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Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Roland17(m): 6:15pm On Dec 18, 2012
I personally believe as humans prisoners posses basic human rights (Except it affects the security of the Nation) which should include the right to elect representatives who would protect and fight for their interest like every other voter, If we claim to be operating a democratic system, i believe it should be wholesome and not disenfranchise a group.

The level of Political Consciousness in Nigeria especially amongst youths is encouraging thus i hope we can debate this intelligently.
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by MosesMtonga: 6:22pm On Dec 18, 2012
Prisoners should be allowed to vote bcoz its there right!
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Kobojunkie: 6:26pm On Dec 18, 2012
@POster, like they could do any worse than the Nigerian populace has so far? undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided

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Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Roland17(m): 6:31pm On Dec 18, 2012
Kobojunkie: @POster, like they could do any worse than the Nigerian populace has so far? undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided
@Kobojunkie the main idea here is, we have a group of people who are being disenfranchised/ marginalized cos of their status, yet decisions that affect their daily welfare are made without a choice.

We all agree our country is in dire need of Prison Reform, but does the vote of the people involved matter? should it play a part?

@Moses thanks for the comment.
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Nobody: 6:31pm On Dec 18, 2012
Moses Mtonga: Prisoners should be allowed to vote bcoz its there right!

Da fuq?

They forfeited that right.
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Roland17(m): 6:42pm On Dec 18, 2012
Reading without dropping a comment is disallowed
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by k2039(m): 7:12pm On Dec 18, 2012
They were first a citizen before they became a prisoner, so it's their right by default.
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Roland17(m): 7:45pm On Dec 18, 2012
I do not belong to the school of thought that believes that denying prisoners the right to vote is an effective deterrent for offenders and future offenders.
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by engrtee(f): 8:24pm On Dec 18, 2012
So rev king should vote?
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Wendyslim(f): 8:51pm On Dec 18, 2012
Are dey not citizen? cry cry
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by k2039(m): 8:53pm On Dec 18, 2012
Ileke-IdI:


Da fuq?

They forfeited that right.
You mean they forfeited their citizenship, that's the only case you assumption may be applicable.
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Nnamdini(m): 8:53pm On Dec 18, 2012
i believe prisoners should be allowed to vote but as a realist, i dont see how their vote could be significant in the overall election result
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by lekkie073(m): 8:56pm On Dec 18, 2012
this thread is closed!
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Iaz93: 8:59pm On Dec 18, 2012
So many prisoners on the streets...
They should all be allowed to vote...
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Morgan1092(m): 9:01pm On Dec 18, 2012
9ce question.
@topic: Yes d shld b allowd, cos bin convicted does nt mek dem loose dia citizenship.
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Freiburger(m): 9:01pm On Dec 18, 2012
@ toipc, YES because they should be given the opportunity to change the rule of law that landed them in Jail for example.

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Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by pappy2000: 9:03pm On Dec 18, 2012
I don't think prisoners should be allowed to vote because first it should serve as one of the punishemnt for their offences secondly trust our politicians they will bastardize the process giving ammensty to criminals that are dangerous to the society,so I don't think they should be allowed to vote,
Roland17: Reading without dropping a comment is disallowed
Dropping sensible comment not just comments

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Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by ebamma3: 9:03pm On Dec 18, 2012
Should mad men be allowed to use the internet?
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Nobody: 9:04pm On Dec 18, 2012
Roland17: If we claim to be operating a democratic system, i believe it should be wholesome and not disenfranchise a group.

The United States is a democracy. Incarcerated felons do not vote with the exception of two states: Maine and Vermont.

If the person is awaiting trial, then he or she can vote. If a prisoner is serving a term, then he or she shouldn't be allowed to vote. It's called punishment. I don't recall misbehaving when I was a child and still being allowed to play with toys and have dessert. You do the crime, you do the time, and that involves losing privileges that people who abide by the law enjoy.

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Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Nobody: 9:05pm On Dec 18, 2012
The last I checked the dead votes in Nigeria
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Redmosquito(m): 9:08pm On Dec 18, 2012
ogugua88: The United States is a democracy. Incarcerated felons do not vote with the exception of two states: Maine and Vermont.

If the person is awaiting trial, then he or she can vote. If a prisoner is serving a term, then he or she shouldn't be allowed to vote. It's called punishment. I don't recall misbehaving when I was a child and still being allowed to play with toys and have dessert. You do the crime, you do the time, and that involves losing privileges that people who abide by the law enjoy.
Your INTELLIGENCE and WISDOM deserves my worship!

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Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by GooseBaba: 9:10pm On Dec 18, 2012
Wait O! Is this law in Naija or Yankee?
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Roland17(m): 9:13pm On Dec 18, 2012
ogugua88:

The United States is a democracy. Incarcerated felons do not vote with the exception of two states: Maine and Vermont.

If the person is awaiting trial, then he or she can vote. If a prisoner is serving a term, then he or she shouldn't be allowed to vote. It's called punishment. I don't recall misbehaving when I was a child and still being allowed to play with toys and have dessert. You do the crime, you do the time, and that involves losing privileges that people who abide by the law enjoy.

And you feel inhibiting prisoners from making a choice on who represents them would serve as a good deterant, if the prisons are supposed to rehabilitate like we believe, shouldn't prisoners be encouraged to carry out a simple civic duty of voting, so that when they get back into the society they do not develop political Apathy? and can easily blend into the society without feeling left out?

what happens to those who are serving jail terms despite being innocent or in the case of Nigeria, thousands awaiting trial after 7-10 years?
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Roland17(m): 9:14pm On Dec 18, 2012
GooseBaba: Wait O! Is this law in Naija or Yankee?

Where ever you are resident
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by GooseBaba: 9:15pm On Dec 18, 2012
ogugua88:

The United States is a democracy. Incarcerated felons do not vote with the exception of two states: Maine and Vermont.

If the person is awaiting trial, then he or she can vote. If a prisoner is serving a term, then he or she shouldn't be allowed to vote. It's called punishment. I don't recall misbehaving when I was a child and still being allowed to play with toys and have dessert. You do the crime, you do the time, and that involves losing privileges that people who abide by the law enjoy.

In Yankee after serving their time they still cannot vote.. What sense does that make?
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Nobody: 9:16pm On Dec 18, 2012
Roland17: Reading without dropping a comment is disallowed
ok i don hear.
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by anitank(f): 9:17pm On Dec 18, 2012
YES, they are all human beings (except alien prisoners sha grin)
Don't forget that some of them are good citizens that are there for the crimes they didn't commit
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Roland17(m): 9:19pm On Dec 18, 2012
GooseBaba:

In Yankee after serving their time they still cannot vote.. What sense does that make?

My exact thought, here like u said they are done after serving jail terms, yet we are made to believe its to rehabilitate/ reform them, after jail terms, everything is taken away from them, they can't get a job cos no one wants to employ them, they can't vote and what do they resort to, crime, drugs, prostitution of course, its a viscous cycle.
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Roland17(m): 9:19pm On Dec 18, 2012
berem!:
ok i don hear.
What a comment grin grin
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by GooseBaba: 9:21pm On Dec 18, 2012
Roland17:

Where ever you are resident

Are there laws in naija that promotes this punishment? Or are we just in assumption mode?
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Roland17(m): 9:23pm On Dec 18, 2012
GooseBaba:

Are there laws in naija that promotes this punishment? Or are we just in assumption mode?

For the period i lived in Nigeria, i am perfectly aware that Prisoners never voted, they remain maligned and disenfranchised, although i can't quote a particular section of the constitution where that is written.
Re: Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Vote? by Nobody: 9:24pm On Dec 18, 2012
GooseBaba: In Yankee after serving their time they still cannot vote.. What sense does that make?

It depends on the state. There are states where you can vote as soon as you're released. There are some where you can vote after serving parole and probation. As for those where you can't vote after serving, it depends on the severity of the crime, how many times the person has committed the crime, etc.

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