Elections – More Fun in the Philippines?

As the election process heats up back home in the U.S., it has been entertaining. Here in the Philippines, it can also be entertaining, although even more questionable than politics elsewhere, but still interesting and sometimes funny in its own way.

MANILA, Philippines (Taken from The Adobo Chronicles®) – As the 2016 Philippine presidential elections draw near, concerned citizens and watchdog organizations are focusing attention on election procedures which historically, have been marred by anomalies ranging from voter fraud to ballot-rigging.

Too many Filipino candidates for political office have been cheated out of the elections by systemic mis-counts of votes in past elections.

But the numbers game is evident not only in the election process but even in polls and surveys, as shown in the latest national presidential survey conducted by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWA).

Filipino Math?
Filipino Math?

In the latest poll involving the three declared candidates for president, Senator Grace Poe continues to be the front-runner with 47% of respondents favoring her, followed by the Aquino Administration’s bet Mar Roxas at 39%. Vice President Jejomar Binay who, prior to the candidacy announcements by Roxas and Poe, had been the top favorite in the polls, now comes in third at 35%.

But it looks like even the poll numbers have been rigged to benefit one or all candidates: the total of the three percentages amounts to 121%.

Where did the extra 21% come from?

It’s more fun in the Philippines!

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