As South Koreans go to the polls on Wednesday, prosecutors, yesterday, claimed that elderly men were allegedly given erectile dysfunction drugs to buy their votes in legislative elections.
According to a spokesman for Suwon Prosecutors’, who announced the investigation into the suspected breach, the alleged vote-buying took place in Suwon, 30 kilometers south of Seoul.
“We have yet to verify the allegations. If confirmed, this could constitute a breach of election law,” he said.
Vote-buying in South Korea carries a sentence of up to five years in prison or a fine of 10 million won ($8,750).
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.