About 600 inmates at the Lang’ata Women’s prison are expected to be registered to vote in the ongoing voter registration process that began on Wednesday February 22.
Inmates across the country will be allowed to take part in the August poll for the first time after the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission resolved to gazette all prisons as registration centers.The exercise is set to end in February 27.
In 2010 the Supreme Court ruled that prisoners have the right to vote, including in national referendum. And for that the inmates expressed their excitement as it is an opportunity for them to excersice their right as eligible voters.
Dr Concellia Ondiek who has been behind bars for five months now stated that it is a good opportunity for the inmates to elect the leaders they want.
Concellia stated that some of the laws that would be enacted by the next government will also affect them and that is an opportunity for them to chose what they want in future.
“It is very important for us to participate in the elections to be able to choose the right leaders who will enact some of these laws which affect us as Kenyans”. Concellia said.
It has been a long wait for many prisoners who have been looking for a chance to exercise their democratic right.
“I am taking this opportunity to thank the government for giving us a chance to take part in electing the right leaders”.
At the same time Janet Wanja who is serving a life sentence urged Kenyans to turn out and vote thus failing to vote would be voting in the wrong leaders.
“I felt so happy when we were told that we are being registered as voters so let Kenyan turn out in large numbers to vote for the leaders they want this way we will be electing the right leaders.” Wanja said.