Candidates developed their electoral campaign activities using face masks and without major public events, however, in the digital realm, the use of social networks and television were key to present their projects and ideas.
Singapore’s electoral campaign for the general elections to be held this Friday, July 10, was marked by the use of face masks and the lack of large public events.
Candidates were able to hold small meetings as part of the electoral campaign activities, highlighting in this ones the use of face masks that was a required measure in these meetings.
Also, they were able to make door-to-door visits without having physical contact with citizens, keeping the proper social distance of one meter and with a maximum of 5 people in the same space.
Digital electoral campaign in times of Covid-19
Social networks were the main characters of this electoral campaign that began on June 30 and concluded yesterday.
Due to Covid-19, the government banned rallies and present a series of security measures to prevent further outbreaks of the virus’s spread.
Instead, the candidates moved their spaces to television and digital platforms like Zoom and Facebook.
Singapore General Elections 2020
Singapore has about 5.6 million citizens and about 30 political parties, but only a dozen will participate in the elections, in which are also 93 parliamentary seats at stake.
After the electoral campaign, this Thursday the electoral silence takes place so that the 2.650.000 voters can meditate on their participation in this July 10.
Elections were scheduled for the first quarter of 2021, the head of government decided to bring forward, alleging the need for a solid party to deal with the crisis caused by the pandemic.
Due to Covid-19, Singapore’s Gross Domestic Product is forecast to drop between 4-7%, the first recession since the 1998 financial crisis.