July 31, 1991 "Committee of Experts" presents 252 page report on constitutional proposals to the PNDC

The Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) government established the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) in 1981 to formulate a strategy for governance in Ghana. Out of the NCD proposals, non-partisan local district council elections took place in 1988. By May 31, 1991, a committee of nine experts was appointed to draw up and submit a draft constitution of Ghana. This "Committee of Experts" under the leadership of  Prof. S.K.B. Asante, began their deliberations on June 11. On June 16, 1991, Chairman Rawlings stated that he was not opposed to multi-party democracy and by July 1991 the Conference of Catholic Bishops weighed into the debate with a report calling for a return to multi-party democracy by the end of 1992. The Committee presented a 252 page draft report on July 31st, 1991 to the government.  This report formed the basis of the work of the National Consultative Assembly of over 200 members, leading eventually to the constitution of the 4th Republic. The constitution's main focus was placed on fundamental human rights, equality before the law, representation of the people, and the registration of political parties.

 Head of the Committee of Experts, Prof. S.K.B. Asante

Head of the Committee of Experts, Prof. S.K.B. Asante