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Minister: UK to give prisoners right to vote

Minister: UK to give prisoners right to vote

British officials say the government is changing its laws to allow prisoners to vote to conform to a European court ruling.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2005 in favor of a British prisoner who argued that a blanket ban on prisoners' voting was discriminatory.
Constitutional Reform Minister Mark Harper says Tuesday Britain has a legal obligation to let some inmates take part in ballots. He says officials are now considering how to implement the change.
The Council of Europe has warned that the U.K.'s failure to comply with the ruling risked sparking more legal costs and compensation claims.
Prisoners in Britain have been banned from voting since 1870, except those on remand awaiting trial, fine defaulters and people jailed for contempt of court.


Updated : 2020-11-30 20:19 GMT+08:00