In­mates al­lowed to vote in May polls

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Sun*Star Re­porter Lau­ren Alimondo

SOME 75 in­mates of the Baguio City Jail reg­is­tered for the May 2019 na­tional and lo­cal elec­tions.

At­tor­ney John Paul Martin, Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion Baguio Su­per­vi­sor said per­sons de­prived of lib­erty (PDL) who have stayed at least six months in jail and have not been con­victed have the right to vote.

Martin added a spe­cial elec­toral board will be de­ployed by the Com­elec to con­duct the vot­ing on elec­tion day and col­lect all the bal­lots to be sub­mit­ted

to the elec­toral boards in the near­est precinct at Josefa Carino El­e­men­tary School.

“We want PDLs to vote even with pend­ing cases, be­cause they are still pre­sumed in­no­cent,” added Martin.

The num­ber of PDL vot­ers de­creased to five com­pared to the 2016 elec­tions, as some have al­ready been re­leased.

“There was a pend­ing case in the Supreme Court con­test­ing the right of PDL to vote for the lo­cal po­si­tion that’s why in 2016 there was a TRO, and be­cause of that, PDL only voted for na­tional po­si­tions,” he added.

As of these writ­ing the case in the Supreme Court has yet to be solve. Martin added un­til such time that the TRO is lifted, PDL will only be al­lowed to vote for na­tional po­si­tions.

“If there will be a de­ci­sion from the Supreme Court, we will act ac­cord­ingly depend­ing on the de­ci­sion,” he said.

In Benguet, some 28 in­mates for both La Trinidad Mu­nic­i­pal Jail and Provin­cial Jail have reg­is­tered for the May 2019 polls.

As of Oc­to­ber 25, 2018, Cordillera re­gion reg­is­tered more than one mil­lion vot­ers.

Benguet recorded the largest num­ber of reg­is­tered vot­ers with 227,033 fol­lowed by Abra with 177,058, Baguio City with 164,125, Kalinga with 137,658 fol­lowed by Ifu­gao with 124,289, Mt. Prov­ince with 108,512 and Apayao with 74,743 vot­ers.

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