Zambo Jail starts poll registration, to create precinct for 1,200 voters PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 13:48

More than 600 inmates converged at the multi-purpose hall of the Zamboanga City Jail yesterday in a bid to register and participate in the 2013 local election. But as the one-day registration period closed around 3:00 p.m., only 356 inmates have been accommodated.

As this developed, the jail has a total of 683 registered voters.

“We will be requesting for another wave of registration come August to accommodate other interested inmates,” said Chief Insp. Julius L. Arro, City Jail Officer-in-Charge, in a text message.    “We are tasked to facilitate this since these inmates are entitled to their right to suffrage. They have not yet proven guilty of the offense they have been charged with,” he added.

Arro, who is set to attend the 2nd Quarter Management Conference at Pagadian City yesterday, has designated Sr. Insp. Manshur Sala, the Legal/Hearing Officer for RBJMP 9, 10 and ARMM, to supervise the activity.

It was learned from Sala that a minimal percentage of inmates are not willing to register anew. Comelec Resolution No. 9371 paves the way for the creation of a new polling precinct inside the jail with all inmates be placed as residents of District 1. The move came after the national election last year created series of hitches for both Comelec and BJMP personnel in facilitating inmates to vote.

“We will only be having around 1,200 inmate-voters with some still undecided to give up their voting precinct. We need to respect them, this is democracy in action,” Sala explained in an interview. He however revealed that efforts to inform them have been initiated to emphasize the importance of exercising their right to vote.

The registration is being supervised by Mr. Jesus Alvin B. Lim, Election Officer 2 . Utmost security measures have been provided by the jail personnel to ensure that no untoward incident will happen. — JO1 Lilybell Paraan/ Chief, Community Relations Service