Lawmaker Disagrees with President Akufo-Addo’s Decision to Halt Assenting to Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill

Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, a co-sponsor of the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values bill, has voiced opposition to President Akufo-Addo’s choice to suspend assent to the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill until court challenges are resolved.

The Office of the President formally requested Parliament to hold off transmitting the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill for the President’s assent. In a letter dated Monday, March 18, signed by Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, the request was made in light of pending applications for an order of interlocutory injunction before the Supreme Court.

However, South Dayi MP, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, argued on JoyFM’s Top Story on March 19 that no pending court case can prevent the president from fulfilling his constitutional duty. He pointed out instances where similar challenges did not hinder presidential duties, citing a presumption of regularity until the court rules otherwise.

Dafeamekpor clarified that an interim injunction cannot restrain the President from carrying out his duties, including assenting to a bill. He emphasized that the President could still fulfill his mandates until the court’s verdict, asserting that past actions would remain unaffected.

Meanwhile, Associate Professor at the University of Ghana Law School, Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua, opined that the issue need not cause a constitutional crisis. He suggested that the President’s decision to await the court’s verdict might stem from a desire to act in the people’s best interest, citing recent criticisms regarding the E-levy bill.

Regarding the letter signed by the Executive Secretary instead of the President, Appiagyei-Atua expressed skepticism about its weight, noting that it lacks the President’s direct endorsement.

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