Tuesday, December 7

We’ll monitor Anambra election closely, sanction electoral offenders — US

Ahead of the November 6, Anambra state governorship election, the United States has warned against electoral violence during the exercise.

The US  vowed sanctions,  which include visa restrictions on anyone and their families instigating violence in the poll.

Handing the warning on Wednesday, the US said it will be paying close attention to the electoral process in the state and looks forward to a peaceful and transparent poll that will accurately reflect the will of the people.

The Mission in a statement titled, ‘Statement on the upcoming Anambra elections,’ called on citizens, electoral officials, party members, and security force personnel to do their part in ensuring a credible and secure electoral process.

The statement read, “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.

“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.

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“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.

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

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