From January to the end of October this year, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) early warning system records captured 80 armed robbery cases in Ghana.
During the period under review, there were 69 murders, 93 road accidents, 24 abductions including kidnappings, 20 flood cases, 12 violent demonstrations and 18 illegal mining cases that turned violent.
Mr Vincent Azumah, the West Africa Regional Coordinator, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, WANEP, made this known on Tuesday at the launch of the “Strengthening Early Warning and Conflicts Response During Ghana Elections” Project and Project Inception Meeting with National Leadership of Political Parties and Stakeholders in Accra.
“This level of violence in the country which is being contained at the moment can degenerate too far more volatile levels if we allow our elections to become another source of violence instead of an avenue to trade ideas on national issues and to select the best leaders for Ghana,” Mr Azumah said.
The “Strengthening Early Warning and Conflicts Response During Ghana Elections” Project, is particularly designed to strengthen the WANEP National Early Warning Systems (NEWS) and also aimed at enhancing the capacity of civil society and relevant state institutions to promote human security, conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
It is being funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI).
Mr Azumah said the West Africa Region had been bedevilled with a number of peace and security challenges.
He said key among these challenges were organized crime and violent extremism, gender, peace and security, environmental security, democracy and governance; adding that “Ghana is not and has not been immune to these challenges.”
Mr Azumah said in the Northern parts of Ghana, there had been a growing influx of refugees fleeing extremist attacks in Burkina Faso.
He said from January to June 2019, over 2000 Burkinabe refugees; mostly women and children had been registered and settled in communities in the Upper West Region.
The Regional Coordinator said Ghana had also seen a number of farmer herder violent conflicts leading to deaths in some cases.