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Despite 24-hour delays in voting in some precincts due to malfunctioning vote counting machines and numerous reports of election-related violence in some parts of Mindanao, most Filipinos believe that the results of the May 9 elections are accurate and trustworthy, according to a survey by Pulse Asia released on Monday (July 18).
The survey, conducted from June 24 to 27 and had 1,200 respondents, showed that 82% say they have “big trust” that the national and local election outcomes reflect the will of the majority.
According to the polling firm, trust is highest in Mindanao at 96%, while for the rest of Luzon, it was least manifest at 73%. Only four percent of the respondents believe that the election cannot be trusted, while the remaining 14% remained ambivalent.
Meanwhile, 89% of the respondents were satisfied with the automated voting system, with 53% in the Visayas and 64% in Mindanao very satisfied, while the rest of Luzon were only somewhat satisfied.
“Virtually the same percentages of those in Metro Manila and all socio-economic groups are either very satisfied (42% to 45%) or somewhat satisfied (42% to 48%),” the polling firm said.
On the other hand, 72% of the respondents say that the fast transmission of votes was the main benefit of having an automated voting system, with 15% believing that the convenience in voting is the key gain, while 11% said the automated system made the elections more credible.
The Pulse Asia survey had a ±2.8% margin of error.
The 2022 election, which was won by Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and running mate Sara Duterte, has recorded one of the widest margins between the winner and the second-placer in the history of the country.
While the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has repeatedly dispelled rumors of election fraud, several groups have expressed concerns over the conduct of the elections, following the fastest transmission of votes in recent election history of the country, vote buying, and other glitches.
Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.
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