Comelec rules out automated jail vote

Posted on April 19, 2010


By Dale G. Israel, Reporter

NO Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines will be installed in Cebu jails for the elections, the regional Commission on Elections in Central Visayas (Comelec-7) said last week.

“They would be voting for automated elections but their ballots will be placed inside an envelope and take it to the precincts where they are registered,” regional Comelec director Dennis Ausan said last Friday.

He said a Comelec resolution would create a special Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) comprised of teachers the agency will appoint for the voters in the Cebu City Jail and the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC).

“After (the voting) these special BEI would bring the ballots to their respective precincts where they are registered,” Ausan said.

Those inmates qualified to vote are those who have yet to be finally convicted of their crimes.

But those convicted before the May 10 elections are no longer qualified.

If the voters in a particular jail would be less than 100, Ausan said the Comelec would ask the courts to grant a pass for certain inmates to go home and vote.

Ausan said jail personnel will not be allowed to handle the voting.

According to the latest count, there are 1,500 inmates housed at the provincial jail located in barangay Kalunasan in upland Cebu City.