- SERAP has reacted to the decision of the US to impose a visa ban on individuals for allegedly rigging elections
- The NGO has urged the international community to extend its visa ban beyond suspected election riggers
- SERAP made the demand in a tweet on Wednesday, September 16
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A non-governmental organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has reacted to the decision of the United States of America to impose a visa ban on individuals for allegedly rigging elections in Nigeria.
Legit.ng recalls that the United Kingdom has also threatened to ban anyone guilty of electoral malpractice in the forthcoming Ondo and Edo governorship elections.
However, SERAP has urged the international community to extend its visa ban beyond suspected election riggers.
The organisation in a tweet on Wednesday, September 16, said the US, UK, and the European Union (EU) should also impose a visa ban on public officials and politicians contributing to human rights violations and the attack on the rule of law.
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“BREAKING: We urge the US, UK, and EU to expand their visa ban beyond suspected election riggers to cover public officials and politicians contributing to grave human rights violations, repression of media freedom and civic space, and attack on the rule of law in Nigeria,” SERAP tweeted.
Meanwhile, Bukola Saraki has reacted to the recent visa restriction slammed on some Nigerians by the US over elections in the country.
The former Senate president during an event to mark the 2020 edition of the International Day of Democracy organised by the Centre for Advancement of Civil Liberties, hailed the US for taking a step in the right direction to deter enemies of democracy in Nigeria.
Saraki called on the UK, and the EU to follow the footsteps of the US in placing visa restriction on corrupt Nigerian politicians.
In other news, a report has claimed the list of those US slammed with the visa ban contained names of officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and some bigwigs in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the report, the list has the name of the resident electoral commissioner of INEC, three governors, academics (names withheld) who participated in general elections between 2019 and some security officials.
Similarly, prominent Nigerians, top members of APC and PDP including lawmakers were also added to the list of the electoral offenders.
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