Kenyan Inmates Ruling May Delay Holding of Referendum, Daily Nation Says

A Kenyan court ruling that prisoners can vote in an Aug. 4 referendum on a new constitution may delay the poll as registration has closed, the Daily Nation reported, citing senior members of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission.

The ruling by a dispute resolution court yesterday followed a complaint by human rights group, Kituo Cha Sheria, that excluding inmates from the vote would violate their rights under the current constitution, the Nairobi-based newspaper reported.

The decision opens up voting to about 53,000 inmates in 90 prisons across the East African nation, the Daily Nation said. The time it will take to verify the identity of that many people may go beyond the Aug. 4 vote, the newspaper reported, citing Kimani Muhoro, a lawyer with the IIEC.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sarah McGregor in Nairobi at smcgregor5@bloomberg.net

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