MANILA- Survey laggard Larry Gadon is seeking to prohibit polling firms from publishing voter preference surveys.
Gadon, who is running for senator in the upcoming May midterm elections, said Friday he would file a petition at the Commission on Elections to stop voter preference surveys.
"Mind conditioning ang ginagawa nila… Magfa-file ako ng petition for prohibition sa Comelec para matigil na yang ganiyang mind conditioning," he said in a forum.
(What they are doing is mind conditioning. I will file a petition for prohibition at the Comelec to stop that kind of mind conditioning.)
Gadon is lagging behind in at least two surveys on voter preference for the upcoming May polls.
A December 2018 survey by Pulse Asia saw Gadon in the 26th to 36th bracket of preferred senatorial candidates while a September 2018 survey of the Social Weather Stations saw him landing in the 23rd to 24th bracket.
Known as the lawyer behind the impeachment complaint against then Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Gadon also assailed the accuracy of the surveys.
“(Ang) formula na ginagamit ay di talaga pwedeng sabihing scientific meron syempreng mga lugar na yung kandidato ay mas malakas sa area na kung saan doon sila kumuha ng mas malaking portion ng survey," he said.
(They can't say that they used a scientific formula because there are areas where a certain candidate is really popular and polling firms get a big number of their respondents there too.)
Gadon expressed fears that published surveys may soon be used to justify cheating in the elections.
"Ito ay gagamiting parang excuse or alibi to justify cheating kasi pag nanalo sa pandaraya ang sasabihin number 1 sila sa survey eh," he said.
(This is used as an excuse or alibi to justify cheating because when a candidate wins by cheating, he or she can say that they topped the surveys.)
"Huwag na nilang ipublish dahil ang nangyayari nagiging instrumento ito ng mind conditioning instead makapagbigay ng tamang impormasyon sa botante," he added.
(Don't publish the surveys anymore because those are being used for mind conditioning instead of providing accurate information to voters.)