I think that yes, Bobby Sands should have been elected to Parliament during his hunger strike. For one thing, his hunger strike wasn't so famous before his election to Parliament happened. But once it did, he was known around the world. It brought welcome attention to the Unionist and their political prisoner torture.
I do not believe Bobby Sands should have been elected to Parliament during his famous hunger strike. He instituted the strike while in jail and he died in jail due to this hunger strike. Although he won the election is presence on the ballot was merely coincidental and mainly due to the fact that another party dropped out of the election. Essentially it was a waste and didn't allow him to hold any kind of sway in Parliament and left the seat open. Since then laws have been passed to prevent prisoners who have a year or longer sentence.
No, Bobby Sands should not have been elected to Parliament during his famous hunger strike, because he wanted to be an activist, and not a leader. A person who is an activist is not taking good care of themselves. Sands needed to have stayed healthy so that he could fairly represent the people in an elective capacity.
I do not believe Bobby Sands should have been elected to Parliament during his famous hunger strike. His mental and physical states would not have been operating properly and he would have needed a long recovery time as a result of the hunger strike. He would not have been mentally or physically up to the demands of Parliament due to the hunger strike. As a convicted criminal, he would not have been eligible to have been elected, anyway.
No one can serve people in the public sector while spending time in jail. Bobby Sands's election to Parliament while he was incarcerated was probably a more symbolic gesture than anything else because his constituents knew he would be unable to perform his duties behind bars. Sands was a symbolic figure for the IRA even after his death.