Sahidulla leads in Sulu survey PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 April 2013 11:22

Non administration candidates for provincial governor, vice governor, board members, congressional district representatives and municipal mayoralty posts led by PDP-Laban candidate for Governor Abdulwahid Omar Sahidulla continue to have an edge against Liberal Party aspirants for the same position in terms of voter preference, according to a recent survey result of Track 2 of StratPolls conducted in the province of Sulu.

This information was revealed by Nurmina Julkipli, survey statistician and information officer of the Track 2 of StratPolls, which was dispatched to conduct said survey.

According to Track 2 of StratPolls survey,  in Sulu, former Tongkil Mayor Sahidulla of the PDP-Laban is the preferred candidate for the position of Governor by 75.3 % of the respondents while Abdusakur Abubabakar Tan II, son and namesake of the former governor and a Liberal Party aspirant, trailing him at 21.5% and Kadra Asani Masihul of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), at 3.2%.

For the Vice Governor, survey shows that Muahmar S. Tulawie, PDP-Laban, is the preferred candidate with 72.4% of the respondents while former governor Abdusakur Tan, Sr. garnering only about 27.6 of the voters’ preference.                 For Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member, Abubakar Loong, Jr. of the Liberal Party leads the pack of aspirants with 84.13 of the voters’ preference. He is closely followed by Siyang B. Loong of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), at 81.52%, Abijar-e Salahuddin, NPC, 79.2%, Bhala Addinullah Badah, NPC, 71.5%, Al-Nacquer Sahidulla, PDP-Laban, 70.2%, Nurhanina H. Alimuddin, PDP-Laban,70.02, Mahail K. Hassan, PDP-Laban, 69.1% and Onnih Talib Ammad, UNA, 68.9% and Basaron Muksan, LP, 68.9%. The rest of the candidates include Ayub Pulahong, 72.0 %, Alganarham Adam, 68.5% and Alnur Arbison, 68.4% all Liberal Party candidates.

For the 1st Congressional District ,House of Representatives, Tupay Loong, of NUP leads the pack at 59.54 % of the preferred votes. Trailing him closely is Alvarez Isnaji, NPC, at 38.50% and Tarhata Misuari, IND, at 1.96%.

For the  2nd District, House of Representatives, Nur Ana I. Sahidulla, NPC, is still the candidate to beat, garnering a 94.2% of the voters preference while Maryam Arbison is at the tail-end of the race at 5.8 %.

For selected mayoralty candidates in several towns of the province, survey says that mayoralty candidate for the Tongkil (Banguingui), Wajid Sahidulla is ahead in the list of voters’ preference over Hajji Abdullajid Alih by 67.2% to 37.8 %, Kalingalan Caluang, Siasi, Old Panamao, Maimbung, Indanan, Patikul, Talipao.

Track 2 of StratPolls is a project of private survey institution-Philippine Survey and Research Center, Inc. (PSRCI) located at Cordillera St., Mandaluyong City established to complement the works of the Social Weather Station (SWS)  at the provincial, congressional and other local government levels with registered voters of between 200,000 to 1.6 million. StratPolls is the same project conceived by the same survey agency in Cavite where Ireneo “Ayong” Maliksi of the LP was ranged against  Jon Vic Remulla of the Lakas-NUCD where the former was shown ahead of Remulla of Lakas by 54.9% to 44.7 % out of 1,000 sample respondent-population.

In the case of Sulu, 1, 200 respondents were randomly selected from among the 8 municipalities out of the 19 component municipalities thereof. They were interviewed face-to-face last April 13-17, 2013 to determine their candidate preference. Like Track 1 StratPolls previously conducted in the province, Track 2 StratPolls has a confidence level of 98% with a sampling margin of error of Plus or minus 3.5%.

From the number of respondents, 92. 4 % answered that they will not change their chosen candidates for governor, vice-governor, board member and congressional representatives while 5% indicated their willingness to change their preferences as election comes near while 2.5% were undecided.

The Track 2 of StratPolls survey results for the former Governor Abdusakur Tan for his candidacy for the vice governor is far better than the Track 1 of StratPolls survey result of his nephew- Erwin Que Tan conducted between December 3-7, 2012 survey, prompting the former to replace him as candidate in December 21, 2012 deadline. However, said result is a far cry from the result of the voters preference held when he was running as candidates for governor of the province. Governor Tan already served his last three year term as governor in 2010 to 2013.

In a related development moves are gathering for the disqualification of former Governor Abdusakur Tan as candidate for the position of Vice Governor. It may be recalled that Governor Tan originally nominated his nephew as vice gubernatorial candidate for Sulu. However, after the result of the recent Track 1 of StratPolls survey in the early December 2-7, 2012 showing that Erwin Tan is trailing at the tail end of the race against his opponent Muahmar Tulawie, he decided to replace him instead and file his candidacy for vice governor last December 21, 2012. However, election law requires that before said candidacy for vice governor may be legally binding, the same must be endorsed by the Liberal Party in a provincial convention held for the purpose. In his case, the selection process was a blatant violation of Election Laws since his alleged nomination was made by him during a meeting he presided as LP provincial president and duly accepted by him. — PR