29 Aug '11, 3am

It is disturbing that an elected #SGpresident did not receive more than a 50% of votes, says our reader. Do you agree?

I CONGRATULATE Dr Tony Tan on winning the second contested presidential election, and being the nation's seventh president ('Tony Tan is president'; yesterday). However, it is disturbing that an elected president did not receive more than a 50 per cent majority of votes. One could even argue that 65 per cent of the electorate voted against the president-elect with Dr Tony Tan squeezing by with a razor-thin 0.34 per cent margin ahead of Dr Tan Cheng Bock. Perhaps the first-past-the-post voting format should not be used in a multi-contested presidential election. A fairer option is to give each voter two votes so he can either vote for two candidates, or just one. I am certain the results will be different if such a voting system is used. A run-off by the top two candidates after the first round of voting is another option, but it is time-consuming and disruptive. In any cas...

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