Court adjourns Dafeamekpor anti-LGBTQ+ bill case to April 29

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The lawsuit to force President Akufo-Addo to sign the anti-LGBTQ bill from Parliament has been postponed until Monday, April 29 by an Accra High Court.

After the Attorney General filed an affidavit objecting, the matter was adjourned.

The day before the court was to hear legal arguments, on Wednesday, April 17, the affidavit was filed. Earlier, the National Democratic Congress MP Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor filed an accelerated hearing request, and the court granted an abridgement of time for that hearing.

Mr. Dafeamekpor requests many statements about the President’s denial of the Parliamentary measure.

Following a letter from the Executive Secretary to President Nana Bediatuo Asante, the MP took action. The letter requested Parliament not to forward the bill to President Akufo-Addo for his approval.

This letter mentioned applications that are now pending before the Supreme Court for an order of interlocutory injunction against the bill.

The letter states that unless the legal difficulties are resolved, it would be improper for Parliament to move forward with sending the measure to President Akufo-Addo.

The President has also been instructed by the Attorney General not to move forward with the measure until the Supreme Court has resolved the ongoing lawsuits.

Dafeamekpor is suing to get a ruling that the President cannot stop Parliament from sending him a measure that has been enacted.

In addition, he requests a declaration that, in accordance with Article 106(1) and (7) of the Constitution, the President may only consent to or disapprove a measure within seven days of its referral to the Council of State.

The Attorney General has asked for a postponement so that the Office may present a more comprehensive argument.


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