The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) is demanding an amendment of the 1992 Constitution to allow Ghanaians who hold dual citizenship to fully participate in the governance of the country.
In a statement issued on 7 December 2021 by the party to mark what it calls ‘Fix The Constitution Day’, the PPP said: “We hold the view that Ghanaian citizens are Ghanaian citizens whether they hold dual nationality or not”, adding: “In fact, their citizenship of Ghana cannot be vitiated by virtue of their dual nationality. Dual nationality is secondary to citizenship”.
“We must introduce an amendment to the Constitution to clarify and allow Ghanaians living in the Diaspora to be fully eligible to participate in the democratic process”.
This, according to the PPP, “will ensure full citizenship rights to Ghanaians living abroad so that they can vote and serve in public sector positions. There is no justification whatsoever to deny our kith and kin such rights when they pour into our economy huge sums of foreign exchange by way of remittances to family and friends”.
“We should also be reminded that on many occasions we have sought and continue to seek the expertise and skills of Ghanaians in the diaspora in the area of sports, medicine, engineering, finance, academia, international relations, economic development and other wide range of consultancy services in different areas of our national life. We must restore full citizenship rights to our brothers and sister in the diaspora and clarify provisions on their qualification to become Members of Parliament and to hold other public offices”, the statement said.
Read the full statement below:
PRESS STATEMENT DELIVERED BY THE PROGRESSIVE PEOPLE’S PARTY TO MARK DECEMBER 7TH AS THE FIX THE CONSTITUTION DAY 7th December 2021