Price to Bribe a Vote in Afghan Elections

In a report by the New York Times, the average price that people sell their votes in provinces in Afghanistan range from $1 to $18.

In Helmand and Khost province, the average price that people ask for in order for their vote in elections is $5 to $6. In Kunduz, the price for a vote was quoted as $15. The highest price for a vote was in Ghazni Province, where a vote could be bought for $18. The lowest cost was in Kandahar, where people sell their votes for $1.

Half the population in Afghanistan live on less than one dollar a day, reports the Times.

(Bribes paid out worldwide.)

Source:  Rod Nordland, “Afghan Votes Come Cheap, and Often in Bulk,” New York Times, September 17, 2010.

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