Over 50,000 prisoners make history by voting

Prisoners across the country’s correctional centers are voting for the first time in Kenya’s electoral history. Several prisoners from the Maralal GK prison in Samburu County who cast their vote at their polling station just outside the prison walls expressed their gratitude for being allowed to exercise their democratic right. Close to 55, 000 prisoners in the country are participating in the general election with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission having made provisions to accommodate the 118 prison facilities. Some of the prisoners who spoke after casting their ballots urged all registered voters to turn up in large numbers to elect leaders of their choice. A non-governmental organization dubbed Reformist Crime Kwetu Si Poa led by George Avuko, a former convict at Kamiti Maximum Prison, called on the youth across the country to vote wisely and desist from violence during and after the polls.