UK joins U.S. in kicking against Edo, Ondo election violence

The UK has joined the US in sanctioning of punishment on individuals who will engage in any form violent act in the coming Edo and Ondo states' election
Ernest Sunday

The United Kingdom has stated that it will be punishing individuals who will cause any act of violence in the upcoming 2020 election in Edo and Ondo states in Nigeria.

The statement comes after the United States imposed a visa restriction as a punishment on individuals who caused violence in the past election held in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

The UK's punishment was revealed in a statement via tweeter saying that the state in support of democracy in Nigeria will not condone any form of the violent act in the upcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states and will be punishing any offenders.

“As a friend and partner of Nigeria we are closely following the lead up to the off-cycle governorship elections in Edo and Ondo's states scheduled for September 19 and October 10 respectively,” the statement read.

“These elections are important, both as an essential element of effective governance within both states and an indicator of the strength of Nigeria’s democratic institutions.”

"Our High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has held meetings with the leaders of the two main political parties, the APC and PDP.

"The discussion focused on the need for the parties' leaders to prevail on supporters to avoid violence before and after the elections and we welcome the Edo candidates' signature to the National Peace Committee, and INEC convened peace accord today.

"We will be deploying observation missions to both the Edo and Ondo elections and supporting civil society led observation.

"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.

"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.

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