'Electile dysfunction' grips poll-bound South Korea

Charges against a candidate are being probed in the sex-pills-for-votes scam

Seoul: Elderly men in South Korea have allegedly been given erectile dysfunction drugs to buy their votes in legislative elections, prosecutors said yesterday, announcing an investigation into the suspected breach.

South Koreans go to the polls today. The alleged vote buying took place in Suwon, 30 kilometres south of the capital Seoul. “We have yet to verify the allegations. If confirmed, this could constitute a breach of election law,” said the spokesman for Suwon Prosecutors’ Office. Vote-buying in South Korea carries a sentence of up to five years in prison or a fine of 10 million won (R5.79 lakh).

Erectile dysfunction drugs are a prescription medication in South Korea and prosecutors will investigate how the unnamed candidate was allegedly in possession of so many, the Dong-A Ilbo daily said. Anyone found guilty of vote-buying risks being stripped of their election victory, while voters face fines of up to 50 times the value of the cash or gift they received in return for supporting the candidate.

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