Saturday, 20 April

Parliament rejects Afenyo-Markins proposal for community service instead of imprisonment for breaking LGBTQI law

Alexander Afenyo-Markin

Parliament has dismissed a proposal from Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin, which suggested replacing a minimum two-month imprisonment sentence with a minimum one-month community service for individuals convicted of engaging in LGBT activities.

During the third reading stage of the anti-LGBT bill in parliament, Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin entertained a motion submitted by Alexander Afenyo-Markin calling for a reconsideration of the bill. The motion gained approval from the house.

However, during the detailed amendment process of the bill, Parliament voted against the initial proposal put forth by the Deputy Majority Leader.

Addressing the development on Thursday, the Speaker of Parliament announced, "The Nos have it. The proposed amendment is negated."