10 December 2012

Kenya: Activists to Sue IEBC Ove Rights of Inmates

Statistics released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission -- IEBC -- indicate 8.6 million voters had registered in three weeks ( Resource: Voter Registration in Kenya Gloomy Over Low Turnout )

A human rights body has vowed to go to court to compel the IEBC to register inmates.

Kituo cha Sheria project manager Benjamin Maina said at the weekend that inmates should be given an opportunity to practice their democratic right.

He said the country has more than 50,000 inmates who qualify to register as voters. Speaking at Shimo-la-Tewa prison, Maina dismissed claims by IEBC that there is no mechanism in place to register the inmates.

He said the group has written to the electoral body twice, but it has failed to respond. Maina said only persons charged with electoral offences should be locked out of the voting process.

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