Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon yesterday stressed the need for allow inmates who have not been convicted the right to vote in the 2019 polls.
“Prior to final conviction, they have the right to vote”, she said.
“We want to include all citizens who are qualified, including those who are in jail,” said Guanzon, chair of the Comelec Detainee Voting Committee.
The voter registration of inmates is a nationwide campaign in all the jails, she said, with the Comelec partnering with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, the Bureau of Corrections, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting and the Commission on Human Rights.
“We are also encouraging local government units, civil society, and clubs to partner with us if they have other services to provide to the detainees that they can deliver during voter registration day,” Guanzon said, citing medical and dental assistance.
Guanzon is set to join the Bacolod Comelec team at the satellite voter registration of inmates at the Metro Bacolod District Jail Female Dormitory in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City, this morning.*CPG
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