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Thursday 24 January 2019

2019 elections: There will be consequences for manipulation, violence — US, UK

2019 elections: There will be consequences for manipulation, violence  — US, UK


The United States Government and the United Kingdom have threatened to sanction anyone caught interfering with the forthcoming general elections.

In separate statements on Thursday, both countries said they would be monitoring the elections “closely” to ensure they were free and fair.

They said among the sanctions they could impose was the restriction of visas to persons caught fomenting trouble before, during and after the elections.

The United States said although it had no preferential candidate, it was interested in the election because of the importance of Nigeria to Africa.

US said, “The conduct of the upcoming elections in Nigeria is important not only for Nigeria, but for the African continent.

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“The United States government does not support any specific candidate or party in Nigeria’s upcoming elections.  The United States supports the Nigerian democratic process itself.  We support a genuinely free, fair, transparent, and peaceful electoral process.

“We, and other democratic nations, will be paying close attention to actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process or instigate violence against the civilian population 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 US immigration law, certain violations may also lead to restrictions on family members.”

The US said it was delighted at the signing of peace pacts by candidates.

The United Kingdom, in its statement, said it was committed to the growth of Nigerian democracy through free and fair elections.

It promised to deploy many observers to monitor the elections. The UK also said it would be on the lookout for the use of violence and the social media to influence the outcome of the election.

“23 days to the Presidential and National Assembly elections and 37 days to the governorship and State Assembly elections, the British High Commission in Abuja would like to reaffirm our strong support for free, fair and peaceful elections in Nigeria.

“We and our international partners remain committed supporters of Nigeria’s democracy.  We do not support any party or individual and believe that the Nigerian people should be able to choose their leaders in an environment free from hate speech and insecurity.

“We continue to provide significant support to Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission and to Nigerian civil society to help them deliver credible elections.  We also regularly engage with actors across the political spectrum to encourage them to respect electoral rules and maintain an atmosphere of peace and calm.

“We will be deploying an extensive observation mission for the forthcoming elections, including coordinating with the EU’s Election Observation Mission.  Our monitors will, in particular, be looking out for any attempts to encourage or use violence to influence the elections, including on social media.

“We would like to remind all Nigerians that where the UK is aware of such attempts, this may have consequences for individuals.  These could include their eligibility to travel to the UK, their ability to access UK based funds or lead to prosecution under international law.

“The UK is a friend and partner of Nigeria.  We hope our continued support will play a role in helping Nigeria take a further step towards consolidating the progress made since democracy returned in 1999,” the statement read.

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1 comment:

  1. We don't know if both parties are afraid of that sanctions to be given. But im pretty sure no matter what are the consequence you will be given for the election people will find or make a way just to insure their win for that position.


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