Iraqi detainees eligible to vote in Oct. 15 constitutional referendum

Iraqi detainees eligible to vote in Oct. 15 constitutional referendum

[JURIST] The Iraqi Electoral Commission [official website] announced Monday that Iraqi prisoners will be allowed to vote in the upcoming constitutional referendum [JURIST news archive]. Officials told reporters that ballot boxes will be sent to area prisons, and all Iraqi detainees that have not been convicted of a crime will be eligible to vote; this includes ex-president Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. The announcement comes on the heels of the government's efforts to encourage voter turn-out and condemn Sunni calls for a boycott [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.