Waitangi Tribunal calls for a law change to allow prisoners to vote

Waitangi Tribunal calls for a law change to allow prisoners to vote

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The Waitangi Tribunal
is calling for an urgent law change to allow prisoners to vote
in the 2020 election. The Tribunal says with more than
half the prison population Maori, the current ban is discriminatory. And as Eruera Rerekura reports, a leading advocate
for Maori inmates says the government needs to show courage
and make the change. She claims the Electoral Act
discriminates. The lawyer says that law
should rightfully be changed. Whaipooti praises the tribunal
for what she says is a correct, just and brave stance. But the opposition
is standing strong to stopping prisoners
from casting their votes. The Justice Minister
can see the merits. So the government must be brave
to effect change. So the big question is: will prisoners get the right
to vote in next year’s election? Time will tell. Eruera Rerekura, Te Karere.

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