UK Government Reveals Sanction for Electoral Violence Perpetrators As It Vows To Monitor Nigerian Elections

By Damilare Adeleye

The United Kingdom has declared support for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its efforts to ensure free, fair and credible elections in 2023.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, while speaking to the press on Saturday, assured that the UK would monitor the elections closely.

The Commissioner also revealed that the UK government would use its visa programme to punish whoever is involved in electoral violence either directly or indirectly.

She said, “I should say we always say that each election alongside our U.S partners that we will have eyes on; we will be monitoring this election closely on the ground and through other means.

“And if we understand that an individual has been involved in violence, either directly or through inciting violence, we can use our visa programme to ensure that that person is not allowed to travel to the UK”.

Laing further expressed hope that with the new electoral law which she said was supported by the UK government, will make 2023 elections free and fair.