Candidates take to social media on the double

THE social media sphere lit up with election posts once the Writ of Election was issued yesterday afternoon.

Minutes after, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong posted the Writ on his Facebook page.

MacPherson incumbent Tin Pei Ling, who gave birth barely a month ago, promptly put up a post about the issues she has championed in Parliament during her first term as a Member of Parliament.

The People's Action Party (PAP) MP is running as a solo candidate this coming election in MacPherson ward. The ward, which was part of Marine Parade GRC in the 2011 election, has been carved out as a single-member constituency.

Both the Workers' Party (WP) and National Solidarity Party have expressed interest to contest there.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, who is leading a team in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, had changed his profile photo a few hours earlier to one of him wearing a white shirt with a PAP logo. The caption: "Changing my profile pic to match the season."

He followed up with another post right after the election was called, noting that Sept 11 would decide the "direction the country will take for the next 50 years".

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, who has been known for being active on social media since he entered politics, took a nostalgic look back at the start of his political journey. He is likely to contest in Marine Parade GRC, but PAP has yet to formally announce its candidates in the ward.

Singapore People's Party (SPP) candidate Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss, who is running in Mountbatten against PAP's Lim Biow Chuan, declared that she has been preparing for the General Election since 2011.

Another SPP candidate, Ravi Philemon, gave a shout-out to volunteers for his campaign in Hong Koh North SMC. He will be facing Senior Minister of State Amy Khor of the PAP.

WP's Yee Jenn Jong took a more relaxed approach, with a post about him preparing for a barbecue with Mrs Chong-Aruldoss.

The Non-Constituency MP wrote in his post with a photo of himself in blue: "Just as well that we are doing a BBQ as house visits will be stopped from Writ of Election till Nomination Day."

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