The Senate has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow duly registered and eligible prison-electorates to vote during elections in Nigeria.
This followed a motion sponsored by senator Abba Moro representing Benue South senatorial district.
Moro made the presentation in his Motion titled, “The prerogative of Prison Inmates to vote in general elections in Nigeria: statutory, Inalienable and non-negotiable.”
He revealed that the number of inmates in various prisons nationwide is put at over 68,000 as the majority of them are presumed innocent until found guilty.
He argued that such a high number of people should not be ignored but be allowed to exercise their franchise as any attempt by an individual or agency to deny inmates of their rights to vote is unconstitutional, illegal and unlawful.
The Senate, in its resolution, urged INEC and relevant agencies to carry out voter enlightenment in all prisons in Nigeria, to educate the inmates about their rights to exercise their franchise in general elections.
The lawmakers also called on the Electoral body to determine the status of the inmates that are constitutionally and legally qualified to be registered as eligible voters at elections.