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President’s veto powers not blank cheque to settle political scores – Srem Sai

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Dr. Justice Srem Sai, a private legal practitioner, has claimed that the President’s veto powers are not a blank check for him to use to settle political or personal scores.

This follows President Akufo-Addo’s rejection of the Criminal Offences Amendment Bill on Witchcraft, the Death Penalty Amendment Bill, and the Armed Forces Amendment Bill.

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According to President Akufo-Addo, the measures violate Article 108 of the Constitution, which prohibits Private Members measures from placing a levy on the Consolidated Fund (CF).

In a tweet, Justice Srem Sai commented on the situation, saying that if the President has any additional issues about a measure, he would have to use other established channels for protecting the Constitution.

“REASON: The President’s veto power is exercisable only where he seeks a change or an amendment to “any SPECIFIC provisions of the bill”. This means that the President’s reasons for vetoing a bill is limited to the content of the bill.

“If the President has any other concerns over a bill, he (like any other citizen), would have to use other established mechanisms for enforcing the Constitution. The veto power, as I said, is not a blank cheque for him to use to settle political or personal scores,” Dr. Justice Srem Sai stated.

He continued: “In this case, however, the President is not seeking to change or amend any provision of the bill. His only reason for exercising the veto power is that the bill came from an MP (Hon. Francis Sosu) and not from him (President Akufo Addo).”

 

 

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