The United States Embassy in Ghana has asked its citizens in Ghana to be alert and careful of any possible violence ahead of the Presidential and Parliamentary elections on December 7.
According to a statement by the embassy, although it has no record of planned protests, little triggers could spark violence in the polls. It has therefore warned all its citizens to be on the alert and review their personal security plans
“Exercise caution during the election process, particularly around polling locations in the weeks before and after the elections. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
“Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities,” the statement said.
The statement further stated that US citizens should desist from travelling late at night during election day and also avoid travelling to certain hotspots outside Accra.
“Embassy personnel are not permitted to travel at night outside of major cities and are encouraged to avoid the following areas outside of Accra: Upper West: Lawra, Wa Central, Upper East: Bawku, Northern: Tolon, Sagnarigu, Yendi, Volta: Nkwanta South, Hohoe, Ho Central, Adaklu, Ketu South, Western: Jomoro, Bia West, Brong Ahafo: Techiman South, Tain, Berekum West, Berekum East, and Ashanti: Bantama, Asokwa, Nhyiaeso, Manhyia North, Manhyia South, Suame, Oforikrom, and Asawase.”
Finally, the statement urged Americans travelling to or residing in Ghana to enrol in the Department of State's Smart Traveller Enrolment Program (STEP)
STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency.