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US warns against violence in Anambra election, threatens sanctions

The United States government says it 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 governorship elections in Anambra state.

A statement by the US Embassy in Abuja says it 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 explains that the United States will not hesitate to consider consequences including visa restrictions for those found to be responsible for election-related violence or undermining the democratic process.

It says Under the U.S. immigration law, certain violations also may lead to restrictions on family members.

It call on citizens, electoral officials, party members, and security force personnel to do their part in ensuring a credible and secure electoral process.

Reporting by Hamza Alkali, Editing by Omotola Oguneye