wins. i hope that all 4 of them – Qing Song, Chun Keat, Wee Lee & Gwen – will forget any transient misconceptions or misplaced prejudices and work well together for the Hall for AY 2009/10.

    there’s a lot to be done! :)

    next AY’s gonna be exciting!

  5. March 21, 2009 at 12:04 AM

    agree with KPchen, work together to bring KE7 to a new height, cheers, jiayou for the coming year

  6. March 21, 2009 at 12:14 AM

    good luck to them, good luck to KE

  7. 7 Eric
    March 21, 2009 at 2:43 AM

    As was mentioned in the debate… all 4 of u are serving hall… it doesnt matter who wins in the end… u will all choose to continue to serve the hall…

  8. 8 Gwen
    March 21, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    yep we will. =) The residents have spoken and we need to respect their choice. Now it’s time to put this election behind us and focus on the many things ahead that need to be done!

    Qing Song and Chun Keat, make KE proud =)

  9. 9 Buddhima
    March 22, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Congrats guys! :) Put up a solid JCRC, work hard and enjoy the experience!

    (And may you make KE brighter, as suggested in your posters hehe)

  10. 10 Wai Kit
    March 22, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    Interesting…… Looking forward to see how our new jcrc team would make KE a better hall next year if I do get to stay back in hall=] Congrats to them!

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