Some senatorial aspirants to petition against election surveys
Marje Pelayo • January 18, 2019 • 3568
MANILA, Philippines – Senatorial hopefuls Atty. Larry Gadon and Antonio ‘Butch’ Valdez on Monday (January 21) will file a petition at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against election surveys being conducted by Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS).
Gadon argued that surveys prevent voters from choosing wisely as some are swayed to favor candidates based on survey ranking than on track record and qualifications.
“Ang sinasabi ko dito sa petition, huwag na nilang i-publish dahil ang nangyayari nagiging instrument ito ng mind conditioning, na instead na makapagbigay ng tamang impormasyon sa botante ay parang ginagamit ito para ikondisyon ang isip nila na ito ang iboto niyo,” Gadon said.
The two also questioned the process of the surveys as they are tapping only a small percentage of the entire Philippine population.
They claim that surveys are not valid information but mere propaganda.
However, Jose Ramon Albert, a senior research fellow in the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) belied such claim saying surveys actually reflect the preference of the public.
Albert added that there are many factors that may influence a person’s preference such as the social media.
“The Supreme Court already had a view about this a long time ago about this being a right to information. Surveys are largely a snapshot of what people think. Whether others get influenced by a bandwagon is ultimately an issue of choices of people given information. Even traditional and social media are carriers of information and can influence people, should that mean media should be banned as well?” Albert said.
Valdez, for his part, urges the public to be wise in choosing a candidate and not to depend on surveys.
“We should get out people involved. Lahat po ng mga mamamayan, whatever your party affiliations are, you must get involved to get back the country into the hands of Filipinos,” he said.
The UNTV News and Rescue team sought the Comelec for comments but to no avail.
The poll body previously noted, however, that the public should not depend on surveys when it comes to voting or electing a public official.
“Halimbawa, kung ikaw naniniwala ka sa karapatan ng mga kababaihan, bakit ka pipili ng kandidato na ang mga kilos at mga gawa ay hindi nakatuon sa kababaihan o hindi pumo-protekta sa kababaihan?” said Comelec spokesperson, James Jimenez .
“Pipili ka ng sumasang- ayon sa iyong paniniwala and I think iyon ang pinakamahalagang standard na ginagamit natin,” he added. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aileen Cerrudo)
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has suspended the voter registration until March 31 amid the rising number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the country.
In a statement, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez announced that the suspension will begin on Tuesday, March 10.
“As a response to the growing threat to public health posed by COVID-19, voter registration has been suspended by the Comelec until the 31st of March 2020,” he said.
Jimenez said the suspension takes effect nationwide, encompassing voter registration conducted in all Comelec offices in districts, cities, and municipalities, as well as all satellite registration activities.
“The public is advised to take all necessary precautionary measures to limit their exposure to the possibility of COVID-19 infection,” he added.
The poll body opened the voter registration for the 2022 national elections last January. It was initially set to run until September 30, 2021.
As of posting time, the Philippines has 33 confirmed coronavirus cases.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier declared a public health emergency amid the rising cases of COVID-19 infections in the country.
The DOH also raised Code Red Sublevel 1 after confirming the country’s first case of coronavirus local transmission.
MANILA, Philippines – The voter registration in Batangas and Cavite areas affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano will resume on Monday, February 3, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Thursday.
In a statement, Comelec said the voter registration for the 2022 elections will resume in the following places in Batangas province due to a return to normal working conditions:
In Cavite, the poll body said that registration of voters will also resume in Alfonso, Indang, Silang, Tagaytay City, and Amadeo.
Meanwhile, the voter registration in the municipality of Mataas na Kahoy in Batangas will resume on February 10, according to Comelec.
The poll body earlier announced the suspension of the registration in areas within and beyond the 14-kilometer danger zone of Taal Volcano during its eruption.
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday announced that the voter registration for the 2022 presidential elections will resume nationwide on Monday, January 20, except in some areas in Batangas and Cavite that were affected by the ongoing eruption of Taal Volcano.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said voter registration in municipalities and towns of Batangas located within the immediate danger zone and other areas surrounding the Taal Volcano will be suspended.
These places include:
Mataas na Kahoy
Voter registration will also be suspended in the following localities outside Taal zone but still affected by ashfall, earthquakes, impassable roads and power interruptions:
San Luis, Batangas
Jimenez said the resumption of the voter registration in areas affected by Taal Volcano unrest will be “contingent on the ability of those places to recover and return to normalcy.”
Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4, which signifies an imminent hazardous explosion, despite decreasing emissions. The volcano belched ash and smoke last Sunday, January 12, which sent thousands of residents scrambling to safety.
Aside from these areas, Comelec said the resumption of voter registration will also be deferred in Makilala, North Cotabato which was hit by a strong earthquake last December 2019.
Registration is also postponed in 24 municipalities in Palawan province to give way to the May 11, 2020 plebiscite on the proposal to split the province into three areas.
As for the rest of the country, the poll body said the application and updating of records will be done at the Office of the Election Officer from Mondays to Saturdays including holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before election day or on May 9, 2022; a resident of the Philippines for at least one year; and must have lived in the place where he or she intends to vote for at least six months on or before election day.
The registration period will run until September 30, 2021, except on the following dates:
April 9, 2020 (Maundy Thursday)
April 10, 2020 (Good Friday)
December 25, 2020 (Christmas Day)
April 1, 2021 (Maundy Thursday)
April 2, 2021 (Good Friday)
Comelec also said that registered voters as of May 13, 2019 midterm elections need not apply anew.
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