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Check Out US Sanctions Against Anyone That Instigates Electoral Violence During Anambra Election

3 days to the Anambra governorship election, the United States has revealed the kind of sanctions it would slam against individuals or groups instigating violence before and after the November 6 governorship poll. This is contained in a report published by the Punch on Wednesday.

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In a statement issued by the US Embassy in Abuja, the country said it will be paying close attention to the electoral process in the state and looks forward to a peaceful and transparent poll that will accurately reflect the will of the people.

The warning was coming amidst security threats being incited by pro-secession groups, the Indigenous People of Biafra, Eastern Security Network, unknown gunmen, and others. 

Recall that the secessionist groups had threatened to disrupt the election, and warned Anambra residents to observe sit-at-home starting from November 4 in the state. These security threats have raised a lot of concerns as they might affect turn out of the people during the election day. 

To have a peaceful atmosphere during the exercise, about nine candidates in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election, on Wednesday appealed to the federal government to release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra. 

They argued that the continued detention of the IPOB leader is the main reason why there is lingering insecurity in the entire southeast.

However, despite the frequent attacks by gunmen and another hoodlum to create fears across the state, the Independent National Electoral Commission and Inspector General of Police, Ahmed Akali has insisted that the poll will hold as planned.

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For the election to be well adjudged, fair, and accepted by all, the US Embassy has now read out strong penalties it is going to slam against any electoral violator during and after the election.

Visa restrictions on the violator and his family members

US Embassy said it will not hesitate to consider dire consequences – including visa restrictions – for those found to be responsible for election-related violence or undermining the democratic process. This is contained in a report published by the Punch

The statement fourth added that, under the US immigration law, certain violations may also lead to restrictions on family members. The US which vowed to pay close attention to the exercise, therefore, looked forward to seeing a peaceful and transparent election on November 6. 

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