NPP will suffer in 2024 election if Akufo-Addo refuses to assent anti-LGBTQ+ bill into law – Catholic Bishops Conference

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MAR 5, 2024 LISTEN
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The Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC) has indicated the electoral chances of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the upcoming 2024 General Elections if President Akufo-Addo does not assent the anti-LGBTQ+ bill into law.

Speaking to Joy News, Secretary General of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference, Very Rev. Fr Clement Kwasi Adjei reiterated that the Conference still believe there is a need to engage on the punishment aspect for people that promote and engage in LGBTQ+ activities in the bill.

He said that notwithstanding, supporting the promotion and activities of LGBTQ+ is not an option.

He said President Akufo-Addo’s failure to assent the bill into law will affect the fortunes of the NPP in the 2024 General Elections.

“We will speak and we will continue to keep speaking against what we think is wrong. If the President refuses to sign, and you know the implication for him [Nana Akufo-Addo] and his party. [I'm referring to] elections, voting… these things must not be hidden. We work in the villages, people are listening,” Very Rev. Fr Clement Kwasi Adjei said.

Although there is pressure from Ghanaians for the President to assent to the bill, the Finance Ministry has cautioned against such a move, indicating that it will have consequences.

The Ministry in a paper to President Akufo-Addo said Ghana is likely to lose US$3.8 billion in World Bank Financing over the next five to six years if the bill becomes law.

The Ministry also said that in 2024, Ghana will lose US$600 million in budget support and US$250 million for the Financial Stability Fund.

This, the Ministry explained will negatively impact Ghana’s foreign exchange reserves and exchange rate stability as these inflows are expected to shore up the country’s reserve position.

Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
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