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UK govt threatens to ban politicians involved in election malpractices


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Ahead of the governorship elections in Ondo and Edo States, the UK Government has threatens to ban politicians who engage in election malpractices.

In a statement issued, the UK Government said that it will continue to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the police and all other agencies towards delivering free, fair and credible elections

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“The UK takes a strong stand against election-related violence and, just as we did in the general election in 2019, will continue to take action against individuals we identify as being responsible for violence during the elections.

“This could include restrictions on their eligibility to travel to the UK, restrictions on access to UK based assets or prosecution under international law.

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“The UK will continue to provide support and engagement as we move towards these elections. We urge INEC, the Police and all other agencies involved to work together to deliver free, fair and credible elections,” it read in part.

The statement also confirmed a meeting between the UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, and members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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This comes hours after the United States placed a visa ban on politicians who engaged in election malpractices.