How Singapore’s press titles covered news of election date

You may have noticed. The general election has been called.


Today’s newspaper, needless to say, had fairly extensive coverage of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s decision to call the election early, as he looks to ride on the national pride following the 50th anniversary celebrations.

The coverage was led by The Straits Times which dedicated nine inside pages to the election, along with the straightforward page one headline “S’pore goes to the polls on Sept 11”.

The Business Times took a similarly factual approach on its front cover, choosing “Polling Day on Sept 11” as its headline along with a “GE2015 Battleground map”.

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It dedicated pages 2 and 3 to the election, one of which (immediately above) was a handy guide to Singapore’s election system along with a list of “parties to the fray”.

The list included some fascinating facts on each party. For instance, Tan Jee Say, secretary general of the Singapore First party, contested the 2011 Presidential election when, would you believe, all four candidates had the same surname.

Mediacorp’s Today went for the tried and tested “Singapore goes to the polls on Sept 11”.


Finally, The New Paper waited until pages 6 and 7 before starting its not-quite-so-in-depth coverage. It too went for the straigthtforward: “Get set to vote on Sept 11” along with the helpful strap that “Polling day will take place on a Friday”.



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