2,000 inmates in Kamiti Prison to vote in August elections

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The IEBC registration clerks registering Kamiti Prison inmates at on Tuesday February 22, 2017.
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By  Denson  Mututo

Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) target to register over 2,000 inmates  at  Kamiti  GK Prison as voters.

However since yesterday when the voter registration exercise in all prisons in the country kicked off, only 393 inmates at the prison had been registered.

Officer in-charge of Kamiti prison, Senior  Assistant Commissioner of Prisons (SACP), Henry  Kisingu told KNA on Tuesday when the press visited the prison that identity cards of the inmates were all available for the exercise.

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“Inmates are being given back their IDs for the registration, but we will withdraw them immediately they are registered. Similarly we will repeat the same during the  August 2017 general elections,” the prison boss said.

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He noted that some inmates at youth corrective training centres who are underage will not be registered, as they do not have identity cards. “The exercise kicked off  late  on Monday and is running smoothly and we intend to complete by Friday,” he said.

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Peter  Kimani, an inmate on life imprisonment who spoke to the press after he registered as a voter commended changes of election laws to allow participation of prisoners in elections.

“Despite being in prison, we are equally informed like other Kenyans and we are in a position to vote in wise leaders,” Kimani who hails from Murang’a County said, adding prison life had improved especially on access to information and education.

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“Life in prison is similar to that of a boarding school. We have television sets everywhere, we are all enrolled in education programmes from primary to university level and even vocational trainings for technical skills,” the inmate told the press.

He appealed to Kenyans to remain peaceful and united ahead, during and after the elections.

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