"Make Constitutional Review Exercise about the Future, not the Past" Prof, Gyimah-Boadi
The Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, (CDD-Ghana) Prof. Gyimah-Boadi, has called on the Constitutional Review Commission, (CRC) to use the constitutional review exercise to address the future and not as a vehicle for punishing past wrongs.
Prof. Gyimah-Boadi said such a view of the review process will enable the Commission to make recommendations aimed at entrenching the country’s democratic gains.
Professor Gyimah-Boadi made these observations when the National Constitutional Review Coalition, under the auspices of CDD-Ghana, presented research findings on the constitutional review exercise to the Commission in Accra.
He appealed to the Commission to exercise utmost care in considering issues related to the transitional provisions since the research findings reveal sharp divisions along political and regional lines.
Prof. Gyimah-Boadi also noted that the call to change Ghana’s electoral system from the First past-the-post (FPTP) to a proportional representation system is ill-informed. He said in spite of the challenges associated with the First-past-the-post system, it has successfully delivered two alternate governments and provided relative political stability since 1992. He said the proportional representation system will weaken citizen-legislator accountability as it allows legislators to be handpicked by political parties and not directly by their constituents.
He attributed the protracted political polarisation of the country’s democracy to the excessive powers the constitution confers on the President which makes him the sole manager of unlimited state resources.
Other presenters from the Center included Prof. Henry Prempeh, CDD Board Member and a constitutional expert and Daniel Armah-Attoh, a Senior Programs Officer.
The Center presented copies of its publications on constitutional reforms to the Commission.