The Angle

The latest analysis of policy issues and political developments by IPS researchers.
  • [The Angle] GE2015: Why Release Sample Count Results?

    By: Gillian Koh | Sep 03, 2015 at 9:00 am

    On 2 September, the Elections Department of Singapore (ELD) announced that it would make public the results of the sample counts for all constituencies soon after the close of polling stations on Polling Day (8 pm on 11 September). As such, instead of having to wait past midnight for election results to be announced, Singaporeans will…..

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  • [The Angle] What is the WP’s Election Strategy for GE2015?

    By: Gillian Koh | Sep 02, 2015 at 9:00 am

    The Workers’ Party (WP) had previously maintained that it was not looking to form the next government, but the tune may now have changed. Its candidate in East Coast Group Representation Constituency, former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Gerald Giam said the party has to plan for a time when they are ready to. Its candidate…..

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  • [The Angle] GE2015 hustings: Let’s focus on policy, not political grandstanding

    By: Gillian Koh | Aug 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Will GE2015 be a ‘watershed election’? The leading opposition party Workers’ Party (WP) is contesting 28 seats so it will not breach the one-third threshold of seats that allows it to block changes to the Constitution in Parliament. The People’s Action Party (PAP) probably seeks a higher mark than its 60.1% support from total votes in GE2011 for its shift to…..

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  • [The Angle] The road to GE2015: Weekly Round-Up (24 to 28 August 2015)

    By: IPS' Politics and Governance Cluster | Aug 28, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    With three weeks more to the 2015 General Elections, the political parties are setting the stage and introducing candidates, with some opposition party members slated for the running pulling out suddenly.

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  • [The Angle] GE2015: Fielding a Fresh Face in a Hot Seat

    By: Gillian Koh | Aug 28, 2015 at 9:00 am

    The People’s Action Party (PAP) finally unveiled its candidate for Fengshan single-member constituency (SMC), one of the possible “hot seats” of GE2015. She is Ms Cheryl Chan, a long-time party grassroots worker based on accounts given. It is quite unprecedented for the PAP to field a new candidate in a new constituency, rather than an MP who…..

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  • [The Angle] Tough for Independent candidates to make headway in the GE

    By: Gillian Koh | Aug 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    It isn’t a very happy record for independent candidates. One of the more successful independent candidates in the past was Mr Chia Shi Teck who stood in the Chua Chu Kang single member constituency in 1997.  He garnered 14% of the vote, better than the Democratic Progressive Party’s Mr Tan Soo Phuan with only 1.95%. …..

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  • [The Angle] GE2015 – a measure of what’s been said, and done

    By: Gillian Koh | Aug 26, 2015 at 9:06 am

    There may be global economic and geopolitical uncertainties to take into account this coming GE but many will argue that it is the local that really shapes the vote. What might the local and national considerations be? From our IPS Survey of GE2011, the top national issues our respondents said shaped their votes then were “having…..

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  • [The Angle] Normalisation of New Media since the 2011 election

    By: Tan Tarn How | Aug 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    One key question concerning the upcoming election is how the political Internet in Singapore has evolved since the last election in 2011. The answer: In the last four years, the biggest change is the “normalisation” of political cyberspace. By that, I mean that the online world has become more like the “normal” offline world, where…..

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  • [The Angle] The Politics of the NDR 2015 Speech

    By: Gillian Koh | Aug 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    The Prime Minister (PM) has delivered his National Day Rally speech.  Set within the context of SG50 and an impending general election, the speech focused on what were the key governing principles that have helped Singapore beat the odds and become as successful as it has. The new initiatives that are targeted at improving the…..

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  • [The Angle] Boosting birth rates – how effective will new measures be?

    By: Yap Mui Teng | Aug 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    The PM announced last night measures to foster closer family ties and to raise our Total Fertility Rate (TFR). These measures show that the government is earnest in trying to help couples overcome barriers to having children.  But the government does not act alone and it cannot act alone – it has to get employers on-board, get…..

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