Date of the report
Author(s)Civil Society for the Penal System (CISST) / Other confidential sources

Right to vote

Untried prisoners are allowed to vote

Yes

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2019
/ Civil Society in the Penal System (CISST)

Convicted people are allowed to vote

according to their sentence

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2019
/ Civil Society in the Penal System (CISST)

Prisoners convicted with intentional crime can not vote. Prisoners sentenced with negligent offenses are entitled to vote. People who are sentenced with a crime but not asked to resign to a prison institution have the right to vote as well.

When were inmates granted the right to vote in prison?

1995

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/ Civil Society in the Penal System (CISST)

Until 1995 prisoners were not entitled to vote, whether they are on trial or sentenced with a crime.

With an amendment on the Constitution, the right to vote of prisoners who are not sentenced with a final judgement was regulated. Another amendment on 2001, stipulated the right to vote for prisoners who were convicted with a crime of negligence. Final regulation was enforced after the judgement, Söyler v. Turkey, of European Court of Human Rights, on 2013. The applicant claimed that his rights protected under article 3 of the Protocol 1 to the Convention were violated since he was not allowed to vote even after he was released. The Court ruled in the favor of the applicant and within the following months Supreme Committee of Elections ruled that all released individuals and those who are sentenced with a final judgement yet not required to submit themselves to a penal institution, are entitled to vote.

Prisoners cast their votes

in prison

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2019
/ Civil Society in the Penal System (CISST)

There is no legal ground or practice showing that some prisons are excluded from the elections. Nevertheless, elections in prisons is not monitored by CİSST.

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2019
/ Civil Society in the Penal System (CISST)

Inmates are able to vote in privacy

Yes

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2019
/ Civil Society in the Penal System (CISST)

According to law, all citizens use their right to vote in privacy. CİSST did not receive any violation claims within the last three years.

CİSST did not receive any violation claims within the last three years.

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