GE2015: Who's the most discussed politician or party on Twitter at half-time?

The crowd at a Workers' Party rally in Punggol East SMC on Sept 5. The party has been mentioned the most on Twitter.
The crowd at a Workers' Party rally in Punggol East SMC on Sept 5. The party has been mentioned the most on Twitter. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - One week into the 2015 General Election, what are the trending parties, politicians, issues and political gaffes that have got Singapore voters atwitter?

Top 5 most discussed rallies on Twitter during the 1st week of #GE2015

Reflecting the physical turnouts at the rallies, Workers' Party (WP) rallies are the most discussed on Twitter, according to numbers from Twitter.com.

The rallies of the People's Action Party (PAP) come in second, and those of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) third.

"Conversations on Twitter showed that the WP rallies were 2.3 times more discussed than the PAP rallies," said a report from the social media service.

In fourth place is the Reform Party (RP), and in fifth place, the Singapore People's Party (SPP).

1. #WPrally

2. #PAPrally

3. #SDPrally

4. #RPrally

5. #SPPrally

Top 5 most mentioned parties on Twitter during the 1st week of #GE2015

A similar trend could be seen in the parties with the most mentions on Twitter. This time, the Singaporeans First (SingFirst) party took fourth spot, and RP was knocked down by one place.

1. Workers' Party (@wpsg)

2. People's Action Party (@PAPSingapore)

3. Singapore Democratic Party (@yourSDP)

4. Singaporeans First Party (@SFPSingapore)

5. The Reform Party (@thereformparty)

Top 10 most mentioned politicians during the 1st week of #GE2015

Among politicians, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong continues to lead the number of mentions on Twitter.

The second most tweeted about politician is Dr Chee Soon Juan of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP). After a hiatus of 15 years, Dr Chee's return to contesting a general election has sparked much interest both online and offline.

Independent candidate and activist Han Hui Hui, known for her controversial views, is third, beating all the other opposition party candidates, at least in the Twitterverse.

The secretary-generals of three opposition parties make the top 10 list - WP's Low Thia Khiang, SPP's Chiam See Tong and SingFirst's Tan Jee Say.

WP has four other candidates in the list: chairman Sylvia Lim, Aljunied GRC MP Pritam Singh, Nee Soon GRC candidate Ron Tan and MacPherson SMC candidate Bernard Chen.

1. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (@leehsienloong)

2. Dr. Chee Soon Juan (@cheesoonjuan)

3. Han Hui Hui (@huihui247)

4. Low Thia Khiang

5. Chiam See Tong

6. Ron Tan

7. Pritam Singh

8. Sylvia Lim (@sylvialimWP)

9. Tan Jee Say (@jeesaytan)

10. Bernard Chen

Top 10 most mentioned constituencies on Twitter during the 1st week of #GE2015

The top three most talked-about constituencies on Twitter are all in the east - Aljunied, East Coast and Pasir-Ris Punggol.

Ang Mo Kio GRC, where PM Lee leads a six-member team of candidates, comes fourth.

The rise in Twitter mentions for East Coast GRC shot up when "Twitter users reacted to speeches by the WP team, especially East Coast candidate Leon Perera", Twitter said.

WP held a well-attended rally at Simei Road, in East Coast GRC, on Sunday (Sept 6).

1. Aljunied GRC

2. East Coast GRC

3. Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

4. Ang Mo Kio GRC

5. Radin Mas SMC

6. West Coast GRC

7. Nee Soon GRC

8. Tanjong Pagar GRC

9. Hougang SMC

10. Tampines GRC

Top 10 most shared tweets during the 1st week of #GE2015

Meanwhile the most shared tweets tended towards the humorous, with most of them being politicians' gaffes.

Here are some of them.

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