September 15, 2020
The United States has said it has imposed visa restriction on some individuals who are responsible for rigging during the Kogi and Bayelsa State governorship elections in Nigeria. Pompeo said the individuals have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles in Nigeria. Both state governorship elections took place in 2019 with observers, journalists and civil society organizations adjudging them to be full of violence, voter intimidation by security forces and vote-buying.
Despite the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaring winners in the elections, opposition parties rejected the results, alleging cases of rigging and unfairness by INEC. The outcome of both elections have since then caused political parties and their candidates push for legislations to make electioneering more credible and transparent in Nigeria.