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Akufo-Addo’s rejection of Witchcraft bill threatens future of Private Members’ Bills – Bagbin

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Alban Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament, has once again criticized President Akufo-Addo’s stance on the Criminal Offences Amendment Bills 2023, 1 and 2, and the Ghana Armed Forces Amendment Bill 2023, claiming that it not only contradicts constitutional procedure but also raises concerns about the future of Private Members’ Bills.

In a letter to Parliament, the President highlighted financial repercussions for the state’s consolidated budget and probable violations of Article 108 of the Constitution as reasons for his reluctance to agree to the three laws previously enacted by Parliament.

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He especially mentioned the Ghana Armed Forces Amendment Bill, supported by MP Francis Xavier Sosu, as having financial costs related with substituting life imprisonment for the death penalty.

In a response to the President, Mr Bagbin stated that the president’s position on the legislation reflected an unachievable standard in which every item would be judged to have financial ramifications for the state.

“Article 106(8) clearly outlines the protocol for presidential refusal to assent, which involves specifying objections for Parliamentary reconsideration, not a blanket rejection of the bill.”

“This approach, as taken by the President, not only contradicts the constitutional procedure but also poses serious implications for the future of Private Members’ Bills, as it implies an unrealistic standard where virtually every bill could be construed as having financial implications,” the Speaker’s statement issued on Friday, December 29, stated.

Read the full statement Here

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