Singapore Elections are on May 7th!

I’m kind of disappointed to be out of the country for the national election.  It only happens once every five years and I don’t know that we’ll live here the next time around.  Obviously we don’t vote, but it’s hard not to get caught up in election fever.

To learn more about the Singaporean electoral process, read

What I find interesting is that we’ve only been learning WHO the candidates are for a short time, and the election is weeks away.  This is very different from the US where Obama has already declared for 2012 and there are at least 4 Republicans in the exploratory committee phase, with expected announcements in the next few months.  Campaigning will be a year plus of exhaustive media blitzing, grassroots campaigning, phone banking  and social media.  It’s hard for me to imagine not being barraged with political ads for ages on end.  Which often has the opposite of the intended effect–it just makes viewers feel tired and jaded about the whole electoral process.

The other thing I find fascinating about local politics is that the day before the election is a cooling off day.  No political campaigning, no ads, nothing.  It’s supposed to be a day of reflection.  By comparison, in the US, the 24 hours before the election is almost mass hysteria on the part of the candidates.

I’ll be interested to see if the PAP stays in power (which it has since Singapore formed 45 years ago) or if any of the opposition manage will come to power, and how that would change the face of Singapore (or not).

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4 Responses to Singapore Elections are on May 7th!

  1. kirsten says:

    At the moment I am feeling a little bit disappointed in the candidates I get to vote for on both sides. 😦 The problem with the GRC system too is that even though I might like a couple from the team, I have to consider everyone ‘cos it’s all-or-nothing. BAH.

    Things are going to get crazy. Press conferences are being called left right and center and I think next week I shall have to go back to reporting lots for TOC again. Bye bye leisure time (not that I’ve ever had that much). 😛

    • Crystal says:

      I have had elections where I was stuck choosing between the guy I’m lukewarm about and the guy I can’t stand (cough*2000*cough*2004*cough).

  2. bookjunkie says:

    I can’t wait to vote…hungry for a change.

    Didn’t want to talk about politics on my blog but it just happened organically……I needed an outlet because some of the arrogance displayed by Ministers was making me almost explode. In SInglish we would say “cannot tahan”

    • Crystal says:

      I’m glad you did. It’s hard for an outsider to understand the political climate of another’s country truly well without learning the real opinions of people rather than the media’s take.

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