A statement on the US official website signed by its Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo indicates that they support continents in the world including African countries that uphold democracy and especially in their elections. And those African nations that do not work toward peaceful elections the US will not delay in considering some consequences against them including visa restrictions.

Violence in general must be condemned especially in elections. Some power drank leaders instigate and orchestrate election violence just to help to rig it and continue to be on the throne illegitimately to satisfy their parochial interests at the expense of the innocents; women, children, and the citizenry at large. Most of this election-related violence is seen in Africa and so the call of the US government is just encouraging democracy in Africa and across the globe because of the devastating effects of election-related violence.

The US also supports free and fair elections where the peoples choice is respected and that anything untoward to circumvent it is discouraged.

The following is the content of the statement on the official site of the US;

The United States is committed to supporting free, fair, inclusive elections. The conduct of elections is important not only for Africans but also for defenders of democracy around the world. We believe all sides should participate peacefully in the democratic process. Repression and intimidation have no place in democracies.

The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression and association are at the heart of a functioning democracy. Adherence to these democratic norms and to the rule of law allows all citizens to engage in political dialogue and support their choice of candidates, parties, and platforms. We will watch closely the actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process and will not hesitate to consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for those responsible for election-related violence. As long-time partners to the nations of Africa, we care about the region’s democratic trajectory and are committed to working constructively with international and regional partners.


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