Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Master of the Mock Elections

After topping the senate staff and SSS mock elections, Francis Escudero placed number 1 in the Ateneo de Davao mock polls.

Here is the complete article.

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) – The Opposition’s Rep. Francis “Chiz” Escudero topped the March 9 automated mock polls held at the Ateneo de Davao University, with 170 out of 194 votes cast.

The lone Mindanawon bet who joined the Magic 12 at number 12 is Juan Miguel Zubiri with 85, or half the number of votes Escudero got.

For party-list groups, Kabataan topped the polls with 52 votes followed by Gabriela (45), Bayan Muna (34), Anak Mindanaw (7) and Abanse! Pinay (5).

Posted in the university website, the Ateneo de Davao choice of the Senate 12 is a mix between administration and opposition – five each from Team Unity and Genuine Opposition and two “Independents” (Francis Pangilinan and Manny Villar who is also included in the GO slate).

Escudero topped the senatorial race way ahead of Social Weather Stations (SWS) toprunner, Pangilinan, who received 158 votes with Villar following closely behind with 157. Villar ranked third, too, in the SWS survey.

The rest of the candidates and their votes: Joker Arroyo (146, TU); Ralph Recto (138, TU); Benigno Aquino II (132, GO); Loren Legarda (131, GO); Alan Peter Cayetano (115, GO), Edgardo Angara (108, TU), Panfilo Lacson (107, GO); Mike Defensor (98, TU); and Zubiri (TU) with 85.

Former Senator John Osmena (70, GO), Aquilino “Coco” Pimentel (55, GO) and Prospero Pichay (50, TU).

The Botong Pinoy Mock Elections was spearheaded by the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO) through its director, Ma. Teresa Isidor in coordination with the SAMAHAN Central Board's (Student Council) President, Patricia Silva and its Secretary General, Denise Subido.

The mock elections made use of "touch screen" equipped computer stations located at the ground floor of Thibault Hall. The computers had pictures of senatorial and party list candidates on which the "voters" could click or select using a finger and the system printed the ballot with the list of chosen candidates.

Alfred Padlan of Mega Group of Computer Companies said the automated mock polls showed that elections using computers can work.

The Botong Pinoy Mock Elections was open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and was done simultaneously in Dumaguete, La Union, Los Banos and Manila, Padlan said. The results were immediately sent to the server in Manila but the results of the mock polls in the other areas were not posted in the Ateneo de Davao website.

I only hope that he would also win in the real elections. Am I right Team Chiz?

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