Political Will Is Very Necessary For Constitutional Reforms – NCCE

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Mr. Kenneth Kponor with ohers
Mr. Kenneth Kponor with ohers

As part of its activities, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) marked the 30th Anniversary of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana with a series of activities.

This year, one such activity is the engagement with the Security Services in the regional capitals under the theme: “After Three Decades of Democratic Rule Under the 1992 Constitution: Revisiting the Agenda for Constitutional Reforms”.

The Volta Regional Director of the NCCE, Mr. Kenneth Kponor, encouraged the staff of the Security Service to join in the discourse on the need or otherwise of revisiting the constitutional review process that was abandoned over a decade ago.

Mr. Kponor retreated that one of the cardinal points upholding the 1992 Constitution is Citizens’ Participation or Popular Participation.

He added that no democracy could really thrive without citizen’s participation and the 92.6% approval in the 1992 Referendum was a clear indication that the 1992 Constitution is ‘The Peoples Constitution’.

“30 years down the line, the indications are flawless to reconsider the path of Constitutional Reforms necessary to place Ghana on a higher pedestal as a beacon of democracy and developmentin Africa”, he remarked.
Mr. Kenneth Kponor points out that the Constitution has made provisions to amend both the entrenched and non-entrenched clauses as contained in Chapter 25 of the Constitution.

He said political will is paramount when it comes to Constitutional Amendment, and the commitment of political leadership is vital to have an effective and efficient Constitutional Amendment.

The leadership of the Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Prison Service, Ghana Immigration Service, and Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, to mention a few, were pleased to participate in this year’s engagement in the Volta Region.

The NCCE started the Annual Constitution Week Celebration in 2001, and the celebration is marked from the weeks preceding the 28th of April to commemorate the Referendum that gave birth to the 1992 Constitution.

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