Supreme Court Allows Inmates to Vote in the Upcoming Election for Proportional Representation

  June 28, 2022 By: INSEC

The Supreme Court has insured voting for the inmates in the proportional representation in the upcoming election of the House of Representatives.

The writ was filed by Nishant Pokhrel and Pradiksha KC, students of Kathmandu School of Law and its first hearing was held on June 24, 2022, by the single bench of Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla. The court issued an interim order to manage the voting rights of the inmates after the hearing.

Justice Malla also ordered the Government to collect the name list of the voters on June 27, 2022. The inmates will be allowed to vote for the candidates of the proportional representation.

During the Constituent Assembly Elections of 2064 and 2070, the names of employees of government offices, local bodies or organizations owned or controlled by the Government of Nepal, military or police barracks or Maoist combatants in temporary camps, inmates in prisons or detainees were included in the temporary voter list.

The hearing mentioned Article 17 (2) (A) of the Constitution which guaranteed freedom of thought and expression and does not automatically suspend or reject all fundamental rights while being jailed. The Supreme Court has asked to make arrangements for the inmates for proportional voting.

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Bimal Paudel