Ghana’s 1992 Constitution is too big and long, Fullbright Law Professor, John Griffiths has observed.
“I think it will be a good idea if it were a bit shorter than it is…I think for a Constitution, the big rule of thumb is the shorter the better,” the former University of Gronigen Professor said Thursday’s at a public forum organised by the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) on the “role of constitutional reforms in consolidating peace, stability and national cohesion”.
“People have to vote on the constitution. They have to be able to read it and have…some idea of what the content of the constitution means,” he told the audience.
“You couldn’t do that for the Ghana constitution. It’s much too long for practically anybody who isn’t a lawyer to read all the way through.”
He said compared to the Constitutions of other countries such as France and United States, Ghana’s 197-page Constitution is not good.
The French Constitution is 25 pages, the Dutch Constitution is 20 pages and the US constitution is 24 pages. Griffith said: “…An example of a bad constitution is the California constitution of 170 pages.”