USA supports INEC in BVAS, threatens visa ban for voter fraudsters | The Guardian Nigeria News

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The United States (US) has threatened sanctions, including visa restrictions, against anyone who interferes with the democratic process or incites violence in the 2023 general election.

The US has also championed the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and electronic transmission of voting results.

US Embassy Nigeria Political Advisor Rolf Olson delivered the warning on behalf of the US government at the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Association’s annual seminar on “Promoting Electoral Integrity in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges” in Abuja yesterday .

However, Olson maintained that the US has no candidate in the upcoming election while supporting all efforts to ensure the integrity of the 2023 election.

Recall that the US government imposed visa restrictions on some individuals for their actions during the Kogi and Bayelsa elections in November 2019 and in the run-up to the Edo and Ondo elections in September and October 2020.

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