(Ballots no longer transported)Comelec to establish precinct inside jail PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 September 2018 12:07

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will establish a precinct inside the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center (ZCRC) to enable inmates to vote right inside the jail facility during the 2019 election.

This is reportedly contrary to past elections when ballots were transported to a precinct outside the jail.

Based on the new system, inmates will vote right inside the precinct to be established by the Comelec inside the jail.

In past elections, ZCRC personnel get the ballots from a precinct outside the facility and bring it inside the jail for the inmates to fill out.

Jail personnel will then transport the ballots back to the precinct outside the jail.

Meanwhile, inmates, or Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL), will only be allowed to vote for national positions and not for local elective posts.

The Zamboanga City Reformatory Center has 3,339 inmates.

Jail Officer 3 Rey Laurence E. Comprendio, ZCRC Community Relations Officer, explained that not all of the inmates were  allowed to register since some of the inmates have only been in their custody for less than six months.  (RGAAGo)