Pressure grows on prisoner vote ban

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 April, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 April, 1995, 12:00am

PRESSURE to lift the ban on prisoners voting will be stepped up today when the Legislative Council is asked to scrap the provision along with other 'unreasonable' restrictions on qualifications of voters and candidates.

The Hong Kong Human Rights Commission will also urge the removal of the lifelong ban on people who have been convicted of treason from becoming candidates.

Spokesman Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong said the voting ban stripped offenders of basic political rights, even though they may have committed only minor crimes.

'It is unreasonable to bar them from casting their votes,' he said.

At present, the prison population in Hong Kong stands at about 12,900.

Mr Tsoi said the ban went against the Bill of Rights, which gave every resident the right to vote.