Nigerians in prisons within the nation in its voter register. Justice S. Oseji, delivering the lead judgment, on behalf of Justice Helen Ogunwumiju. The enchantment was filed by 5 inmates on behalf of different inmates in Nigerian prisons throughout the nation. People who filed the enchantment are Victor Emenuwe, Onome Inaye, Kabiru Abu, Osagie Iyekekpolor and Modugu Odion.
The judgment affirmed the judgment granted by a Federal Excessive Court docket in 2014, that prisoners can vote.
Oseji, nonetheless didn’t grant a declaration that INEC liaise with the Nigeria Jail Service to create a registration centre at varied prisons throughout the nation.
Talking to newsmen after the judgment, Counsel to the appellant, President Aigbokhan of the Initiative for Rural Improvement, Data and Authorized Advocacy (IRDILA), urged INEC to start quick registration of inmates throughout the nation for them to take part in subsequent 12 months’s election.
Aigbokhan mentioned they might enchantment a part of choice of the Court docket of Attraction.
In keeping with him, “Jail inmates have their group. Polling items must be situated there.
“One in every of our shoppers is the inmates in prisons. We consider they’ve a proper to vote in an election in order to resolve those that in the end resolve their future.
“When franchise is given to them, consideration can be targeted there. Their scenario and well being circumstances can be improved
“In 2014, the Federal Excessive Court docket granted our prayers that prisoners can vote however narrowed it to the 4 candidates within the swimsuit though it was said there that these candidates had been representing different inmates.
“We went to the Court docket of Attraction and the court docket agreed that the judgement represents all inmates within the nation. That INEC ought to with quick impact collage the names of inmates and permit them to vote in 2019.
“The judgment has disagreed that INEC ought to create polling items contained in the jail. In 2015, the inmates are over 550,000.
“All INEC must do is to replace their voter register and liase with NGO as volunteers go assist them. It’s victory for Nigeria’smdemocracy.”