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Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by lalasticlala(m): 6:59am On Dec 19, 2014
BENIN—A Federal High Court sitting in Benin, Edo State, has held that prisoners in Nigerian prisons have the right to vote in all elections conducted in the country.

Justice Mohammed Lima, who made the ruling in a suit by Victor Emenuwe, Onome Inaye, Kabiru Abu, Osagie Iyekepolor, Modugu Odion (for and on behalf of inmates of Nigeria Prisons), against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Controller-General of Nigeria Prisons Service, also directed the defendants to ensure that the applicants were not disenfranchised.

The plaintiffs had, in the suit, asked the court to determine “whether, having regards to the provisions of section 25 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended in 2011,and section 12 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010, the plaintiffs are not entitled to be registered as voters by INEC.”

They had also prayed the court to determine, whether having regard to the provisions of Section 77 (2) of the 1999 Constitution and Section 12 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010, the plaintiffs were not entitled to cast their votes at any election in the country.

They had also asked the court to determine whether the failure of INEC to make registration and voting provisions for the inmates in the custody of Nigerian prisons does not constitute an infringement on their rights as citizens of Nigeria as enshrined in section 14 (1) (2) (a) (b), section 17 (2) (a), section 24 (b), (c),section 39 of the 1999 constitution and Article 13 (1) and Article 20 (1) of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

In his judgment, Justice Lima, said: “Act byINEC to deny inmates the right to vote is unconstitutional, illegal, irregular, unlawful,null and void and of no effect whatsoever. The defendants do not have the constitutional right to deny the claimants their voting rights.“Being an inmate is not an offence that impedes their registration and voting right under section 24 of the Electoral Act; and that the exclusion of inmates in elections conducted in Nigeria is illegal and ultra vires.”


http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/12/prisoners-nigeria-right-vote-elections-court-rules/

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by simplemach(m): 7:02am On Dec 19, 2014
I even support that they should vote. This is indeed goodnews. Just watch and see now how our prisons will be flooded with campaign.

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by macpetrus(m): 7:12am On Dec 19, 2014
Nice One...
Amendment to nigeria constitution need to be done asap...
Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by ignis(f): 7:16am On Dec 19, 2014
Good...
Pre election campaign stomach infrastructure will still flood the prison.

I pray it doesn't give room for rigging.

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by salamij(m): 7:38am On Dec 19, 2014
let them vote GMB

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by PerfumeRepublik: 7:40am On Dec 19, 2014
Free folks never get PVC finish.....Just saying

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by dridowu: 7:44am On Dec 19, 2014
Honestly i don't know what to say, whether to support or not ?

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by modhream: 7:58am On Dec 19, 2014
macpetrus:
Nice One...
Amendment to nigeria constitution need to be done asap...
The Constitution already supports it,that is why the judge ruled that way.Read the post again

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by macpetrus(m): 8:08am On Dec 19, 2014
modhream:

The Constitution already supports it,that is why the judge ruled that way.Read the post again

Thanks

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by 5naira(m): 8:11am On Dec 19, 2014
ok
Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by Firefire(m): 8:32am On Dec 19, 2014
They are all citizen of this great country.


Let their vote count, this could lead to a greater reform in the prison service and treatment of prisoners.

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by dre11(m): 8:39am On Dec 19, 2014
PerfumeRepublik:
Free folks never get PVC finish.....Just saying

cheesy
cheesy
Just like those twins



Anyway........ Nice development and let see how it goes.
I hope they have their PVC and not an avenue to rig

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by Nobody: 8:51am On Dec 19, 2014
The 1st Commandment : Thou shall not vote in town ,..commit crime and vote in prison again ..

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by kingopta(m): 8:54am On Dec 19, 2014
haha....Buhari For Sure Now....Prisoners go and vote

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by tdayof(m): 9:48am On Dec 19, 2014
Enough vote for the incumbent government lipsrsealed Hmm

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by lekhane(m): 10:23am On Dec 19, 2014
This is absolutely wrong in my own opinion.
Prisoners have limited rights based on what they've done in the past, and also considering their violent nature, knowing well that they can do anything to get out of prison vis-a-vis what our politicians are willing to do just to win, its like someone that wants to die has now seen what will kill him. I smell trouble, prisoners shouldn't be allowed to vote and be voted for at all

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by kazmanbanjoko(m): 10:23am On Dec 19, 2014
na true jarey

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by Nobody: 10:23am On Dec 19, 2014

Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by Maczeelly(m): 10:23am On Dec 19, 2014
Yes...........



Na true ooo







We need change in diz country!!!!!!!!!
Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by dotuna3(m): 10:25am On Dec 19, 2014
HAAHH AHHAAHH SHOKI

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by Prodeegee(m): 10:25am On Dec 19, 2014
Lol...criminal vote criminal

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by omenka(m): 10:25am On Dec 19, 2014
The idea is great but I'm afraid PDP would start recording "millions" of votes in their favour from inmates! lipsrsealed

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by redcliff: 10:26am On Dec 19, 2014
ignis:
Good...
Pre election campaign stomach infrastructure will still flood the prison.

I pray it doesn't give room for rigging.

Infact the main idea is to allow the free movement of rigging!

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by TeGaTeGa1(m): 10:26am On Dec 19, 2014
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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by gloriusabiodun: 10:27am On Dec 19, 2014
yes the court is right

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by ishiamu(m): 10:28am On Dec 19, 2014
thomastbibler:
Nice one. good judgement.
Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by izikjon(m): 10:28am On Dec 19, 2014
Hope all this constitution digging wont end up in rigging??

Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by MillionDollars: 10:29am On Dec 19, 2014
it still doesn't change the fact that G.E.J riding back to OTUOKE come FEBRUARY!!!

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Re: Prisoners In Nigeria Have Right To Vote In All Elections, Court Rules by Wisepac: 10:31am On Dec 19, 2014
prisoners sef go vote out Jonathan.


buhari/osibanjo till 2023

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