New PNP policy could prevent many cops from voting on May 9 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 14:06

More than 1,000  police personnel may not be able to vote on May 9 elections as a result of a policy adopted by the PNP hierarchy in the region.

Local police sources have complained that a high ranking PNP official has reportedly warned PNP personnel that those caught leaving their duty on election day will face possible charges of abandonment.

A total of 234 police personnel at the Zamboanga City Police Office have applied for absentee voting. These personnel may vote for national but not for local officials.

Some PNP personnel are questioning however why their names were included in the list when they did not apply for absentee voting.

Zamboanga city Police Office Chief Sr Supt Luisito Magnaye confirmed that they will implement a policy disallowing police personnel to leave their posts during election day to vote.

About 1,000 personnel have the right to vote.  Majority however are expected to lose the opportunity due to the present policy to be adopted.

Based on the plan, those who will be assigned to polling places where they are registered may vote during the election.  Those however who are assigned to other polling centers where they are not registered will not be allowed to vote.

Should they insist, they will face possible charges of abandonment of duty, according to the high ranking regional PNP official.

In the past, all police personnel were reportedly allowed to exercise their right of suffrage based on a system of assigning certain voting hours to allow all team members to vote during election day.

This time, all PNP personnel who will serve outside their polling places are expected not to exercise their right of suffrage, lfollowing the adopted policy this election. — LH