Prisoner vote not a pri­or­ity

Otago Daily Times - - GENERAL -

Welling­ton: Prison­ers look un­likely to get the vote any time soon, even af­ter a Supreme Court rul­ing in their favour.

The coun­try’s high­est court re­leased a de­ci­sion yesterday up­hold­ing a High Court de­ci­sion that said the vot­ing ban was in­con­sis­tent with the Bill of Rights.

The for­mer Na­tional govern­ment banned all prison­ers from vot­ing in 2010. Be­fore then, in­mates could vote if they were jailed for less than three years.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter An­drew Lit­tle told reporters he per­son­ally dis­agreed with the ban, but the Govern­ment as a whole had yet to take a po­si­tion.

‘‘It’s not that much of a pri­or­ity,’’ he said. — RNZ

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