Should prisoners be allowed to vote?

MULTAN: The recent information regarding former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz that the two will not be able to vote is a point of interest. The deadline for inmates’ voting registration has passed and hence, the two will not be voting. However, the real question that arises is if the two persons really should have the right to vote, having done all the wrong that they could do when they were in power. Should a man who did so much harm to Pakistan be given the right to decide its future? Then there is the question of prisoner having voting right. There has already been much debate on this particular issue. Many voters believe that prisoners convicted of crimes and receiving a custodial sentence should not have the right to vote. Those who have committed wrong should not be allowed to vote till the time they have completed their jail terms, be it former leaders or the common people.

Emad Zafar

Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2018.

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