Comelec asks for reports on poll surveys

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Saturday, April 27, 2013


COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) 7 Director Temie Lambino said those who have commissioned surveys should give them a report about it.

This is in relation to the earlier statement of Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes that he will come up with a resolution for pollsters to reveal subscribers and expenses.

Lambino said he has not received the resolution.

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He said this is important because surveys can cause trending, or a bandwagon effect.

In Cebu City, surveys have been the center of attention recently.

The University of San Carlos released an independent survey showing Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district) leading against Mayor Michael Rama in the mayoral race, but that it was not to be considered a definitive win for the congressman.

But the race for vice mayor and congressmen all went to the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) candidates, according to the survey.

A day after USC released the results of the survey, another survey was shown to City Hall reporters allegedly done by another department of USC reportedly commissioned by the Liberal Party (LP).

This time, Rama was leading against Osmeña.

Both USC and LP denied the survey.

But in her Twitter account, congressional candidate for Cebu City north district Annabelle Rama said Team Rama will release its own survey next week.

The in-house survey has 42,000 respondents, she said.

Mayor Rama did not confirm the release of the Team Rama survey but agreed with Comelec that pollsters should tell the people who commissioned the survey.

“That’s why I am surprised why all of these surveys came out,” said Mayor Rama.

He said surveys should only be used as guide and should not be dangled.

The mayor also said surveys create influence and the sanctity of vote is very important.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 27, 2013.

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