Rigid Constitution: Definition, Advantages And Disadvantages

Table Of Contents

1. Meaning Of Rigid Constitution
2. Advantages Of Rigid Constitution
3. Disadvantages Of Rigid Constitution

Meaning Of Rigid Constitution

This is defined as a constitution which is very difficult to amend. It rquires special procedures or process for its amendment. Most written constitution are rigids. Countries that have rigid constitution include U.S.A, Ghana, Nigeria (2nd Republic constitution of 1979/1983 and Fourth Republic constitution of 1999-2003), Australia etc.

Advantages Or Merits Of Rigid Constitution

1. Individual rights are protected as adequate consideration is mostly given to the people when a change is sought.

2. Rigid constitution makes way for political stability in a country because of the lay down procedure for constitutional change.

3. It reduces violent or volutionary intention to the barest minimum.

4. Rigid method of amendment is a check against hasty (quick) decision. Issues have to be properly examined before actions are taken on them.

5. Rigid constitution prevents unscrupulous (without moral principles) politicians from manipulating the constitution to achieve selfish or sectional ends.

Disadvantages/Demerits Of Rigid Constitution

1. It is a delay to rapid growth and development.

2. The method of amendment adopted in time of emergency.

3. Rigid constitution are resistant to change and innovations.

4. Rigid constitution are resistant to change and innovations.

5. Rigid constitutions are expensive, time and energy consuming.

In the event of change, much money and time is spent in carrying out references.

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