Singapore went to the polls last week amid questions about how big a showing the opposition parties would make as they fielded candidates in more districts than many years prior. While the ultimate showing (82 of 84 seats returned to the party in power) was on par with the previous election, excitement did seem to be increasing for a change in government, especially among the younger generations.
Tym, a 32 year old Singaporean, spent the past week attending some political rallys and commenting in general on her experiences as the electioneering process continued.
- My Very First Political Rally
- Another Night, Another Rally
- Election Rally Survival Tip #3212
- On the ground
- It’ll do
While our own elections here are often on the dry side, with gerrymandering, entrenched incumbents, and political parties that seem out of touch, it’s so easy to forget that in some places with elections you don’t really have a choice. Add to that the sense of being watched and recorded when attempting to assemble to hear divergent views, and it’s a strong reminder that we really do have certain freedoms here we so easily and often take for granted (and don’t take advantage of!).