COVID19 Community Chronicles is a socialservice.sg podcast which documents community initiatives and discusses related structural or systemic challenges or issues.
With the general elections on the horizon, this is set to be Singapore’s first pandemic election, or the country’s first true “Internet election”. In the next few weeks leading up to Polling Day, we speak to voters, observers, and researchers, with the hope of better understanding what is at stake and making an informed decision.
Today, we focus on the historical roots of electioneering and campaigning in Singapore. Why is the election campaign period just nine days? What is the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee and how did it come about? And what is the role of the People’s Association in grassroots and political work? We speak to Dhevarajan Devadas, a public policy researcher and historian, to learn more.