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march07.2014Mechanisms allowing qualified detainees and prisoners to vote proposed

march07.2014Mechanisms allowing qualified detainees and prisoners to vote proposed

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Mechanisms allowing qualified detainees and prisoners to vote proposed
The total jail population in the country is 72,476 as of September 2012, and 69,143 of them are aaitin! preliminary in"esti!ation, trial or promul!ation of final jud!ement, and many of those sentenced continue to be on appeal#$%any persons lan!uishin! in prisons nationide, ho are still not dis&ualified by la, are effecti"ely depri"ed of their ri!ht to "ote durin! elections,' (ep# (ene (elampa!os )1
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 *istrict, +ohol laments#(elampa!os is author of -+ 3.17 hich see/s the establishment of mechanisms for &ualified "oters detained in jails to eercise their ri!ht of suffra!e, amendin! Section 1 of the mnibus lection ode or +atas 5ambansa +l!# ..1#The proposed $5ersons *epri"ed of iberty )5* otin! 8ct of 2014' ould ensure that ni"ersal Suffra!e, enshrined in the onstitution, is promoted and safe!uarded#ni"ersal suffra!e, the lama/er eplained, re&uires the participation of the  broadest pool of "oters ensurin! that e"ery eli!ible "oter must be included# (easonable re&uirements are usually limited to minimum a!e, nationality and mental capacity#$nli/e in n!land, anada, 8ustralia, -on!/on! and other leadin! democracies in the orld, 5*s in the 5hilippines, not otherise dis&ualified by la, are effecti"ely curtailed from eercisin! their ri!ht to "ote ith the absence of a la,' (elampa!os stressed#-e pointed out that the year 2010 mar/ed to milestones in the country:s election history; first, the use of the automated election system nationide< and second, the first en masse re!istration and "otin! of 5*s#(elampa!os also noted that 5* "otin! as made possible by the concerted efforts of the ommission on lections, other !o"ernment a!encies as ell as ci"il society in"ol"ed in prison care#$=ith the issuance of omelec (esolution >o# ..10 on %arch 30, 2010, 5*s ere alloed to "ote for the first time# 5* "otin! as a!ain itnessed in the 2013 mid?term polls folloin! omelec (esolution >o# 9371 on %arch 6, 2012 introducin! impro"ements to the earlier issuance,' the author recalled#@urthermore, he noted that about 44,000 5*s cast their "otes under the super"ision of the +ureau of Aail %ana!ement and 5enolo!y )+A%5 includin! 5*s from the
NR # 3398MARCH 7, 2014

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