Foreign Ministry Urges Amendments to Enfranchise Prisoners ({{commentsTotal}})

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet has sent Rait Maruste, the head of the Parliament's Constitutional Committee, a letter saying that national legislation governing general elections should be changed to allow prisoners to vote.

Citing a European Court of Human Rights ruling that forbids absolute bans on prisoner voting, Paet said that changes must be made immediately to the Riigikogu Election Act, as the European Parliament and Parliament elections are around the corner on May 25 this year and March 1, 2015 respectively, Delfi reported today.

None of the three election acts, for Parliament, local and EP elections, in Estonia allow prisoners to vote regardless of the length of the sentence and the nature of the crime.