Ondo guber election: US restates visa ban for violators of democratic process

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The United States of America has reiterated its commitment to a free, fair and inclusive election in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State.

The US also said it was committed to entrenching violence-free elections on the continent of Africa.

In a statement released by the US government and signed by Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, the US said it would watch closely the actions of individuals who interfered in the democratic process and would not hesitate to consider consequences.
It also stated that Visa restriction would be placed on those responsible for election-related violence.
The statement explained that elections were not only important in Africa but for defenders of democracy around the world.

“We believe all sides should participate peacefully in the democratic process. Repression and intimidation have no place in democracies,” it said.

The US said rights of electorate should be respected during elections as they were pivotal to democracy, stressing that the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression and association was at the heart of a functioning democracy.

The US said that as partners to nations in Africa, it cared about democracy in Africa and would work with international and regional partners.

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