Meaning of Constitution

Government SSS 1 Second Term


Meaning of Constitution

Performance Objectives

Student should be able to explain:

i. Meaning of constitution

ii. Sources of constitution


A constitution is defined as a body of agreed rules and regulations stating how the powers governing a country are given and how these powers are to be exercised.

Sources of Constitution

1. History of the people: The history of the people must be considered in preparing the basic rules that govern them.

2. Customs and traditions: These are beliefs, institutions, norms and values of the people which are important in the formulation of the constitution.

3. Arts of Parliament: The laws or enactments by parliament forms part of the constitution.

4. Past constitution: Past constitution and constitutions of other countries most often form the basis of any new constitution. For example, the American constitution provided a model for the.... View More

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