Ghana’s security is currently under threat following recent concerns over the proliferation of over 1.1 million unregistered weapons in the country.
A parliamentary briefing paper by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation warns that even though Ghana’s security is boosting efforts to clamp down on the proliferation of small arms, there remain the highest possibility of civil war in the country ahead of the 2016 general election. According to the report, small arms may be used throughout the election cycle – before, during and after elections stating that activities before elections such as voter registration and compilation of a credible voters’ register are affected by the abuse of small arms.
Unscrupulous persons intimidate prospective voters with small arms during voter registration; hence prospective voters for fear fail to turn up for registration. Supporters of political parties tend to arm themselves against one another as a response to the suspicion that their opponents may be armed and violent, the report reveals.