Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State, the United States has threatened to impose visa restrictions on election riggers and troublemakers in the state.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the US Mission in Nigeria said it will watch out for individuals who would interfere with the election or instigate violence against the people before, during, or after the elections.
According to the US government, visa restrictions would also be extended to family members of such politicians found guilty of undermining the democratic process.
The US government, however, demanded that the process be peaceful and transparent, with results that accurately reflect the will of the Anambra people.
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 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.”