Women in one Kenyan town say they will deny their husbands sex to get them to the polls and voting for their chosen candidate in the upcoming do-over presidential vote on Thursday. Uhuru Kenyatta won the August election with 54 percent, but his victory was overturned by the Supreme Court after his opponent, loser Raila Odinga, claimed the results were hacked. Scores of women in the city of Nyeri , population ,, will withhold sex unless their husbands vote for Kenyatta, according to reports from Kenyan media. Women are hoping they can sway the outcome of this election in a country where women make up just 19 percent of Parliament. Sex striking before elections has become a common practice in Kenya, including one in that sought to get political leaders to work together. Before the August election, a Kenyan lawmaker encouraged women to take part in a sex ban until their husbands registered to vote. Deny them sex until they show you their voter's card.
The move will attempt to succeed where other peace-building measures have failed to end months of deadlock which threaten to plunge the country into another explosive crisis. It was announced by the Women's Development Organisation, which plans to approach the wives of both President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, the prime minister, to take part. The organisation's chairman, Rukia Subow, said that she hopes that the boycott will put pressure on men to persuade politicians and their supporters to speed up efforts to break the deadlock. Togo women's group calls for week long sex strike. Allies of both Mr Kibaki and Mr Odinga have accused their opponents of political infighting over the spoils of last year's post-election power sharing agreement.
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Eyder Peralta. Kenyan parliamentarian Mishi Mboko, shown here on Jan. That means the major political parties and coalitions have begun their get-out-the-vote schemes. The ruling Jubilee Party had fireworks and confetti , and the newly minted opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance or NASA, decided to send supporters knocking on doors in search of millions of new voters. Mishi Mboko, an opposition member of Parliament in the NASA coalition, has a less conventional idea to encourage new voters: Women in areas where the opposition holds sway should refuse to have sex with their spouses unless they register to vote. Deny them sex until they show you their voter's card. Now, the tactic is not new. Back in , women's rights groups in Kenya called for a weeklong sex strike to try to get then-President Mwai Kibaki and then-Prime Minister Raila Odinga to make peace and save a fragile coalition government. In Liberia, women went on a sex strike in the early s as the country's civil war came to an end.