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COMELEC GROUP ‘Detainees’ right to vote is our goal’

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 19:40:00 04/14/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Inquirer Politics

MANILA, Philippines–The Commission on Elections (Comelec) technical working group for detainees’ right to vote will submit its proposal to provide mechanisms for detainees to vote in the 2010 polls, an official said.

“With the proposal, we hope for Comelec en banc’s approval to allow detainees who are in detention facilities located at the municipality or city of their residence to register for and vote in the upcoming 2010 elections,” said Comelec commissioner Rene Sarmiento who also heads the group.
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CHR seeks voting for detainees

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 15:34:00 04/10/2009

Filed Under: Justice & Rights, Elections

MANILA, Philippines—Prison bars should not prevent detainees from exercising their civil and political rights.

But, according to Commission on Human Rights chairperson Leila De Lima, detainees do not vote even if they have not been convicted, are presumed innocent, and have thus retained their right of suffrage.
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Group to meet on detainees’ right to vote

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 16:48:00 04/09/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Inquirer Politics

MANILA, Philippines—A technical working group (TWG) formed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to meet Tuesday (April 14) to discuss and resolve the lack of legal and administrative mechanisms to allow detainees to register and vote, an official said.

Comelec commissioner and head of the TWG Rene Sarmiento said detainees, or individuals detained without being sentenced, are still presumed innocent of their accusations and retain their right of suffrage but fail to exercise this right due to “legal and administrative” limitations.

According to statistics of the Bureau of Jail and Management and Penology (BJMP), detainees comprise about 95 percent of the total jail population.
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