Parliament Continues Emphasis On Anti-LGBTQI+ Bill and 2022 Budget

The bill, also called the Anti-Gay Bill, is a Private Members’ Bill championed by eight legislators that seeks to outlaw LGBTQ+ and related activities, as well as specifying jail terms for offenders, sympathizers, and.

It is currently before Parliament’s Constitutional, Parliamentary, and Legal Affairs Committee.

The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Babgin has said the House would be guided by the richness of common sense and human decency and the treatment of the Bill on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values, 2021.

The Anti-Gay Bill has sparked widespread interest since its introduction in Parliament, and it now awaits examination by the House, which has been on recess since the end of July.

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In welcoming legislators back from recess on Tuesday, the Speaker, in an apparent support for criminalizing LGBTQ+ acts, emphasized that Ghana’s beliefs, cultural systems, and acceptable practices were distinct from those in countries where the LGBTQ+ were sought.

Speaker Bagbin, on the other hand said that the development of many aspects of the Bill was healthy for the nation’s emerging democracy and that the various perspectives and shades of opinion on the proposed leg should be explored.

”Let us be accommodating of others’ opinions and perceptions because that is the reality” Speaker Bagbin said,

 

He also gave an assurance that Parliament would create the appropriate environment for a healthy public participation in the deliberation of the draft law.

I am persuaded that this Parliament will pass a law that is in sync with our constitutional provisions particularly the provisions of fundamental human rights and freedoms, and the various laws that already exist in this country.

I am persuaded that we will pass a law that is rich in common sense, human decency, morality, fact, logic, and one that does not foment hatred in any shape or form” He said.

During the meeting, which is the Third Meeting of the First Session of the Eighth Parliament, the Minister of Finance will present the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government for 2022 Fiscal Year, and the House will be called upon to approve it.

The Budget presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17, 2021, to be followed by a Post Budget Workshop from Friday, November 19 to Sunday, November 21, 2021.

Debate on the budget policy shall be held from November 22 to 26, 2021 and Speaker Bagbin urged members to keep keen interest and reassert themselves in the budget debate and ensure it responded to the “crying needs” of the Ghanaian people.

He announced his determination to ensure that the Affirmative Action Bill is passed during the course of the meeting and called on the Government to expedite action on the Bill and present it to Parliament for passage.

Also, new Standing Orders, now before the Subsidiary Legislation Committee, will be brought before the plenary.

A Total Of 56 Bills Are Expected To Be Presented Before The House.

  1. 1.Increase Secession Bill, 2021
  2. 2.Affirmative Action Bill, 2021.
  3. 3.Small-Scale Mining Bill, 2021
  4. 4. Rent Bill, 2021
  5. 5. Aged Pensions Bill, 2021

Other bills scheduled for consideration include the Aged Persons Bill 2021, National Sugary Industry Development Board Bill, 2021, Ghana Standards Authority Bill 2021, the Health Professionals Regulatory Bodies Bill 2021; and a set of 50 instruments will be presented.

In addition, there are seven Private Members’ Motion from both sides of the House to be tabled for consideration.

The eighth parliament’s third meeting of the first session will begin soon and the session will last nine weeks, after which the House will be on recess until December.

At various phases, the House will work on a number of bills and papers.Revenues Administration Regulations 2021, Standing Orders of the Ghanaian Parliament. During this meeting, the Speaker will administer the Copyright Regulations, 2021.

The rest are tools for presentation and at Committee Papers, Motions for Debates, Petitions, and Questions, as well as the National Information Technology Agency, Regulations 2021, and others.

Three Bills Are Currently At The Committee Level

  1. 1.Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021,  Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs)
  2. 2.Criminal Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs)
  3. 3.Office of the Special Prosecutor (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs).

The budget for 2022 is also likely to be read during the November session.

More News To Follow Soon.

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