Characteristics of a good constitution: One of the essentials of a democratic government is a good and well drafted constitution. This is so because the constitution of a country is capable of increasing or decreasing the effectiveness and practice of true democracy in that country.
It is therefore necessary to have a constitution that protects the rights of citizens in a democratic nation. Not only is it necessary for the constitution to protect the rights of its citizens; it should also regulate the activities of government officials and avoid dictatorship.
In this article, i will comprehensively explain some of the functions and characteristics/features of a good constitution. This article is actually to educate legal scholars, students and teachers on the essentials of a well drafted constitution. In addition to that, this article will vividly explain how a good constitution can bring about positive change in leadership and political system of a country.
But before we move to the substance of this work, i would like to give you a concise and well-explained definition of a constitution and its functions.
What is a constitution?
A constitution can be defined as an instrument of the government made by the people, establishing the structure of a country, regulating the powers and functions of the government, rights and duties of individual and providing remedies for unconstitutional acts.
From the above, one can rightly conclude that the constitution is the supreme law of the land. It sets forth the aspirations of the people which it governs, structures the government, the rights and obligations of government on the one hand, and the rights and duties of the individual on the other hand and the provision of remedies for someone performs an unconstitutional action.
of the people in appointment, for instance by way of federal character in appointment into public offices.