Fears that prisoners in the UK will simply run off after posting their voting slip in the ballot box have forced the Government to re-think proposals to give inmates the vote.
‘We have concerns that some prisoners may not be entirely trustworthy,’ said Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke. ‘Many of them have a history of breaking the rules, and we worry that they may not return to jail after exercising their democratic right. Perhaps we should make them promise not to run away before we let them out.’
However, trials have suggested that prisoners might not abscond, with one inmate closing the door of the voting booth behind him, laying on the floor and staring up at the ceiling for the next 18 hours as an angry queue of voters formed outside.
MPs serving prison sentences are also not expected to pose a risk as they are unlikely to participate in the democratic process without the prospect of financial gain.