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Anambra election: We are watching – US threatens visa restriction on troublemakers

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Anambra election: We are watching – US threatens visa restriction on troublemakers
Anambra election: We are watching – US threatens visa restriction on troublemakers

The United States, US, government has said it’s paying close attention to Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State.

It vowed sanctions and visa restrictions on those behind violence during and after the election.

The US Embassy, in a statement on Wednesday, said the visa restrictions would be extended to family members of those who perpetrate violence.

In the statement titled: ‘Statement on the upcoming Anambra elections,’ the US government urged residents, electoral officers, and political stakeholders to ensure credible, free and fair elections.

The statement reads, “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.

“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.”