At the Seventh Party Congress of the SED in April 1967, Ulbricht required another constitution, pronouncing that the current constitution never again concurred "with the relations of communist society and the present level of recorded advancement". Another constitution was expected to acclimate with the Marxist– Leninist faith in the movement of history and the job of the common laborers driven by the SED. The new constitution would likewise mirror the job of the state as the gathering's principle instrument in accomplishing the objective of a communist and in the long run socialist society. A commission in the Volkskammer was entrusted in December 1967 to draft another constitution. After two months the commission delivered a report, which, after "open discussion", was submitted to a plebiscite on April 6, 1968. Endorsed by a 94.5 percent edge, the new Constitution became effective three days after the fact on 9 April 1968.
While the 1949 constitution was in any event externally a liberal law based record, the 1968 constitution was a completely Communist report. Displayed nearly on the 1936 Soviet Constitution, it coordinated all the established changes that had occurred since 1949 into another "communist" structure, however it decreased certain rights gave in the before adaptation. Article 1 of the 1968 constitution started with the words, "The German Democratic Republic is a communist condition of the German country. It is the political association of the laborers in the urban areas and in the field, who mutually under the authority of the regular workers and their Marxist-Leninist gathering will acknowledge Socialism."
While the old record made no specify of the SED, Article 1 of the new constitution unequivocally announced that "the initiative of the state is to be practiced through the common laborers and its Marxist-Leninist party"— the SED. The 1949 constitution had pronounced Germany a "majority rule republic", while the better and brighter one portrayed East Germany as a "communist condition of the German country". Under the old constitution, control got from "the general population", while Article 2 of the new Constitution expressed that power radiated from "the specialist in city and nation".
Critical changes brought into the 1968 report included:
Article 6, which submitted the state to stick to the "standards of communist internationalism" and to commit extraordinary consideration regarding its "intimate ties" with the Soviet Union
Article 9, which constructed the national economy with respect to the "communist responsibility for methods for generation"
Article 20, which conceded opportunity of still, small voice and conviction
Article 21, which kept up that the "fundamental rights" of citizenship were indistinguishably connected with "relating commitments"
Article 47, which pronounced that the rule of "equitable centralism" is the definitive proverb for the development of the communist state