Friday, July 16, 2010
Constitution Review Commission Phase II
Posted on: www.dailyguideghana.com
By William Yaw Owusu
Friday July 16, 2010
THE CONSTITUTION Review Commission (CRC) set up by government to recommend possible ways of amending the 1992 Republican Constitution has said it is switching to the next phase of its consultation process.
A news release issued in Accra and signed by Professor Albert K. Fiadjoe, Chairman of the CRC said “the Commission also wishes to advertise its follow-up consultations calendar as follows: Round Two Community and District Consultations (July-September 2010), Regional Consultations (August-September 2010), Regional Mini Consultations (August-September 2010) , National Mini Consultations (August-September) and The National Constitution Review Conference (January 2011)”
The release said “The immediate consultative activity on the commission’s calendar is the follow-up to Community and District Consultations. These will take place in all communities in Ghana and are meant to ensure that persons who were unable to attend any of the Community and District Consultations conducted between April and June this year will have the opportunity to meet officials of the Commission, learn about its work and make input to the constitution review process.”
According to the release, the CRC commenced its first round of public consultations on April 19, 2010 and ended on June 30, 2010 adding “these consultations were held at the Community and District levels and covered all 170 administrative Districts of Ghana including Bawku, Yendi and Biakoye, which recently experienced a number of conflicts.”
“Throughout the consultations, citizens participated actively and in their numbers in learning about the Constitution and its operation. This was done through discussing issues surrounding the Constitution and making submissions for a review.”
It said submissions made were received orally, in writing and electronically. Submissions so far received by the Commission number roughly 30,000.
The Commission expressed its profound gratitude to all who have made submissions to it and participated in the various consultations.
It also commended officials of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies; officials of the National Commission for Civic Education and all traditional and religious leaders for collaborating with them during the consultations saying “we would not have generated so much enthusiasm and yielded so many results otherwise.”
“The Commission wishes to urge all Ghanaians to continue to support the process through the subsequent stages of the information gathering phase of this very important national exercise.” It asked the public to contact Dr. Raymond Atuguba, Executive Secretary of the Commission on 0244-675611; 0302-771184/85/88 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for any enquiry.