298 city jail inmates vote PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:18

City Jail Warden Chief Insp. Julius Arro  disclosed that a total of 298 registered jail inmates cast their votes in Monday’s elections..

Arro said that out of 700 registered voters, only 298 voted because the rest had alredy received their sentence and released..

“The turn-out here in the jail was very good and successful,” Arro said.

He said that voting started at 7 a.m. and ended very early.

Comelec personnel took the shaded ballots and brought them to their office for submission to the PCOs machines.

“We provided security on the sanctity of their votes until the ballots were turned over to the Comelec personnel,” Arro said.

He explained that other inmates who are in the jail for more than six months may also become voters in the next election provided they will register under Comelec law.

Meanwhile,  the jail warden disclosed that they are still adopting extra strict measures in the jail because of the presence of high risk inmates — suspected Abu Sayyafs — who were transferred to the city jail from Basilan.

Part of the security measures is the strict checking of all visitors for possible entry of contraband items. – Dan Toribio Jr.