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A recent attempt by the ruling New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary caucus to import Articles 94(2)(a) and 55(8) from the national constitution into the party’s constitution was met with fierce resistance and near universal revulsion, culminating in the President asserting that the proposal, if implemented, will spell doom for the party. The situation presents an interesting conundrum —how can a provision of the national constitution be considered too toxic for inclusion in the constitution of a political party?
Alternatively, what is the case for retaining in the national constitution articles that are considered too toxic for inclusion in the constitution of political parties. Article 94(2)(a) provides that “a person shall not be qualified to be a member of parliament if he owes allegiance to a country other than Ghana” and Article 55(8) states that “a political party shall not have as a founding member, a leader or a member of its executives, a person who is not qualified to be elected as a Member of Parliament or to hold any other public office.’’
Among others, the workshop will focus on the following issues:
- What is the nature of citizenship?
- What is the nature of dual citizenship?
- What offices are they excluded from?
- What is the case for and against these exclusions?
- How do other countries treat their dual citizens?
- What is allegiance?
- What is Ghana’s history on dual citizenship?
- What is the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on dual citizenship?
- Should the constitution be amended?
- What process is required for such an amendment?
Prof. Stephen K Asare, our lecturer, will lead an interactive session that will cover all aspects of the issue. The presentation will allow for contemporaneous audience participation. Proceedings of the workshop will be forwarded to Parliament, the Council of State and the Presidency for further action, consistent with the workshop’s recommendations.
Date: Wednesday June 27, 2018
Venue: British Council. Reporting @ 9:00am. Reception to follow
Prof. Stephen K Asare is KPMG Professor in Accounting at the University of Florida, Warrington College of Business Fisher School of Accounting. His research interests include Attestation, Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance and Law.