– The United Kingdom and the United State disclosed it would charge any individual that tries to interfere with the coming election
– The two countries disclosed that they don’t have a preferred candidate
As Nigerians are preparing to go the polling booth come Feb. 16 for the 2019 General Election, the United States, and the United Kingdom have made some bold decisions to fight any individual or individuals that try to tamper or interfere with the electoral process.
The United States of America and the United Kingdom on Thursday made it known that there will be tough consequences for individual or group, who tries to interfere in the 2019 election.
According to the two countries, such individual or groups will be placed on travel bans which will also include the refusal to grant visas to alleged election riggers and their family members.
The United Kingdom, in addition, added that it would make sure any culprit of election violence will be persecuted under international laws.
Moreover, the United States and the United Kingdom disclosed that they will join other countries in serving as observers in the coming election.
The two countries however hinted that they don’t have a preferred presidential candidate.
This recent statement was made public in Abuja today.
Below is an extract from the statement,
“The conduct of the upcoming elections in Nigeria is important not only for Nigeria but for the African continent.
“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.”
According to the United Kingdom, it noted that it is interested in Nigeria because of the close relationship it has with the West African country.