According to various reports, the MP by name, Florin Popescu handed out tonnes of fried chicken to voters in an attempt to win another term as a council leader in 2012.
As hilarious as it sounds, a Romanian politician has bagged 2 years jail sentence for bribing voters with delicious fried chicken. According to various reports, the Member of Parliament by name, Florin Popescu handed out tonnes of fried chicken to voters in an attempt to win another term as a council leader in 2012.
The MP resigned his parliamentary seat this month ahead of sentencing as he came to answer for a crime committed about four years ago.
A court in Bucharest, the country’s capital, placed the condition of no parole on the politician’s sentence and also rejected an appeal by him during the culmination of the case.
In a bid to win an election, Propescu was said to have ordered tonnes of fried, enticing chicken worth around £85,000 from a local producer. Investigators said that on April 2012, he sent campaign volunteers to collect and distribute the chicken in so many locations.
Investigators also found out that all the packages were meant for campaign purposes. After the bribery, Mr. Propescu was said to have won a seat at the national parliament, earning the nickname “chicken baron”.
However, the case emerged when the company which supplied the chicken reported the politician to the authorities. A month ago, knowing he was to face judgement this month, the ‘chicken baron’ resigned his seat in the Parliament. He had said his reason for resigning was to protect the reputation of the parliament.
On the side of humour, Ghanaian politicians are so far way from this kind of campaign strategy. Rather than distributing mouth watering packages of fried chicken, the most common strategy is that of mouth lashing and publicizing negative remarks about one another.