|Response to High Court's judgment on temporary suspension order
In response to media enquiries about the High Court's judgment today (March 11) on the grant of a temporary suspension order in relation to prisoners' voting right, a spokesman for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said:
"We are carefully studying the judgment and will consider the way forward in consultation with the Department of Justice.
"Meanwhile, the Administration will continue to conduct the public consultation on the policy options for relaxing the restrictions on prisoners' voting right and on the practical voting arrangements for prisoners and remanded persons.
"Taking into account the court's judgment and the outcome of the public consultation, we will introduce into the Legislative Council amendments to the relevant disqualification provisions under the Legislative Council Ordinance and other electoral legislation soonest possible. This is to provide a consistent and integral legal framework to cover prisoners' voting right in all public elections."
Ends/Wednesday, March 11, 2009