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GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW PRISONERS VOTE IN 2012 ELECTIONS

President John Evans Ata Mills says government will implement the Supreme Court directive to allow prisoners the right to exercise their voting right during national elections.

He stated that his government will support the Electoral Commission to enable them put in place the necessary facilities to give prisoners the opportunity to exercise their rights.

President Mills made the promise when he commissioned the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison, which has space to house 2,000 inmates.

The President also cut sod for the second phase of the project meant to house the training workshops, a chapel and a mosque.           

President Mills also lauded the Kufuor Administration for its contribution to the completion of the prison.

The Interior Minister, Benjamin Kumbour stated that the construction of the prison will help ease congestion at the various prisons.

He challenged the Ghana Prison Service to respect the human rights of prisons in line with UN Human Rights Charter.

The Acting Director-General of the Ghana Prisons Service, Mr. Michael Kofi Bansah says officers have already been transferred to the new prison to oversee the intake of prisoners.

Mr Bansah assures the public that the Ghana Prisons Service will respect and uphold the rights of the prisoners.

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November 9, 2011 - Posted by | SETTING THE NEWS AGENDA

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