Registered prisoners to vote on March 4

Posted: January 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

The High Court has ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to ensure prisoners who were registered before incarceration vote on March 4.

Justice David Majanja on Monday directed IEBC to put in Place measures to ensure that inmates are registered to vote in future elections and referendums.

 The judge gave the ruling in a case filed by Kituo Cha Sheria against IEBC and the Attorney General.

The lobby group, in its case argued that IEBC had infringed on the rights of prisoners by failing to register them to vote.Kituo Cha Sheria also wanted IEBC to be compelled to deploy returning officers in the prisons and allow inmates to vote.

Last week, Justice Majanja had ordered IEBC to file an affidavit in court stating what steps taken to ensure prisoners vote on March 4.

The judge said the state has a duty to respect the rights and freedoms contained in the bills of rights.


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