GE2015: PM Lee most 'mentioned' politician on Twitter over past week, WP tops list for parties

PM Lee was eight times more widely discussed on Twitter than Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang.
PM Lee was eight times more widely discussed on Twitter than Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang.PHOTO: TWITTER

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong came up tops among local politicians in the Twittersphere, with his name the most mentioned among local politicians over the past week.

According to data provided by the social networking platform, PM Lee was eight times more widely discussed on Twitter than Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang.

Mr Low was ranked fourth in terms of most mentioned politicians by conversation volume on Twitter, behind PM Lee, Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and retired opposition politician Chiam See Tong.

WP new face He Ting Ru came in fifth, ahead of Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam from the Reform Party, Dr Chee Soon Juan from the Singapore Democratic Party and WP chairman Sylvia Lim.

In terms of political parties, the WP topped the list - it was 1.4 times more widely mentioned than the People's Action Party, which came in second.

The Reform Party came in third, followed by the Singapore Democratic Party which came in fourth.

Twitter also said election-related conversations spiked three-fold from July 24 - when the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee report was released - till Aug 31. This is compared to the previous 39-day period.

There were also more than 52,000 election-related conversations from Aug 24 till Aug 31.