United States threatens visa ban on sponsors of electoral violence in Anambra

The United States has said it will take action against anyone found guilty of undermining the electoral process of the Anambra governorship election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had stated that it would conduct the elections despite fears surrounding the conduct of the November 6 election. 

In a statement on Wednesday, the US said visa restriction may be placed on those found guilty of disrupting the election.

The US says it will be monitoring the exercise, adding that the country is looking forward to a peaceful and transparent governorship poll in the state.

“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,” the statement said.

“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.”