Barry Soper: The fundamental right to vote shouldn't be taken from anyone.

Publish Date
Mon, 12 Aug 2019, 1:21PM
prisoner voting rights back in the spotlight (Photo: NZ Herald)

Barry Soper: The fundamental right to vote shouldn't be taken from anyone.

Publish Date
Mon, 12 Aug 2019, 1:21PM

A view that prisoners should be encouraged to be an active part of society, rather than shut out.


A Waitangi Tribunal report says the 2010 law change which bans prisoners from voting, goes against the Crown's treaty obligations.

 

It says it leads to a significant prejudice against Maori.


Newstalkzb's political editor Barry Soper told Andrew Dickens while many rights are denied to prisoners, the right to vote shouldn't be one of them.


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