As voter-turnout tactics go it’s a little unusual, even extreme, but a group of Nyeri women have reportedly told their menfolk that if they don’t turn out to vote for President Kenyatta in Kenya’s re-run presidential election on Thursday they will be denied sex.
“We must ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta gets all the votes from here” said a woman at a rally in support of the ban.
Sex strikes for votes, however, have happened before in Kenya with support for the action coming from both sides of the country’s political divide.
Before Kenya’s now disputed August elections, main opposition leader Raila Odinga reportedly told The Star newspaper that on the “historic day” every vote should be cast. “Men will sleep outside”, Odinga declared, “When the day comes, no man should sleep with a woman”.
Another Kenyan representative told the BBC, “It is the best. Deny them [men] sex until they show their voter’s card”.