An affirmation by the Prime Minister's official declared that Halimah Yacob will be proclaimed as Singapore's 8 President, on Thursday at 6pm, at the Istana, after she takes her vows as the next head of the state. Most of the attendees were from labour unions, wearing their union t-shirts.
Yacob steps into a presidential role that is largely ceremonial, but as CNN points out, does grant her the power of veto over decisions by government, including public sector appointments.
But the 63-year-old will avoid an election originally slated for September 23, as others hoping to run against her were judged by authorities not to have met strict eligibility criteria.
Two were disqualified as they were not Malay - the presidency was on this occasion reserved for members of the ethnic minority - while two Malay businessmen were disqualified as their companies were too small. "I'm a president for everyone".
"Even though this is a reserved election, I am not a reserved president", she addressed to the cheering supporters that gathered.
"From the age of 10, my hours outside of school were spent being my mother's assistant: cleaning, washing, clearing tables and serving customers, and I am a better person for it", Halimah wrote about her hard childhood in a self-penned biography on her website.
Yacob automatically qualified on account of having held a key public position as speaker of parliament for three years. However, the candidates needed to comply with new rules about providing minorities with representation in the Chinese-majority Singapore. "Although there's no election, my commitment to serve you remains the same", she said, adding that she would "start working immediately" to bring the country together.
Of the four other applicants, two were not Malays and two were not given certificates of eligibility, the elections department said.
Farid Khan, one of the unsuccessful candidates and the chairman of marine services firm Bourbon Offshore Asia, told Reuters more Malays now hold political office, and some are making their way in the corporate world, but "there is still room for improvement".
Yacob is the first Malay president of Singapore in five decades.
"Every citizen, Chinese, Malay, Indian or some other race, should know that someone of his community can become President, and in fact from time to time, does become President", said Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore's prime minister, last November before the new rule was introduced.
Yet the reserved election has also injured some pride.