Kituo Cha Sheria through the Prisons Reform Working Group (PRWG) held a breakfast meeting on 5th June, 2017 at Panafric Hotel, Nairobi.
The progressive meeting brought together the Prisons Reform Working Group and the Kenya Prisons Service (KPS) mainly to highlight steps being put in place on voter education within prison facilities in the run-up to August 8 elections.
Kituo has been pushing for voting of prisoners in Kenya and the IEBC registered prisoners as voters during the mass voter registration exercise in February this year. As a follow up to this, the PRWG and the KPS held the meeting to discuss the various emerging issues and expected outcomes in the forthcoming general Election.
Kituo was represented by the Executive Director, Gertrude Angote, Programme Coordinator, Faith Ochieng’ and officer John Mwariri where the PRWG submitted an update on the sector’s work on voter education and electoral observation within the prison facilities. Various other issues were discussed 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 on civic/voter education in prisons.
KPS represented by Madam Wanini Kireri – [Assistant Commissioner General of Prisons (ACGP); Director- Legal, Human Rights, Research and Statistics] undertook to facilitate the movement of prisoners to their polling centers on 8th August 2017.
Kituo through the Working Group will continue to engage with IEBC to realize the Rights in Article 38 for prisoners in Kenya.