Constitution Day (Ghana)

Constitution day is to commemorate the establishment of a new constitution for the fourth republic of Ghana in January 1993- popularly known as the 1992 constitution of Ghana.[1][2] Constitution Day of Ghana is observed on every 7 January after the presidential and parliamentary elections. It marks the first day of a new parliament after every election year when the old parliament of Ghana is dissolved on midnight 6 January after elections.[1]

Constitution Day
Official nameConstitution day
Observed by Ghana
TypeNational
CelebrationsParades, Fireworks, Rallies
Date7 January
Next time7 January 2024 (2024-01-07)
Frequencyannual

HistoryEdit

After the first three constitutions were made meaningless by military coups, the fourth constitution was adopted after a referendum held on April 28, 1992, and established on 7 January 1993. This day is thus celebrated each year to celebrate the effort to maintain and sustain the fourth republic over the years and the birthing of the 1992 constitution of Ghana.[3][4]

Statutory HolidayEdit

Constitution Day is observed in Ghana as a statutory holiday. It also became a holiday after the enactment of the Public Holidays Act of 2001, Section 2 (Act 601) and was first observed as such on 7 January 2019.[1][4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Constitution Day 2022, 2023 and 2024 in Ghana". PublicHolidays.africa. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  2. ^ "Constitutional history of Ghana". ConstitutionNet. Retrieved 2021-04-09.
  3. ^ Toby (2021-01-01). "Ghana to observe Constitution Day on January 7th". Public Holidays News. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  4. ^ a b "Constitution Day in Ghana in 2022". Office Holidays. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  5. ^ "STATUTORY PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND COMMEMORATIVE DAYS IN THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA FOR THE YEAR 2021". Ministry of the Interior│Republic of Ghana. Retrieved 2021-03-23.