Comelec to comply with SC order on detainee voters

Comelec to comply with SC order on detainee voters

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections assured its compliance with the Supreme Court’s order allowing detainee voters to vote for national candidates only.

With this, Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia said the poll body mulls the adoption of a manual voting system for detainee voters.

“We are looking at all possibilities to comply with the SC order, including, possibly, manual counting of votes here at the Comelec central office,” he added.

At the same time, Guia said they are still studying options, whether they will have to print manual ballots or just let detainees use the pre-printed ballots.

“We just got the restraining order of the SC last Wednesday… Our main consideration is to find an alternative system that will be less disruptive of what has already been prepared,” the poll body official added.

There are a total of 64,238 detention prisoners, who are registered to vote in a total of 248 detention facilities nationwide, according to Comelec records. Ferdinand Patinio/PNA/