When is Ghanaian Constitution Day?
Constitution Day is a statutory public holiday in Ghana, observed on January 7th. This day marks the adoption of the Constitution of the Fourth Republic of Ghana on January 7th 1993.
History of Ghanaian Constitution Day
The 1992 Constitution came into force for the Fourth Republic of Ghana, on January 7th 1993, following its overwhelming approval in a referendum held on April 28th 1992.
The Constitution defines the fundamental political principles, establishing the structure, procedures, powers and duties of the government, structure of the judiciary and legislature, and spells out the fundamental rights and duties of a citizen.
January 7th is also the day new Heads of State are sworn into office in Ghana.
The day is intended to acknowledge Ghana’s collective efforts at ensuring that the tenets of democracy, rule of law and principles of constitutionalism are upheld.
Constitution Day is a Public Holiday, which was observed for the first time in Ghana on January 7th 2019. This day has been declared as an additional holiday under Section 2 of the Public Holiday Act, 2001 (Act 601).