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‘You signed E-levy while it was challenged in court’ — Dafeamekpor slams Akufo-Addo

Headlines Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, Member of Parliament for South Dayi
MAR 5, 2024 LISTEN
Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, Member of Parliament for South Dayi

Ghanaian legal practitioner and Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor has reacted to President Akufo-Addo’s decision to delay the signing of the anti-gay bill until a Supreme Court ruling on the bill.

He noted that the President, despite the controversies that surrounded the electronic transaction levy (e-levy) and supreme court suit, signed it.

In a post vis X on Tuesday, March 5, the NDC lawmaker noted that President Akufo-Addo cannot use the court case as an excuse not to sign the bill.

“The Procedure to veto a Bill is clear. The Prez can’t injunct himself from carrying out his constitutional function upon his receipt of the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill as passed by Parliament, based on some hearsay Court action. We are in Supreme Court against the Elevy Act but he signed it,” wrote the MP.

Background:
President Nana Akufo-Addo has decided to suspend the signing of Ghana's controversial anti-LGBTQ bill, citing a pending Supreme Court challenge to the bill's constitutionality.

In a statement shared by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency, Akufo-Addo noted that a "concerned citizen" has mounted a legal challenge to the bill at the Supreme Court.

He stated that "In the circumstances, it would be, as well, for all of us to hold our hands, and await the decision of the Court before any action is taken."

The bill, Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 was passed unanimously by parliament on February 28.

If signed into law, it would criminalize LGBTQ relationships and advocacy with a jail term.

However, the president signaled that he wants the country's highest court to rule on the bill's compatibility with the Ghanaian constitution before giving it final approval.

"The operation of the institutions of the Ghanaian state will determine the future trajectory of the rule of law and human rights compliance in our country," Akufo-Addo said.

Following the passage by Parliament, several bodies—both home and abroad, including the United State, have raised concerns about what they deem as a breach to fundamental human rights.

In a four-page statement on Monday, March 4, the country’s Finance Ministry warned of a potential economic ramifications should the bill be signed, urging the President to reject it.

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