Michael Vaz, 59, elected as new president of the Singapore Shooting Association

The Singapore Shooting Association has a new chief - 59-year-old Michael Vaz, who was elected to the helm at an extraordinary general meeting held Saturday morning.

He said: "All we asked for was a fair vote, and we got one today."

Vaz, a former national shooter, replaces Laurence Wee, 56, who stepped down from the presidency following a leadership spat within the association.

Vaz and his backers were disqualified from voting and standing in last September's annual general meeting (AGM), because they did not submit complete forms containing both names and IC numbers of their representatives at least three days before.

The situation led to the SSA being reduced to having just two member clubs - the Singapore Rifle Association and the Dynamic Shooting Association Singapore Association - from its original five. Vaz and his backers came close to leaving the SSA to set up their own rival organisation.