MANILA -- Despite housing 556 people accused of crimes, the Manila City Jail (MCJ) was one of the safest polling places in the city, a jail official said Monday.

Jail Senior Inspector Ricky Heart Pegalan said there have been no incidents of election-related violence at the jail.

The police outpost at Central Market, where MCJ is, also said no election-related incidents as of this posting Monday.

The detainees were brought to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) polling center at the jail's administration office in batches.

Unlike in regular polling precincts, voters at MCJ were not allowed to talk to each other.

Pegalan said the Comelec expected a high turnout of voters although 28 voters detained at the Manila City Jail annex in Taguig declined to cast their votes.

He added the detainees may have been discouraged by having to be transported to the polling center at MCJ. "Siguro ayaw na lang nila ma-istorbo."

Most of the voters are from the 3rd District of Manila although detainees from other barangays and cities will have their ballots transmitted to their precincts. (Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)