Justice S Oseji of The Court of Appeal sitting in Edo State has ruled in favor of an appeal filed by Five inmates who are Victor Emenuwe, Onome Inaye, Kabiru Abu, Osagie Iyekekpolor and Madugu Odion to enable all inmates across Nigeria participate in Nigerian elections through the inclusion of their names in INEC Voters Register.
The decision of the Court directs Independent National Electoral Commission to include the names of all Nigerian Prison Inmates in the Voters Register.
However, the court did not grant the request that INEC should liaise with Nigerian Prison Service to set up voters registration centers in various prisons across Nigeria but the Justice Oseji while reading the Judgement said they can appeal this other side that is not granted.
The President of the initiative for Rural Development, Information and Legal Advocacy by name Mr. Aigbokhan and who is also the counsel to the appellants has described the Judgement of the court as a victory for Nigeria’s Democracy.
He also urged INEC to immediately start registration of prison inmates across the country so they can participate in the 2019 General Election.