|Singapore 2005 - 117th IOC Session|
The opening ceremony of the 117th IOC Session was held at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay in Singapore on 5 July 2005. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the guest of honour and officially opened the session. Song, dance and martial arts exhibitions with the theme "One Voice, One Rhythm, One World" began the ceremony.
On 6 July 2005, the election day, the IOC Session was held at the Raffles City Convention Centre. It began at 1:00 UTC with the one-hour final presentations of the candidate cities, followed by a half-hour press briefing, in the following order: Paris, New York City, Moscow, London and Madrid. The bid presentations ended at 9:00 UTC and a presentation of the Evaluation Commission's final report preceded the election.Of the 116 active IOC members, 17 could not vote in the first round, leaving 99 members able to exert their voting rights.
IOC members unable to vote in the 2012 Host City Election (17)
Members from countries with candidate cities (13)
- Jean-Claude Killy
- Henri Serandour
- Anita L. Defrantz
- James L. Easton
- Robert Ctvrtlik
- Vitaly Smirnov
- Shamil Tarpischev
- Alexander Popov
- Anne, Princess Royal
- Craig Reedie
- Phil Craven
- Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón
- Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr.
Other members (4)
- Jacques Rogge (IOC president - allowed to vote, however elects not to vote)
- Ivan Slavkov (suspended)
- Nikos Filaretos (absent)
- Guy Drut (absent)
The electronic ballot began at 10:26 UTC, and the first three rounds eliminated Moscow, New York City and Madrid, respectively. After a city was eliminated, members from that city's country were allowed to vote in the following rounds. London and Paris made it to the fourth and final round of voting, which concluded at 10:45 UTC. An hour later, at 11:49 UTC, London was formally announced as the winner by Jacques Rogge. Approximately one billion viewers watched the announcement on live television.
After the announcement, the ballot results were published: London gathered more votes in the first, third and final rounds, while Madrid won the second round despite falling short on votes in the third round and being eliminated. The competitiveness of the bids from Paris and London was ultimately demonstrated by a four-vote difference in the final round.
Moscow was the first city to get eliminated in the electronic vote process. In the first round Russian bid was the lowest with 15 votes. New York City was the second city to get eliminated from the list with 16 votes while at this stage Madrid was leading with 32 Votes. However in the third round Madrid lost to Paris, France on a thin margin and was eliminated from the last round. In the last round London won the bid with 54 votes against 50 for Paris and was selected for the 2012 Summer Olympics.