The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) has expressed worry about the violence that characterised the just ended voters registration exercise.
The CDD says this has the potential of derailing the country’s democratic gains.
Ahead of the 2020 general elections, CDD is warning that those violent acts such as shooting, stabbing and burning of properties if not checked and dealt with could be transferred into the general elections.
Head of Security and governance at CDD Nana Kwabena Abrampah said this in a round table discussion on measures needed to ensure a violent free electoral and political environemnt through the existence of laws.
“Major violence this year was 14 and about 70% of the cases are major and this is a trend we see as dangerous because we compare to 2012 and 2016 Voters Registration exercise, we had more cases but they were minor and did not result in deaths, property burns and others but this one has recorded major cases with several properties being destroyed.”
Meanwhile Security analyst Col Festus Aboagye says he is not hopeful that Ghana will have a peaceful election due to the violence that marred the voters registration exercise.
“My personal view is that I am not hopeful, if Decemeber 7 was going to be incident free we should have used the registration process as rehearsals but it showed we are prepared to use violence of any form to achieve personal parochial interest”.
There were clashes between supporters of the NDC and NPP in the just ended voters registration exercise.
Highlited cases were the stabbing of one at Banda, the firing of gun shots by Minister for Special Dvelopment Initiative Hawa Koomson among others