Vote buying is a criminal offence in Kyrgyzstan and is punishable up to 260 thousand som (3,066 dollars) and in some cases by imprisonment up to 2.5 years.
Elections are one of few tools that citizens may use to influence the country’s future. The person elected by the voters now will be ruling the country for the next five years.
But for the majority of people, it is normal to get money for their vote or to vote for a candidate who repaired the street at his/her expense. Unfortunately, this method is used by almost all participants of the election process. After voters get money from the campaign activists, they are being instructed on who to vote for and how to vote.
Then, the citizens are being threatened, after they get money, that if they vote for another candidate, it will become known (which is not true, in fact).
At the recent election to the Zhogorku Kenesh, vote buying was the most widespread. It was used by the parties as the main tool for winning votes.