Advocates for Christ Calls For Total Overhaul of 1992 Constitution

Advocates for Christ -Ghana, a movement of Christian professionals, has added its voice to the call by other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs for the total overhaul of 1992 Republican Constitution of Ghana.

According to the Christian professional’s movement, the total overhaul of the 1992 Republican Constitution of Ghana is long overdue.

The Movement made the call at its “Alternative Manifesto Forum 2020” in Accra, on the theme;” Moving Ghana Forward! An independent view on political manifestoes”. Chairman,

Advocates for Christ -Ghana, Mr Edem Senanu, said the Movement reviewed the manifestoes of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to see whether the two major parties manifesto really touched on issues affecting the masses.

Presenting the movement’s findings in the area of law, governance and democracy, Mr. Senanu said there are so many aspects of the constitution that need amendment.

Chairman, Advocates for Christ -Ghana, explained that the Movement reviewed the manifestoes of the NDC and the NPP and observed that both NDC and NPP manifestoes did not touched on the core issues affecting Ghanaians.

“For instance, the selection of Members of Parliament to serve as minister in the executive weakens the oversight functions of the legislative arm.

Another key challenge that ought to be dealt with in order to devolve more power to the people and to promote local development is elections of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

The Movement believes the election of MMDCEs will be the surest way of deepening accountability and promoting rural development.” He noted.

Mr. Senanu also appealed to government to partner churches and para church groups in policy development and implementation for rapid national development. Chairman, Advocates for Christ, Ghana, maintained that over 70 per-cent of the citizenry belonged to the Christian faith, making the Church, the “best platform” for government/citizenry engagement on national policies.

Our review of both manifestoes of the two major parties revealed that they both lacked content on the provision of “biblical leadership”, describing it as “unfortunate.”

He further noted that in the area of environmental protection, the two manifestoes did not touch on the country’s annual flood situation and that the Movement’s “Alternative Manifesto” dealt with various political concepts and closed gaps in the two manifestoes. Other areas covered by the Alternative Manifesto include education, youth and sports, science, technology and innovation, health, family, media and communication.

Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of the program, a member of the Advocates for Christ –Ghana, Mrs. Amma Eleblu hinted that the Christian professional’s movement has made “many crucial” alternative proposals and that they looked forward to engage the parties on it implementation.

She promised that the movement will continue to monitoring and analysis key issues in the country and forward its findings to the appropriate authority and institutions.

 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH Writer’s email: franklinadonkoh@gmail.com

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