The United States won't be granting visas to persons who rig Anambra election

Family members of riggers could be denied visas as well.

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and President Joe Biden of the United States of America (Premium Times)

The United States has vowed to punish politicians, individuals or groups of persons in Nigeria who undermine the democratic process during the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.

Visa restrictions is on the cards for perpetrators of violence and rigging during the vote, the statement from the U.S. 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,” the U.S. says.

“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,” the statement adds.

The United States threatened to mete out similar sanctions against election riggers in Nigeria in previous state and national votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have expressed readiness ahead of an election that has been overshadowed by secessionist agitations in the southeastern region.

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