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1992 Constitution must be reviewed to reflect the times – PPP


The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has reaffirmed the need to modify the 1992 Constitution in order to strengthen the country’s governing structure.

After 30 years after the 1992 Constitution’s promulgation, the party stated that a review of some areas that did not promote the country’s democratic trajectory must be revised to reflect the circumstances.


The relevant sections to be examined, according to the party, are the election of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and absolute separation of powers.

Others include the decoupling of the Attorney-General’s Office from the Ministry of Justice, the implementation of the Public Declaration of Assets Regime, and clarification of Ghanaians in the Diaspora’s ability to hold public office.

Mr Felix Mantey, the party’s Director of Communication, stated that commemorating that day would be futile unless portions of the Constitution were modified to match development goals.

He was speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Cape Coast on the annual observance of National Constitution Day on January 7.

The purpose of the Day is to commemorate the entry into effect of Ghana’s 1992 constitution and the long-term viability of the Fourth Republic.

To support his position, he stated that Article 243, which deals with the election of MMDCEs, should be examined to prevent misuse by the government.

This will avoid misuse of authority in addressing the difficulty of appointing the majority of ministers from Parliament.

He said that this will create a clear separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government and assist Parliament in carrying out its oversight responsibilities over the executive.

Mr Mantey also advocated for a separation of the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney-General’s Office.

Mr Mantey emphasized the need of publicly declaring one’s holdings and liabilities before and after holding and leaving public office in order to aid the fight against corruption.

He stated that the Constitution Review Commission (CRC), a Presidential Commission of Inquiry established in January 2010, invited public input on the operation of the 1992 Constitution and the necessary modifications.

The Commission was also entrusted with presenting a draft bill for constitutional modification; nevertheless, he voiced dissatisfaction that successive administrations had failed to follow the CRC’s recommendations.

“The massive amount of money invested in the Constitutional Review exercise must not be allowed to go waste.

“It shall remain a scar on the conscience of right-thinking Ghanaians if these fundamental changes and many other brilliant recommendations contained in the CRC’s report continue to gather dust,” he added.



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