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President Akufo-Addo says that although the 1992 Constitution is not a document without blemish but has facilitated the peaceful transfer of power between past and present governments of the Fourth Republic.

According to him, despite the flaws and calls for the amendment of portions of the constitution to meet the recent demands of the population, it must be acknowledged that it has provided the country with better advantages and put an end to the previous years of coup d’état.

Delivering the State of the Nation Address on February 27, he stated that considering the previous violence and the state of unrest citizens had to endure before the introduction of democracy, it must be acknowledged that the country is better off than it was 32 years ago.

Although President Akufo-Addo acknowledged that the constitution could be improved, he insists that the achievements made so far are commendable.

"Mr Speaker, we in Ghana have had our fair share of political instability and experimentation about how we should govern ourselves. There might be new names being ascribed to some of the supposed new ideas being canvassed by some today, but I daresay, on close examination, we would discover they are not new, we have tried them here, and they have failed. We know about all-powerful, cannot-be-questioned Messiahs, we know about liberators, and we know about redeemers and deities in military uniform.

 "It might sound new to some, but those of us who have been around for a while have heard the argument made passionately that democracy was not a suitable form of Government if we wanted rapid development. It is a tired argument that was regularly used by coup d’etat apologists.

"It is also not new to have political parties and politics, in general, being denigrated, indeed, there used to be national campaigns of fear waged against politics and political parties. It took time and it took long battles, but, in the end, a consensus did emerge, and we opted for a multi-party democratic form of Government under the Constitution, which ushered in the Fourth Republic.

"Mr Speaker, it is not a perfect document, Constitutions do not ever pretend to be; but it has served us well these past thirty-two (32) years, considering where we have come from. It is a sacred document that should not be tampered with lightly, but, I hasten to add, our Constitution did not descend from heaven, we, Ghanaians, drew it up to serve our needs, and we can amend it to suit our changing needs and circumstances," he said.

Following this, he called for stakeholder engagements on the various amendments to reach a consensus on the matter.

“We should work towards finding a consensus on the changes that the majority of Ghanaians want made to the Constitution,” he added.

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