Sierra Leone has taken Ghana's place to be the most peaceful country in West Africa, a 2015 report by the Global Peace Index of the Institute for Economics and Peace has shown.
Ghana lost its place to Sierra Leone due to the access to small arms and light weapons, increased internal and external conflict which saw a very marginal deterioration from 1.807 in 2015, to 1.809. Mauritius was the most peaceful on the continent, followed by Botswana, Madagascar, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia and Tanzania.
As Ghana prepares for the much anticipated general elections in November, concerns of political violence, tribal conflicts between indigenes and Fulani herdsmen, smuggling of weapons and terrorism remain the most talked of. Meanwhile government through the commissioning of a counter-terrorism taskforce has assured of maximum security before, during and after the elections.