The Ministry of the Interior in a letter dated December 27, 2018 and signed by the sector Minister Honorable Ambrose Dery announced to the general public the celebration of the maiden edition of the January 7 as “Constitutional Day”.
The day which is also a public holiday is set aside to acknowledge the country’s collective efforts at ensuring that the tenets of democracy, rule of law and principles of constitutionalism are upheld.
To understand the necessity of a Constitutional Day celebration, it is significant to understand Ghana’s Political journey so far.
Below is a brief highlight of Ghana’s political journey from independence to the commencement of the fourth Republic;
1957 – Independence, Nkrumah of CPP is Prime Minister
1960 – Ghana declared a Republic with One Party System
1966 – We had a Military overthrow of 1st Republic
1969 – 2nd Republic begins and Busia of Peoples Party is Prime Minister.
1972 – Military overthrow of 2nd Republic
1978 – A palace coup to restructure the military government.
1979 – Junior officers arise and embark on a ‘military housecleaning’
1979 – We were ushered into the third Republic and Hilla Limann of PNP is President.
1981 – Overthrow of the constitutional PNP government by the PNDC military junta.
1983 – An attempted overthrow of the PNDC junta by other junior military men
1992 – Rawlings of NDC is then elected as President
By: Elliot Ayertey Nuertey/universnewsroom.com