Kituo Cha Sheria through the Prisons Reform Working Group (PRWG) held a meeting on 26th April, 2017 at the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) offices in Nairobi.
Kituo has been pushing for voting of prisoners in Kenya and the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) registered prisoners as voters in the just ended voter registration exercise. As a follow up to this, the PRWG and the IEBC held the meeting to discuss the various emerging issues and expected outcomes in the forthcoming general Election.
Kituo was represented by programme officers Faith Onyango and Marcelino Waithaka at the meeting where the PRWG submitted a policy brief on the prisoner’ right to vote as espoused in Article 38 of the Constitution.
The Working Group sought clarification on the decision to allow prisoners to vote for the Presidential candidate only. The Working Group made reference to the judgment by Justice Majanja, J in 2013. Also discussed were various other issues including the data of the registered voters in prison, verification of the register of voters in the prisons, accreditation of the PRWG as election observers and areas of collaboration such as civic/voter education in prisons.
IEBC undertook to develop frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the prisoners’ rights as a voting constituency. Kituo through the Working Group will continue to engage with IEBC to realize the Rights in Article 38 for prisoners in Kenya.