Extract from the Official Statement from WIN/GIA in support of our member in Ecuador, CEDATOS:
April 13th, 2017 — The WIN & Gallup International Association Network (WIN/GIA) is firm in denouncing the reported forced entry into the offices of the Ecuadoran polling firm CEDATOS, member in the Network representing Ecuador. This action allegedly happened as a reaction to the exit polls conducted by CEDATOS on the occasion of the national Presidential elections held on April 2nd, 2017.
WIN/GIA Interim President Vilma Scarpino has declared: "As part of the opinion research international industry, we strongly oppose any threat in using power to intimidate researchers and/or to intervene in disputed research findings. CEDATOS has been part of our Association for over 10 years and Polibio Cordova, founder and CEO of the company, is an honest professional with an Economics PhD from the University of Michigan. He has always been a well-known and a respected member of our international community".
All the members of the WIN/GIA Network agree that the free publication of opinion poll results plays a fundamental role for all societies and it is the best way to ensure that electoral polls improve their accuracy. What is happening to Mr Cordova is a threat to our industry and for democracy as a whole.
Social and opinion research is used by the media to report on citizens' views about the society in which they live. Infringements on the right to conduct opinion and social research therefore have a negative impact on the delivery of effective, evidence-based policy-making.
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