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Vote Buying Attracts Fine or Five Years in Prison

The government of Malawi has passed a law that bans politicians from vote buying or soliciting for votes from voters using cash or other incentives as the country prepares for a major poll in May next year.

The Political Parties Act came into law on Saturday and will see candidates convicted of improperly swaying the electorate face fines of up to $13,600 (10 million kwacha) or five years in prison.

Campaign materials like posters, leaflets and clothing will be exempt from the new law.

The people of Malawi will be electing a new set of leaders in the Presidential, Parliamentary and council elections in May and politicians have been known to secure votes with cash and other gift items before the election day or on the day of elections.

A political scientist Henry Chingaipe from the University of Malawi told AFP journalists that this new law on voting buying will help clean politics.

Credit: The East African

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