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Pulse: 7 out of 10 Filipinos believe no cheating happened in May polls

/ 01:04 PM August 07, 2019

MANILA, Philippines—Majority of Filipinos believe that no cheating happened in the recently-held May 2019 midterm elections, a Pulse Asia survey showed Wednesday.

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The survey, conducted from June 24 to 30, revealed that 74 percent of the respondents nationwide said no cheating occurred in the midterm polls, while only 7 percent affirmed the presence of electoral fraud. Meanwhile, 19 percent cannot confirm the presence or absence of cheating in the May elections.

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In the same survey, 64 percent said there was no vote-buying in their area, 16 percent said there was and 20 percent are unsure.

Moreover, a resounding 93 percent of the respondents claimed that no violence took place in their place while only 4 percent said there was with 3 percent saying they were unsure.

The May 13, 2019 polls have been marred with technical glitches involving the malfunctions of vote-counting machines and SD cards. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) transparency server also suffered a seven-hour glitch after the elections, delaying the release of partial election results and posing questions to the integrity of the polls.

READ: Comelec transparency server glitch delays release of partial poll results

READ: 961 VCMs, 1,665 SD cards suffer glitches in 2019 polls — Comelec

However, the Pulse Asia survey also showed that 82 percent of the 1,200 respondents nationwide said the poll results were believable, 8 percent said they are not believable and 10 percent answered they were unsure.

The survey had sampling error margins of ±3 for national percentages, and ±6 each for Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The Pulse Asia survey was first presented in a post-election forum with the Comelec, Democracy Watch, Legal Network for Truthful Elections, and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.  /muf

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