Separation of Power

Government SSS 1 Second Term


Separation of Power

Performance Objectives

Student should be able to explain:

     i. Meaning of separation of power.

ii. Principles of checks and balances.

     iii.Purpose of separation of power.

iv. Relationship between separation of powers and check and balance

Separation of Powers

It is the division or separation of political powers and functions among the three arms of government- the executive, legislature and judiciary. Each body should be constituted and involved only in the administration of that department.

Advantages of Separation of powers

1. Absence of dominance: Separation of powers removes the tendency for a particular organ exercising dominance over others.

2. Prevention of power accumulation in one place: Separation of powers prevents one organ of government from accumulating more power to herself.

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