Keyword : GE2015

  • Youths and Social Media — The Message Matters too

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 15, 2016 | Hits: 3321

    The youth vote can have a powerful impact, making or breaking a politician’s election campaign. United States President Barack Obama secured more than 60% of the youth vote when he first won the presidency in 2008. Tsai Ing-wen, who won the February 2016 Taiwanese presidential election, rode on youths’ political and economic frustrations. Young voters…..

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  • Slow Beginnings: WhatsApp as a Political Communication Tool

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 02, 2016 | Hits: 2949

    As the Bukit Batok by-election looms, one question that arises will be the impact of social media in the contest between the candidates – the People’s Action Party’s Murali Pillai and the Singapore Democratic Party’s chief Chee Soon Juan. In particular, will the role of WhatsApp be even greater than in the General Election (GE)…..

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  • Whispers, Not Shouts: A Re-reading of the Social Media Space

    By: admintest admintest | Dec 04, 2015 | Hits: 2131

    One of the puzzles of the recent general election in Singapore was why 10 per cent of voters swung back towards the People’s Action Party (PAP) when many predictions based on social media saw the ruling party doing worse or not much better than in 2011. Were social media interactions not reflective of electoral sentiments?…..

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  • The realities of social media’s impact on GE2015

    By: admintest admintest | Nov 19, 2015 | Hits: 2650

    Two hours after polling closed, as sample vote counts were released to the public, it became evident that the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) was the runaway winner in the 2015 General Election. While some wondered “what went wrong” and others “what went right”, for many, the reaction was “what happened to social media”? The…..

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  • The Paradox of Democracy and the Liberal Dilemma

    By: admintest admintest | Oct 05, 2015 | Hits: 7279

    On the 11 September, Singaporeans voted in a general election that saw the incumbent PAP government enjoy a 9.8% vote swing in its favour. Since then, many commentators and public intellectuals have tried to understand the swing and what it means for Singapore’s future. Of particular note, several liberal commentators, on both mainstream and social…..

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  • Spoilt votes in the GE — a view from the ground

    By: admintest admintest | Oct 02, 2015 | Hits: 4515

    Between January and September 2015, I interviewed 75 Singaporeans and did research on the issue of spoilt votes. Spoilt votes — or ballots that are deformed such that they cannot be counted as valid votes — accounted for an average of 2.3% of all votes over the course of Singapore’s general elections from 1972 to…..

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  • [The Angle] GE2015: What impact did new citizens have on the PAP’s vote share?

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 18, 2015 | Hits: 18316

    The 9.8% swing in favour of the People’s Action Party (PAP) in the 11 September 2015 General Election in Singapore (GE2015) caught many by surprise. Many online voices have suggested that new citizens – or those who became Singaporeans after GE2011 – played a large part in the percentage increase of votes for the PAP……

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  • [The Angle] The shaping up of the 4G leadership

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 18, 2015 | Hits: 4121

    At the Post-General Election Press Conference, Secretary General of the People’s Action Party and Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong has said that the issue of leadership renewal for Singapore is urgent and the pace of succession will be quickened. An interesting benchmark would be to see what happened post-GE2001. Then-PM Goh Chok Tong had said that…..

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  • Ten reflections on GE2015

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 17, 2015 | Hits: 9629

    On Cooling Off Day, a good friend invited me to lunch with a group of eminent Singaporeans. I decided to use them as a focus group. I asked them to predict whether the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) popular vote would go up or down. The majority said it would go down. I asked them whether…..

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  • What the GE2015 results mean

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 12, 2015 | Hits: 3685

    Like we did after GE2011, IPS will be conducting a survey starting today to understand the outcome of the Sept 11 election. Till the scientific work is done, we can only speculate on the factors behind the surprising 9.8% increase in the People’s Action Party’s share of the popular vote based on what the parties have said and…..

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