The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has delivered a strong caution to the current government for the immediate review and change of the 1992 constitution.
According to the party, it has presented documents to the Constitutional Review Commission, Constitutional Review Implementation Committee, the Presidency, the parliament, and the Council of State.
All these, they claim have not yielded any good results due to the present lack of political will by the various elected governments.
During a media briefing in Accra on Thursday, 23rd September 2021, the Executive Director of the party, Mr. Richard Nii Armah stated that the essential elements of the constitution have faded out.
“Clearly, the essential elements which also constitute our aspirations from the constitution include the blessings of liberty, equal opportunity, prosperity for the people, freedom, and justice, probity and accountability, universal adult suffrage, and stability of our great nation.
“It is evident that after three solid decades of operating this documents, a number of the aspirations have eluded the good people of Ghana,” he stated.
Richard Nii Armah again hinted that the Progressive People’s Party has outlined five (5) major sectors that need to be amended in order to see the progress of the nation.
“We would like to focus on five fundamental changes that need immediate attention to guarantee some medium of progress if Ghana is to gain any dividends in our last democratic experiment,” he said.
“Return power to the people for all Ghanaians to directly elect their district, municipal and metropolitan chief executives without any interference from the president and cancel government appointees from the District assemblies, prohibit members of parliament from being appointed as ministers of states or MPs must resign from Parliament after their ministerial appointment; Strengthen the office of the Attorney General by separating it from the Ministry of Justice; Introduce a public Declaration of Assets Regime; and Clarify the eligibility of Ghanaians in the Diaspora to hold public office,” the Executive Director, Richard Nii Armah stressed.
He, however, stated that the winner-takes-all 1992 constitution cannot sustain the county’s Democratic system beyond 2024 elections.
And this fundamental constitution needs urgent attention to be implemented.