President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has chosen not to give approval to three important bills that are currently awaiting his assent.
These bills include the Criminal Offences Amendment Bill 2023, the Wildlife Resources Management Bill 2023, and the Armed Forces Amendment Bill 2023.
On November 27, 2023, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, expressed dissatisfaction with the president for not indicating his stance on the Criminal Offences Amendment Bill 2023, which seeks to make attacks on alleged witches a criminal offense.
In response, the presidency stated in a communication that they did not receive the bill, along with two others, until November 27, 2023.
The Presidency also denied any claims suggesting that they had made a decision not to give approval to the bills.
However, in a letter sent to Parliament on Monday, December 4, President Akufo-Addo explained that he is unable to give his assent to the three bills until certain constitutional issues surrounding them are resolved.
The Speaker, Alban Bagbin, read the president’s letter to the members of the House, stating, “According to the communication from His Excellency dated 27th November 2023, he informs us that, pursuant to Article 106, clause 7, he cannot give his assent to the Criminal Offences Number 2 Bill 2023 due to some constitutional matters that need to be addressed regarding its passage.”
The Speaker further stated that President Akufo-Addo has not specified the exact constitutional issues that need to be resolved before he can give his assent to the three bills.
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