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Prisoners: Voting

Volume 718: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the recommendations of the Electoral Commission on 29 September 2009 in response to the Ministry of Justice's Voting Rights of Convicted Prisoners Detained within the United Kingdom: Second stage consultation as regards the implementation of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Hirst v United Kingdom. [HL3188]

The Electoral Commission’s response to the Government’s second stage consultation on prisoners' voting rights confirmed that it did not take a view on which prisoners should or should not be able to vote. The Electoral Commission broadly supported the Government’s proposed approach to the administration of a system of registration and voting for prisoners, but also made additional recommendations. The commission acknowledged that the current legislative framework around voting would need to be changed to implement support prisoner voting.

The commission’s response is being considered alongside the other responses to the second consultation on prisoner voting rights.