Parliament is dissolved and we’re heading into the election period proper. This year’s election is going to look really different from previous ones; in this special issue, I’d like to look at what this might mean. As elections go, GE2011 was a great time to be a first-time voter. More seats were contested in 2011 than in previous elections, which meant that my family’s constituency actually got to vote. It was also the first election since social media really took off, giving Singaporeans a relatively new and free space to talk politics. I remember the hopeful, perhaps naive, speculation that perhaps the “climate of fear” was finally,
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