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Amending the Constitution of Ghana: Is the Imperial President Trespassing?

Amending the Constitution of Ghana: Is the Imperial President Trespassing? RECENT DEVELOPMENTS – ACTUALITÉS AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION OF GHANA: IS THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENT TRESPASSING? STEPHEN KWAKU ASARE ∗ and H. KWASI PREMPEH ∗∗ I. INTRODUCTION In January 2010, Ghana’s President John Atta Mills appointed a commission to review and propose amendments to the country’s current constitution, in force since 1993. 1 The ‘constitutional instrument’ establishing the commission tasked the nine-member body2 to: Ascertain from the people of Ghana, their views on the operation of the constitution, and in particular its strength and weaknesses, articulate the concerns of the people on amendments that might be required for a comprehensive review and make recommendations to government for consideration.3 A Ministry of Justice document setting forth the administration’s agenda for constitutional reform identifies about forty specific provisions4 and omissions in the constitution as likely candidates for review and amendment, and the commission is directed to consider these pre-identified issues in its review.5 By ∗ ∗∗ 1 2 College of Business, University of Florida. School of Law, Seton Hall University. Constitutional Instrument 2010 (C.I. 64). The commission is chaired by an emeritus professor of public law. Its membership includes two chiefs, four lawyers (including a prominent member of the leading opposition party, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African Journal of International and Comparative Law Edinburgh University Press

Amending the Constitution of Ghana: Is the Imperial President Trespassing?

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2010
Subject
Recent Developments – Actualités; African Studies
ISSN
0954-8890
eISSN
1755-1609
DOI
10.3366/ajicl.2010.0004
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Abstract

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS – ACTUALITÉS AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION OF GHANA: IS THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENT TRESPASSING? STEPHEN KWAKU ASARE ∗ and H. KWASI PREMPEH ∗∗ I. INTRODUCTION In January 2010, Ghana’s President John Atta Mills appointed a commission to review and propose amendments to the country’s current constitution, in force since 1993. 1 The ‘constitutional instrument’ establishing the commission tasked the nine-member body2 to: Ascertain from the people of Ghana, their views on the operation of the constitution, and in particular its strength and weaknesses, articulate the concerns of the people on amendments that might be required for a comprehensive review and make recommendations to government for consideration.3 A Ministry of Justice document setting forth the administration’s agenda for constitutional reform identifies about forty specific provisions4 and omissions in the constitution as likely candidates for review and amendment, and the commission is directed to consider these pre-identified issues in its review.5 By ∗ ∗∗ 1 2 College of Business, University of Florida. School of Law, Seton Hall University. Constitutional Instrument 2010 (C.I. 64). The commission is chaired by an emeritus professor of public law. Its membership includes two chiefs, four lawyers (including a prominent member of the leading opposition party,

Journal

African Journal of International and Comparative LawEdinburgh University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2010

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