On 7th May 2011, Singapore’s General Elections (GE) 2011 will take place, where some 2,350,257 citizens are eligible to vote (Source: extracted from online database Factiva “GE 2011; 60,000 names restored to electoral rolls”. 2 April 2011, Straits Times).
With the Nomination Day’s results confirmed, 82 out of 87 seats will be contested. For the latest updates on contested wards and parties, please visit Channelnewsasia.com (Last accessed on 27 April 2011).
THE HUSTINGS HAVE BEGUN!
At coffeeshop corners, cyberspace or just about anywhere, one cannot miss the chatter of GE.
Political parties gave their first rallies on the evening of 28 April, kicking off nine days of campaigns to win the hearts and minds of the people before Polling Day. With ubiquitous banners, flags, loud hailers from campaigning vehicles, walkabouts and excitement of live rallies, they lend an air of festivities and anticipation to the future of Singaporeans and Singapore.
Hot issues such as public housing costs, immigration, minimum wage and health care will dominate this GE. This is the most widely contested election since 1972.
In cyberspace, online chatters are not to be left behind either. For example, The OnLine Citizen, a political blog, uploaded daily videos of rallies for those who wish to be at the rallies from the comfort of their own homes.
Is this a sign of political awareness among the populace? A veteran news editor coined the term “orchid evolution” to capture his observation that a perceivable sense of political awareness is sweeping Singapore.
With election fever gaining momentum, Singaporeans can look forward to it with lots to talk about. Or tweet about.
ELECTIONS INFORMATION RESOURCES
For the latest updates on the GE, please visit The Straits Times General Election 2011 website and Channel News Asia Election Singapore 2011 website.
Political parties and information can be found here.
Here is a comprehensive guide to resources on the General Elections available at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, Singapore.
Singapore-based social media research firm JamiQ has launched a Singapore General Elections 2011 Tracker, a site which represents in visual form the elections-related topics which are trending on cyberspace, as well as the sites most “shared” among social networks here, based on Google and Twitter analytics.
Posted by Kweh Soon Huat, Librarian, Adult and Young People’s Services.