Thursday, January 14, 2010

Few Filipinos know little of automated polls

Even as 61 percent of Filipinos know little about the automated election system, almost half (49 percent) believe that there will be much trouble in the country if the May 10, 2010 elections will not push through, according to an independent survey.

These are two of the conclusions of a nationwide survey conducted by Pulse Asia between October 22 and 30 among 1,800 respondents with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent.

Despite this ignorance of the new way of voting, 40 percent think that automating the counting of the votes will result in clean elections with credible results. Only 16 percent believe otherwise. The rest (43 percent) are undecided about the effects of poll automation.

At the same time, it said: “The prevailing sentiment among Filipinos is that it is highly likely that the May 2010 polls will be held as scheduled [67 percent].”

The same survey concluded that 64 percent of Filipinos believe that the country’s public school teachers will perform their duties as members of the board of election inspectors, with 65 percent believing that the same teachers are capable of managing the automated polls this year.

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