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
- This general information piece by Kirsten about Singaporean elections
- Kirsten talks about her choices for her GRC here.
- Most of the recent posts at Singapore Actually are discussing candidates and the election.
- The New York Times is talking about the Singaporean Elections
- Mr Brown also has a lot to say about the elections (scroll through recent entries)
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).