CDD Disassociates itself from Media Reports Linking the Center to the CRC recommendation on the Removal of the Transitional Provisions in the 1992 Constitution
The Center wishes to state categorically that it has taken no such position and considers any attempt to remove the transitional provisions at this time as reckless.
The Center wishes to use this opportunity to restate its position on the transitional provisions. CDD-Ghana strongly believes that Ghanaians should look beyond the past into the future in thinking about an appropriate framework for governing Ghana. Indeed, despite the presence of the transitional provisions in our Constitution over the last 18 years, Ghana continues to make great strides as a democratic nation. Furthermore, through the National Reconciliation Process some of the public anguish on these issues have been allayed, though significant steps remain to be taken to complete the healing and reconciliation process.
This official position of the Center has been communicated to the CRC, published on our website, http://www.cddghana.org/news.aspx?news=206 and reported in several other online, radio, TV and print media reports.
Even when a CDD survey on popular opinions on selected proposals for amendment of the Constitution confirmed majority support for the removal of the indemnity clause, CDD cautioned against the uncritical adoption of this popular view.
Lastly, the Center wishes to reiterate its call to the media and the general public to focus attention on reforms and amendments that seek to make Ghana a better governed and prosperous country rather than exploit divisions and differences for dubious and unproductive ends. The Center calls on all well-meaning Ghanaians to continue to see the Constitutional Review process to be an enterprise about the Present and Future, Not About The Past.
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana)
Date: November 29, 2011