The 2020 Singaporean General Election (#GE2020) happens in a week’s time.
Following the announcement of the election date, Singaporeans have come to Twitter to discuss political issues, the topics and the candidates that matter to them. Many are using hashtags such as #GE2020 and #SingaporeVotes to share their perspectives on political parties’ manifestos as well as the candidates who will be running in the #GE2020.
Fostering civic participation with the Singapore Election Emoji
Twitter launched a customised emoji to support awareness and conversations happening around the Singapore election on Friday July 10th 2020. The election emoji depicts a voting box with a ballot slip, and incorporates Singapore’s national flag and colours. You can Tweet with these hashtags to activate this special edition emoji:
Getting up to speed on key election issues and topics
An increasing number of Singaporeans are coming to Twitter and Tweeting more about politics. Many Singaporeans are following political parties, candidates and experts, and joining the election conversations to share their perspectives.
We’ve also seen conversations around the unique political histories of the Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) and threads with must-know facts about the Singapore Parliament and election processes.
Civic and civil society is also coming to life with unique conversations during the election. Nonprofit organisations in Singapore have come to Twitter to raise awareness about some of the social issues within the community. Gender-equality advocacy group, the Association of Women for Action and Research (@awarenews), put out a series of 6 polls to test people’s knowledge of, and share information about, gender equality issues in Singapore. AWARE is also asking people to pledge to urge Singaporean politicians and policy makers to look into these issues, including closing the gender wage gap and increasing attention and redress to reduce violence against women in Singapore.
The Singapore Climate Rally (@sgclimaterally) has also called for people on Twitter to take a closer look at political parties’ individual approaches to combating environmental issues. The youth-led movement pushing for climate justice released a climate scorecard ranking parties’ manifestos to see how they are tackling the climate crisis. SGCR has also used Twitter to call on people to join the Neighbourhood Greenwatch, which allows voters of the same constituency to push their political candidates to take on climate commitments.
Everyone loves a #BlastfromthePast with some fun
Every election cycle needs moments of levity, too. Whether it’s enjoying highlights from elections past, or creating fun new games for everyone following #GE2020 to play, people are sharing it all on Twitter.
#GE2020 and the list you can’t miss
Last but not the least, check out a special list curated by @TwitterSG featuring political parties, candidates, commentators, researchers, NGO partners and media observing the Singapore General Election: