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Politics of Thursday, 4 November 2021


The U.S. will punish persons who rig Anambra election

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and President Joe Biden of the United States of America (Premi President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and President Joe Biden of the United States of America (Premi

The United States says it will punish politicians, individuals, or groups of persons from Nigeria who attempt or are known to rig the upcoming governorship election in Anambra State.

With the elections slated for Saturday, November 6, 2021, all eyes will be set on the democratic process in one of the key states in Eastern Nigeria.

The lead-up to the elections has been rough with the Indigenous People of Biafra threatening to cause havoc during the polls.

According to a statement from the U.S., Visa restrictions are on the cards for perpetrators of violence and rigging during the vote.

“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.