August 20, 2016

Insein prison inmates cast advance votes

Inmates of Insein Prison casting advance votes.
Inmates of Insein Prison casting advance votes.

MORE than 70 percent of Insein Central Prison’s 3,852 inmates who applied to cast advance votes for Sunday’s general election were permitted to do so, according to a prison statement issued yesterday.
According to officials, 2,307 male inmates and 269 females cast their votes at Insein Central Prison.
Those who were deemed ineligible to vote either lacked the necessary ID or have conditions imposed on their sentences that prohibit voting, said the Deputy Director of Myanmar Correctional Department U Myo Oo.
“Some of the inmates who wished to vote could not cast their ballots due to our inability to confirm their personal details.  Some prisoners assisted authorities in satisfactorily identifying themselves and were granted voting rights as a result,” he said.
Inmates in other Yangon prisons, including those in Dala, Kawhmu, Seikkyi Khanaungto and Pabedan townships, will cast their votes today, the deputy director added.
A total of 2,307 inmates have cast their ballots since the advance voting process began on 24 October, said U Maung Maung Aye, director of the department in Yangon Region.


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