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Anambra poll: US threatens visa ban on sponsors of electoral violence

Anambra poll: US threatens visa ban on sponsors of electoral violence
November 03
15:53 2021

The United States says it will not hesitate to take action against anyone found guilty of undermining the Anambra governorship election.

The governorship election in the state is billed to hold on November 6.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the US said visa restriction may be placed on those found guilty of instigating violence during or after the election.

The US said it will be monitoring the exercise and looks forward to a peaceful and transparent governorship poll in the state.

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“The United States looks forward to a gubernatorial election in Anambra State on November 6 that is peaceful and transparent, with results that accurately reflect the will of the state’s residents,” a statement by the US Mission in Nigeria reads.

“We will be paying close attention to actions of individuals who interfere with the democratic process or instigate violence against civilian populations before, during, or after the elections.

“We will not hesitate to consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for those found to be responsible for election-related violence or undermining the democratic process.

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“Under U.S. immigration law, certain violations also may lead to restrictions on family members.

“We call on citizens, electoral officials, party members, and security force personnel to do their part in ensuring a credible and secure electoral process.”

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