The Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) chairman and South Mugirango MP Hon. Omingo Magara has condemned voter bribery, adding that people should stand against the vice, which traces from the high ranking officer to the local mwananchi. He said this during the launch of a survey report on voter bribery as an election malpractice in Kenya. The survey was done in December 2016 in 10 counties, and the conclusion was that 59 percent of voters admitted that they’ve taken part in voter bribery.
Hon. Wavinya Ndeti, who is the Vice-chairperson of CMD, challenged leaders to deliver their promises so that they won’t face difficulty when they go out to campaign afterwards. She challenged voters to do away with bribes given that voter bribery is a crime and it contributes to bad leadership and influences their decisions at the ballot box.
Dr. Jan Cernivky, the country representative for Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation (KAS), the German organization in Kenya that partnered CMD in the survey, said that Kenyans are influenced by as little as Kshs. 50 either to vote for a particular leader or not to vote for that leader completely. The survey launch comes at a time when Kenyans are getting ready for the general election after completion of the Mass Voter Registration exercise.