Comelec to comply with SC order on detainee voters

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking to adopt a manual system of voting for the 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," said Commissioner Luie Guia.

Last week, the Supreme Court (SC) issued an order allowing detainees to vote for national candidates only.

Guia added they were 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," he said.

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. (FP/Sunnex)

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