Bribes Thai style
Guess what a politician is being accused of handing out to elderly male voters in that Asian country?
BANGKOK, Thailand - Vote-buying is an old practice in Thai politics, but one candidate for December's Thai election has reportedly come up with a new tactic -- handing out Viagra instead of cash.That's unfair! How is one supposed to know if these bribes gave the candidate a boost at the
The allegation, made Thursday by a campaign worker against a rival party, comes as rules about handing out favors to voters have become stricter than ever, barring even the distribution of free T-shirts and soft drinks.
Sayan Nopcha, a campaigner for the People's Power Party in Pathum Thai province just north of Bangkok, said the drug used to treat sexual dysfunction in men was being distributed to elderly male voters at social functions.
Viagra is supposed to be used only on a doctor's advice, but is generally available over the counter in Thailand.
"The politician is giving out Viagra to gain popularity and votes," said Sayan, a local government official whose older brother is the PPP candidate. "I think this is a very bad way of vote-buying."
He would not identify the candidate who allegedly handed out the pills.
Note- This all could be bs. It's an accusation being made by one party against the other. That doesn't mean the news can't be funny.
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