Death penalty scrapped in Ghana

Parliament has passed the Criminal Offences (Amendment) Bill 2022 into law, abolishing the death penalty from the statute books. When assented to by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the new law will amend the Criminal Offences Act,1960 (Act 29) to change the punishment of death penalty to life imprisonment and to provide for related matteIt […]

Parliament passes 3 revenue bills

Parliament has approved three major tax bills targeted at bolstering the sustainable generation of domestic revenue for the country. The bills are the Excise Duty and Excise Tax Stamp (Amendment) Bill, 2022, the Income Tax (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2022, and the Growth and Sustainability Levy Bill, 2022. The trio, which were passed under certificates […]

Parliament passes Pensions Bill

Parliament has passed the National Pensions (Amendment) Bill, 2021.  The object of the bill is to exclude the Police Service, the Immigration Service, the Prisons Service, the security and intelligence agencies and the Ghana National Fire Service from the unification pensions. The bill seeks to amend the National Pensions Act, 2008 (Act 766) to exclude […]

Why Haruna Iddrisu, others have been ‘kicked out’ as NDC parliamentary leaders ahead of 2024 elections

The National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has explained that the changes made in the leadership of the Minority Caucus in Parliament form part of the reorganisation of the party ahead of the 2024 elections. “We are making the changes as part of the reorganisation of the party ahead of […]

NPP MPs agree to support Ken Ofori-Atta for 2023 budget passage after Council of Elders intervention

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament in the majority caucus, have reneged on their stance and agreed to support the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta for the 2023 budget passage after an intervention by the leadership and Council of Elders of the NPP on Tuesday night. A statement dated November 22, 2022, jointly signed […]

Parliament passes Tax Exemptions Bill

Parliament last Friday passed the Tax Exemptions Bill, 2022 to provide for a tax exemption regime in the country. The bill will set clear eligibility criteria for tax exemptions and provide for the monitoring, evaluation and enforcement of exemptions. When assented to by the President, it will strengthen the monitoring role of the Ministry of […]

Parliamentary Committee in London to discuss anti-gay bill

A four-member delegation of the Committee of Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs of Parliament will today begin discussions with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) on the anti-gay bill currently before Parliament. The delegation, led by the Chairman on the committee, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, left Accra yesterday for London for the talks. The Promotion of Proper Human […]

Parliament passes E-Levy Bill

Parliament today Tuesday March 29, 2022 approved the Electronic Transactions (E-Levy) Bill. This decision was reached after the Consideration Stage was completed by a Majority-sided House following the third reading of the Bill. The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) staged a walk out after taking part in the debate of the Bill. The Finance Minister, […]

Supreme Court ruling constitutionally correct

The Executive Director of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development, Prof. H. Kwasi Prempeh, has described as ‘a constitutionally correct decision’ the Supreme Court Judgement affirming the right of Deputy Speakers of Parliament to vote. “The court’s judgement is faithful to the text and structure of the constitution, as it is to the discernible intent […]