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Ranking Member on the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament, Inusah Fuseini, says the 1992 constitution must go through some serious amendments to meet the challenges of present day.

He said the power given to the President by the Constitution to appoint almost all officials to government institutions is not in the interest of Ghana.

Speaking on GBC’s Current Affairs Programme, “Focus”, Mr Fuseini said the 1992 constitution is a Political Constitution crafted to safeguard Ghana’s young democracy but after 24 years of practice, there is the need for amendments to ensure a more development-oriented constitution.

A Lawyer and Member of the NPP Communications team, Gary Nimako, said the framers of the 1992 Constitution took into consideration the political checkered history of the country, hence the enormous powers given to the President to appoint people he can trust into certain key positions.

However, he said the entire constitution cannot be re-written but portions need to be amended.

A Governance Expert, Dr. Eric Oduro Osae said the 1992 Constitution over pampered the Executive.

He said amendments to the constitution must also have fix tenure for the IGP and other security Chiefs to embolden them to be loyal to the state and not to the appointing authority.

The PPP Parliamentary candidate in the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, William Dowokpor, said the 1992 constitution was crafted to protect some few individuals from the military junta. He said after 24 years changes must be made.

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