Election simulation exercise

The Ghana Police Service has identified a number of areas where chaos is likely to erupt ahead of the December 7, elections.

The vicinities are categorised into key flashpoints with the Ashanti Region topping with the most districts prone to violence.

The National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons has already indicated the relevance of alertness in the country’s overall approach going into the election to ensure that acts of violence are reduced to the barest minimum.

They want these flashpoints to be adequately monitored as various political parties intensify their campaigns in a bid to secure victory in December presidential and parliamentary elections.

What to know about deployment

  1. 62,794 men to be deployed- Police, Fire Service, Prison Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and Ghana Armed Forces
  2. Security personnel will wear distinctive armbands for easy identification 
  3. BNI, CID to operate without uniforms. 
  4. Approach all polling stations as a hotspot
  5. Motorbikes not allowed within 100 meters of polling stations 
  6. Rapid Respond Units to e deployed on Standby 
  7. At least one-armed officer at each of the 33000 polling stations 
  8. What to do if you witness electoral violence Police to provide a communications channel 
  9. Response to a distress call to expected within at least 15 minutes. 

Top 4 regions with the most electoral violence flashpoints 

REGIONOut of 6178 flashpoints Out of 4O98 flashpoints 
Ashante Region975635
Central Region908537
Northern Region393287
Greater Accra Region500264

Top 3 districts in the top 4 regions prone to electoral violence 

Region Districts  Hotspots
Ashante RegionOffinso North AsawaseEffiduase/Asokore 56,5353
Central RegionAwutu Senya East Gomoa West Heman Lower Denkyira 72,6151
Northern RegionYendi Tamale Central Gushegu 55,5040
Greater Accra RegionAyawasao Central OdododiodioAblekumah  West 50,5030