Filipino Voters Trust Election Results, Surveys Show
Manila, Philippines – 8 August, 2019 – The vast majority of Filipinos voters trust the results of their country’s recent elections and they are overwhelmingly satisfied with automated election system provided by Smartmatic, that according to data collected by two independent survey firms. Both polls were conducted in June following the May 2019 elections.
Pulse Asia results
- 84% trusted the election results
- 94% said the vote-counting machines were easy to use
- 91%, want automated voting in future elections
“[Voters] feel that faster results made the elections more credible and it’s also easier…” said Pulse Asia President Dr. Ronnie Holmes.
Social Weather Stations (SWS) results
- An average of 86% of voters said the election results are believable
- 80% were satisfied with the conduct of the election
According to SWS calculations, net satisfaction rating (positive results minus negative results) for voters’ opinion of how the election was conducted rose to “excellent” from a “very good” rating for the 2010 elections.
These survey results continued a trend of increasing voter satisfaction since Smartmatic first began supplying automated election equipment for Philippine elections in 2010.
Legal Network for Truthful Election (LENTE), a non-governmental organization that works to ensure the credibility of the electoral process in the Philippines, recently conducted the Random Manual Audit of voting ballots. The audit determined that the electronic count matched the manual count 99.99% of the time.
There are more than 92,000 Smartmatic vote counting machines used in nearly 37,000 polling places across the country, which comprises more than 7,100 islands.
In a statement, citizen-led watchdog Democracy Watch said that it, “…stands by the voice of the people and their trust in the electoral process. Automation has proved effective in addressing a decades-old problem of wholesale election cheating.”
According to the Commission on Elections of the Philippines (Comelec), there are almost 62 million registered voters in the country and 1.8 million Filipinos registered for absentee ballots. Voter turnout has averaged more than 78 percent over the country’s last three elections.