Monday, May 19, 2008

NDP Tickets

It is the time of the year when Singaporeans send in applications for the highly coveted NDP tickets (preview and actual parade) via SMS, website and SAM services.

Application for the tickets which commenced on 16 May 08 would close on 25 May and ticket allocation would be via electronic balloting

Before this method of ticket allocation was implemented, the tickets were distributed on a ‘first come first served’ basis at specific sports stadiums on a particular day, manually. Back then, long queues formed days before the actual day of ticket distribution; camping by families at the entrance of the stadiums were a common sight and the scene was like a huge picnic cum family gathering which lasted for few nights and days.

The move to electronic application and balloting cuts down significant resources and cost of ticket allocation. It further obviates the inconvenience of many who endure the elements, hunger and lack of sleep just to obtain the coveted tickets via the traditional manner.

Electronic application for the tickets and balloting for the successful ticket recipients might have hence a number of advantages compared to the traditional and somehow archaic method of ticket distribution; however the successful recipients would need to depend on an element of luck rather than industry (queue earlier to get the tickets) to own the tickets.

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