Inmates' Challenge of Election Results Rejected ({{commentsTotal}})

In October, Romeo Kalda, sentenced to life for killing a police officer, was denied the right to vote by the Supreme Court.
In October, Romeo Kalda, sentenced to life for killing a police officer, was denied the right to vote by the Supreme Court. Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

A petition signed by 140 prison inmates calling for the annulment the results of the recent local government elections in full has been rejected.

The inmates, many of them carrying out sentences for major crimes, submitted their complaint to the National Electoral Committee three days after the October 20 election. Citing international laws, the petitioners claimed that their rights had been violated because they were denied the right to vote.

The committee, on October 29, announced it would not even review the petition, saying the inmates should first have addressed county committees and administrative courts.

In response, the inmates then sent their complaint to the Estonian Supreme Court, which did not review it either.