The embargo on the Waitangi Tribunal decision on prisoner voting has just expired.
We won on all arguments advanced as to why the ban must be repealed.
The Government must act now before our moral authority in international forums is further eroded. Decision here, feel free to share as widely as possible.
The Waitangi Tribunal is urging the Government to overturn the prisoner voting ban, with a mind to empowering Māori.
Voting rights for New Zealand prisoners have varied significantly through history.
The most recent law change, enacted in 2010, removed their right to register and vote in elections.
In a letter sent to a handful of Labour MPs, deputy chairperson Judge Patrick Savage explained that current legislation didn’t comply with the Crown’s Treaty of Waitangi obligations and that urgent change was needed.
Arthur Taylor is TDBs Prisoner Rights blogger