Prisoners offered sentence reductions to vote Yes

Apr 2, 2008 (DVB), Prison authorities in Insein prison are reportedly trying to convince inmates to support the national referendum in May in exchange for an early release.

According to a family member who visited an inmate yesterday, prison authorities have told prisoners their sentences could be reduced if they agree to vote in favour of the new constitution after their release.

"They're collecting the prisoners' ID card numbers and telling them they will reduce their prison sentences if they support the national referendum after their release," the family member said.

Under the referendum law introduced in February, people serving prison terms for any offence are ineligible to vote while they are detained.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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