US govt denies visa restrictions on INEC chairman, commissioners, others

US govt denies visa restrictions on INEC chairman, commissioners, others

- The US government says it has not placed visa restrictions on INEC and its officials

- Sources within INEC say the report was not true and could have been planted to embarrass the electoral body

- Interestingly, a high ranking official of the electoral body is right now in the US on official duties

The United States embassy in Abuja has denied reports that the US government has placed a visa restriction on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and some commissioners of the electoral body.

A source at the embassy told reporters in Abuja on Thursday, August 22 that that news is false as none of such directive has been given.

“The US government refuses to be drawn into any attempt to malign the INEC over the 2019 elections as issues arising from the election are still in court,” the source said.

The source also confirmed that quite a number of INEC commissioners were recently granted visas to the US.

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Sources within INEC also confirmed that the report was not true and hinted that it could have been planted to embarrass the electoral body

“This is a lie. We don’t understand why people will go this length to spread false information,” a source within the commission said.

The source said confirmed that INEC commissioner Amina Zakary who was mentioned in the report as banned from entering the US just returned from the country a few days ago while another high ranking official of the electoral body is right now in the US on official duties.

Meanwhile, the petition by Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been described by INEC in its final submission as a waste of time.

INEC, represented by its lawyer, Yunsu Usman (SAN), prayed the Presidential Election Petition Court to dismiss the petition by Atiku and the opposition party.

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