CHR lauds BJMP, BuCor for ensuring PDLs' voting rights

THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has lauded the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) for the peaceful and orderly 2022 national and local polls.

A total of 1,732 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) were able to vote in their special polling precincts.

CHR stated that it recognizes the immense effort of BuCor and BJMP to uphold and secure the safe electoral participation of incarcerated individuals awaiting the final resolution of their cases.

The Commission also noted the agencies’ rigorous coordination with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for reaching remote confinement facilities and conducting orientations with PDLs on election rules and the voting process.

PDLs were provided with access to radio and television to ensure their informed individual decisions, according to CHR.

Medical personnel, equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE), were also present in the special polling precincts to maintain adherence to Covid-19 health and safety protocols, the commission said.

"The commission believes that providing PDLs the full respect of their rights, such as the right to suffrage, helps us fashion their effective rehabilitation and reintegration back to society."

PDLs’ voting rights affirms their inclusion in our country’s democracy, the CHR said.

Casting their ballot not only brings them hope, but also gives them a sense of social responsibility, it added.

"CHR remains hopeful of the continued collective work of government and civil society to advocate the rights of the most disadvantaged in the country."


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