SWS: Reports of vote buying highest in Mindanao

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — A new survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed that reports of poll irregularities during the 2019 elections were highest in Mindanao.

According to the pollster, firsthand reports of vote-buying, harassment, and flying voters were highest in the southern part of the country than anywhere else.

The SWS said the proportion of those who have personally witnessed vote-buying is highest in Mindanao at 26 percent, harassment of voters and flying voters at 3 percent.

In contrast, 6 percent of respondents from Metro Manila witnessed vote-buying, while 2 percent witnessed voter harassment and 2 percent witnessed the presence of flying voters.

However, the Second Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey also said fewer Filipinos said they personally witnessed poll irregularities, including cheating in vote counting, bribery and violence on election day.

According to the SWS, 2019 figures were lower compared with those in 2016 for people who personally witnessed the following:

- vote-buying, from 19 percent to 10 percent;

- harassment of voters, from 4 percent to 2 percent;

- flying voters, from 4 percent to 2 percent;

- cheating in the counting of votes, from 3 percent to 1 percent;

- bribing not to vote, from 5 percent to 1 percent; and,

- violence on election day, from 3 percent to 1 percent.

The poll also revealed the number of people who only heard about these issues were also lower.

When those surveyed were asked why they vote, 88 percent of them said it was their duty. The figure is slightly lower than 2013's 90 percent.

The chief complaint of poll participants nationwide were the long queues during the election.

The SWS conducted the survey from June 22-26, 2019, with 1,200 adults interviewed nationwide.