Anambra Election: US Threatens Visa Restriction On Instigators Of Violence

By Bukar Bolori

The United States has warned that anyone who interferes with the lawful conduct of the Anambra state government or instigate violence in the South East state would be given visa restriction.

A statement on Wednesday from the US Embassy in the country said that the American government 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.

The statement added that: “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.”

The statement further explained that: “Under U.S. immigration law, certain violations also may lead to restrictions on family members.”

The statement however called 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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