President Akufo-Addo has declined to give assent to 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, criticized the President for not communicating his stance on the Criminal Offences Amendment Bill 2023, which aims to criminalize attacks on alleged witches.
A communication from the Presidency, however, denied receiving the bill, along with two other bills passed by Parliament, until November 27, 2023. The Presidency also rejected suggestions that it had decided not to assent to the Bills.
In a letter to Parliament on Monday, December 4, President Akufo-Addo informed the House that he is unable to assent to the three bills until their associated constitutional matters are resolved. The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, read the letter to members of the House, stating that the president, upon review, identified constitutional matters related to the bills’ passage that must be addressed before he gives his assent.
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