Nigeria Prisons service shares reasons why inmates cannot cast vote yet

Report gathered that the Nigeria Prisons Service on Wednesday explained why it was difficult for inmates to cast their votes during the general elections, citing the absence of polling units as one of the challenges.
The Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Prisons Service, Francis Enobore, gave the explanation in an interview in Lagos.
Mr. Enobore, a Deputy Controller of Prisons, said the inmates had the right to participate in elections but that the necessary logistics had not been put in place.
He added that the Independent National Electoral Commission had not designated polling units in the prisons in spite of a court judgment which said that the inmates were eligible.
He said a court judgment by Justice Mohammed Suleiman of the Federal High Court, Benin, had in December 2014, allowed inmates the right to vote in elections.
Noting that the judgment had not been implemented, the prisons spokesman said that “in the coming years, the INEC and the prison authorities will collaborate to actualise the order.
“The order was passed to INEC but for many reasons, to actualise it takes a lot of process and logistics,” he said.
Mr. Enobore noted that during the registration for elections, no prison was designated a polling unit.
“For them to vote, you have to create a centre in the prisons for registration and for voting.
“To arrange the logistics from where they are serving to where they will vote outside the prison is near impossible for now, considering that some of them are hardened criminals.


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