500 city jail inmates to vote on Monday PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 May 2013 11:39

Some 500 inmates of the city jail will exercise their right of suffrage  in Monday’s election.

City Jail Warden Chief Insp. Julius Arro yesterday said that everything is set for Monday’s voting for registered inmates as he expressed confidence that the process will turn outsuccessful.

Arro said that based on record, there are 700 registered detainees but some 200 of them were already released.

The city jail warden said that personnel from the Commission on Elections will visit the jail and put-up a precinct where the inmates will cast their ballots.

The filled-up ballots will be brought to the Comelec office for entry to the PCOs machines.

Arro said they have already adopted measures for the one-day activity inside the jail.

The voting will take place simultaneously with the regular voting in the different precincts outside the jail.

Meanwhile, Arro disclosed that they have adopted tight security measures due to the increase in number of “high-risk” inmates including those who were transferred from Basilan as well notorious alleged drug lord Margani Samla alias Binladen who was recently arrested and committed at the city jail.

Arro said the status of Samla, the more than 20 suspected Abu Sayyaf members who were transferred from Basilan and other inmates who are facing heinous crimes are different from ordinary inmates as far as security is concerned.

He said that he and his men are confident that they can maintain the security measures inside the jail despite the presence of the “high risk” inmates.

Arro appealed to visitors to strictly observe the rules and regulations imposed in the jail.

He emphasized that contraband items like drugs are strictly prohibited inside the jail. – Dan Toribio Jr.