[WATCH] What do electoral protests mean for democracies?
[WATCH] What do electoral protests mean for democracies?
By crying fraud, US President Donald Trump and former senator Bongbong Marcos question the integrity of their national elections. Could this erode citizens' trust in democratic institutions?

In the Philippines’ 2016 elections, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr was defeated by then-congresswoman Leni Robredo by a slim margin – just over 260,000 votes in their 14-million count. She went on to be the country’s 14th Vice President.

Marcos cried “institutionalized cheating,” and has not given up his protest 4 years since Robredo assumed office.

In the United States, President Donald Trump, who was seeking reelection, falsely claimed victory and made baseless allegations of cheating against his Democrat rival Joe Biden, now President-elect.

Trump hasn’t conceded either.

The similarities are uncanny. When candidates question the integrity of the electoral system, what happens to the people’s trust given to government? What are the implications on democratic institutions?

Watch this video explainer to learn more. –

Written and narrated by Michelle Abad
Edited by Jaene Zaplan
Animation by Janina Malinis

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