Get up to speed on key election issues and topics on Twitter

Following the announcement of the election date, Singaporeans have come to Twitter to discuss political issues, as well as 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 and also the candidates who will be running in the upcoming General Election this Friday (10 July).

Fostering civic participation with the Singapore election emoji

Twitter recently launched a customised emoji to amplify and empower ongoing General Election conversations on its platform.

Reflecting Singapore’s national colours of red and white, the emoji features the national flag and the ballot box.

Users can tweet with these hashtags to activate the special edition emoji: #SingaporeElection #SGElection #SingaporeVotes #SGvotes #GE2020.

Get up to speed on key election issues and topics

More and more Singaporeans are coming to Twitter and tweeting more about #politics.

Many Singaporeans are following political parties, candidates, and experts. They are also joining the election conversations to share their perspectives on the platform.

Here’s a list of the most tweeted about political parties between 23 June to 3 July:

Source: Twitter

Here’s a list of the most tweeted about politicians between 23 June to 3 July:

Source: Twitter

There are also 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.

On Twitter, everything from news of political party mainstays passing the reins, to exciting new updates from the election’s fresh and young faces, has broken here first.

Civic and civil society is also coming to life with unique conversations during the election. Non-profit 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 (AWARE), 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 (SGCR) has also called for people on Twitter to take a closer look at political parties’ individual approaches to combating environmental issues.

The Singapore Climate Rally, a 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.

If you’re an active Twitter user, do check out this special list curated by @TwitterSG featuring political parties, candidates, commentators, researchers, NGO partners, and media observing the upcoming Genera Election.

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