MUNICIPAL COMMISSION ELECTIONS 1889 - 1911

The first semblance of elections in Singapore began with the passing of the Municipal Bill in 1887 to replace the Municipal Committee with a partly-elected Municipal Commission. A candidate required a proposer and seconder from among registered voters in one of the five wards he intended to contest to secure a nomination. Even if there is only one candidate nominated, a day will be set where he would need to garner at least 20 registered voters to become a Municipal Commissioner. However, there were cases where the Singapore Governor proceeded to invite the sole candidate who did not obtain the necessary number of votes to take up the seat (as shown in pale green). There were also times where no nomination was received and no election was held, which the Governor would appoint someone to represent the ward. In the few occurrences where there was a contest between two or more candidates (bright green), registered voters of the ward would take part to elect one of their choices. All candidates were non-partisan as the election system did not provide for political party affiliations. However, the municipality was generally divided into cliques and lobby groups along the lines of ethnic or trade associations Commissioners belonged to. Due to this factionalism, the Municipal Ordinance was amended by British colonial government again in 1913 to scrap elections, despite the protests of most Commissioners, and this remained so until 1949. The last vacated seat in 1912, before the abolishment, was in Rochore and had no takers. During this period, there were no women candidates emerging. Those who had held office were mainly European and several Chinese businessmen who pioneered some of today's household names, examples being F & N (John Fraser), Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (Dr Lim Boon Keng and Lee Choon Guan), Robinsons (A. W. Bean) and Straits Steamship companies (Tan Jiak Kim). Many also had roads or places named after them (Barker Road, Boon Keng MRT Station, Buckley Road, Fowlie Road, Hooper Road, Jago Close, Keng Lee Road, Choon Guan Street, Manasseh Lane, Nanson Road, Shelford Road, Robertson Quay and others).

RESULTS
1889
|
1899
Tanjong Pagar
[No. I]
Central
[No. II]
Tanglin
[No. III]
Rochore
[No. IV]
Kallang
[No. V]
Name Votes Name Votes Name Votes Name Votes Name Votes
29 Jun
1889
        Frederick Gerald
DAVIDSON
N.A.        
6 Dec
1889
    TAN Beng Wan 59     LIM Eng Keng 43    
18 Jul
1890
        Thomas
SHELFORD
20        
13 Dec
1890
James MILLER 25     Thomas
SHELFORD
18     TAN Jiak Kim 20
8 May
1891
        William Edward
HOOPER
29        
10 Dec
1891
    Alexander
Leathes
DONALDSON
43            
25 Feb
1892
            Cosmo Gordon
PATERSON
23    
4 Mar
1892
TAY Geok Teat 47                
Joaquim Parsick
JOAQUIM
N.A.
Cosmo Gordon
PATERSON
N.A.
21 Mar
1892
        Joaquim Parsick
JOAQUIM
45        
12 Dec
1892
            John FRASER 24    
19 Dec
1892
Thomas
SHELFORD
24                
7 Dec
1893
Thomas
SHELFORD
47     Reuben
Manasseh
MEYER
33     Aristarchus
Catchick MOSES
27
27 Apr
1894
    TAN Jiak Kim 40            
13 Dec
1894
    TAN Jiak Kim 25            
26 Apr
1895
Joaquim Parsick
JOAQUIM
24                
10 May
1895
            Cosmo Gordon
PATERSON
26    
6 Dec
1895
            Thomas
SHELFORD
N.A.    
4 Dec
1896
Joaquim Parsick
JOAQUIM
20     Reuben
Manasseh
MEYER
20     Aristarchus
Catchick MOSES
19
3 Aug
1897
    TAN Cheng Tuan 23            
9 Dec
1897
    TAN Cheng Tuan 31            
7 Mar
1898
Hugh FORT 41                
6 Dec
1898
            William NANSON 39    
5 Dec
1899
Frederick
Ernest JAGO
55     Arthur BARKER 21     Aristarchus
Catchick MOSES
22
1900
|
1911
Tanjong Pagar
[No. I]
Central
[No. II]
Tanglin
[No. III]
Rochore
[No. IV]
Kallang
[No. V]
Name Votes Name Votes Name Votes Name Votes Name Votes
27 Feb
1900
            James
Waddell Boyd
MACLAREN
113    
William Charles
NIBLETT
34
15 May
1900
    LEE Choon Guan 63            
4 Dec
1900
    LEE Choon Guan 29            
5 Feb
1901
            WEE Theam Tew 26    
3 Dec
1901
            WEE Theam Tew N.A.    
2 Dec
1902
Frederick
Ernest JAGO
52     Arthur BARKER 29     Frederick
Samuel POOLES
43
Frederick
Kersey
JENNINGS
7
3 Feb
1903
                Frederick
Samuel POOLES
21
8 Dec
1903
    LEE Choon Guan N.A.            
8 Mar
1904
                Charles Burton
BUCKLEY
7
26 Apr
1905
        Herbert Irons
CHOPE
N.A.        
16 May
1905
    LIM Boon Keng N.A.            
27 Jun
1905
                Henry Lake
COGHLAN
25
26 Sep
1905
            CHING Keng Lee 22    
5 Dec
1905
Thomas Murray
ROBERTSON
67             Henry Lake
COGHLAN
30
4 Dec
1906
    ONG Teck Lim 44            
3 Dec
1907
            CHING Keng Lee 23    
28 Jan
1908
Peter FOWLIE 13                
3 Mar
1908
        Cecil Ingram
CARVER
35        
3 Dec
1908
Peter FOWLIE 39     Cecil Ingram
CARVER
38     Frederick
Ernest JAGO
67
Jacob CARAPIET 22
15 Jun
1909
                Jacob CARAPIET 42
7 Dec
1909
    WEE Theam Tew 27            
3 May
1910
    TAN Khiam Hock 27 Frederick
Ernest JAGO
27        
14 Dec
1910
Thomas Murray ROBERTSON 45         CHIA Keng Chin 39    
5 Dec
1911
YIN Suat Chwan 61     Alfred William
BEAN
52     Issac MOSS 42
Jacob CARAPIET 41

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