THE CONSTITUTION, ITS ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES 2
TheConstitution, its Advantages and Disadvantages
Aconstitution is a collection of standards or norms that define how anation should be governed.1It contains the statements that define how the leaders should relateto the ruled, the necessary institutional government framework, theduties and rights of the citizens, and the procedures that should befollowed in addressing particular issues. Additionally, theconstitution may be a vague body of unwritten laws that take the formof conventions or customs, usages, or understanding that arerecognized as laws. The following discussion explores the advantagesand disadvantages of a written constitution and delves into theupsides of an unwritten constitution.
` Awritten constitution has many advantages however, it also has manydisadvantages when compared to an unwritten constitution. A writtenconstitution can protect the rights of the masses because theconstituent assembly has deliberated these characteristics andembedded theme in the document.2Consequently, a written constitution avoids unnecessary conflict andpromotes stability because it steers clear of differinginterpretations. Conversely, the cumbrous procedure that follows theprocess of developing a written constitution results in a quandarywhen it comes to changing or altering the document when a needarises. Thus, an unwritten constitution, compared to a writtenconstitution, can meet the needs of the modern day with lesstrouble.3
Ina recap of the above discussion, a written constitution can protectthe rights of citizens effortlessly. However, the cumbrous processthat follows the development of such a document limits its ability tocater to the changing demands of a nation. Thus, an unwrittenconstitution offers an easier way of meeting the shiftingrequirements of a country, as discussed above.
JohnAlder, Constitutional and administrative law 12 (1 ed. 2015).
GoodwillTrading Co., Inc., Philippine Governance 20 (1 ed. 2012).
CHUKWUEMEKAE. ONYEJINDUAKA, What Africans Need 47 (1 ed. 2013).
1 John Alder, Constitutional and administrative law 12 (1 ed. 2015).
2 Goodwill Trading Co., Inc., Philippine Governance 20 (1 ed. 2012).
3 CHUKWUEMEKA E. ONYEJINDUAKA, What Africans Need 47 (1 ed. 2013).