Costa Rica inmates offered smokes for votes

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 PM ET

Prisoners in Costa Rica were given cigarettes as a reward for casting a ballot in the country's election on the weekend.

There are more than 7,000 prisoners in Costa Rica, all with the legal right to vote, InsideCostRica.com reported.

After casting their ballot for president, two vice-presidents and members of the legislative assembly, inmates received four cigarettes, the website reported.

None of the presidential candidates campaigned in prisons.

No presidential candidate received the 40% of the vote needed to win, so a run-off vote will take place April 6. It's not known if Costa Rica's prisons will again offer smokes for votes.


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