Newcomer He Ting Ru triumphs opposition veterans Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan, Sylvia Lim on Twitter

Newcomer He Ting Ru triumphs opposition veterans Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan, Sylvia Lim on Twitter
The Workers' Party candidate He Ting Ru, 32, a corporate lawyer, garnered more mentions on Twitter than veterans Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan and Sylvia Lim.
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SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party (WP) has an edge over all other political parties on Twitter with the most mentions over the past week (Aug 24 - 31), while Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has bragging rights for being the most mentioned politician over the same period.

Social media platform Twitter revealed these findings today, noting that although WP is currently discussed 1.4 times more than the People's Action Party (PAP), the campaigning period has yet to start.

Notably, WP newcomer He Ting Ru, who came in fifth on the list, garnered more mentions than opposition veterans Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan and Sylvia Lim, reflecting her appeal to younger voters, Twitter said.

The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew was the second most-mentioned politicians on Twitter during the same period, while veteran politician Chiam See Tong from the Singapore People's Party and WP Chief Low Thia Khiang came in third and fourth respectively.

Election-related tweets have also increased by 300 per cent since the electoral boundaries review committee report was released on July 24, and up to Aug 31, Twitter added.

Another dramatic spike in tweets was observed on Aug 25 when parliament was dissolved and the writ of election was issued.

The most shared election-related tweet? PM Lee's announcement of polling day on Aug 25.

 

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