Dormaahene pleads with Speaker of Parliament to make voting on LGBTQ bill open ballot

The issues surrounding the illegalization of LGBTQ and passing of the Proper Human Sɛxual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021 (Anti-LGBTQI bill) are still making headlines following the visit of US Vice President to Ghana.

A lot of Ghanaians have called on the Members of Parliament to fast-track procedures and pass the anti-g@y bill which will criminalize all activities related to LGBTQ in the country.

The private member bill championed by MP for Ningo Prampram constituency, Samuel Nartey George is currently in Parliament as MPs are expected to debate and pass it.

However, Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II has pleaded with the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin to make voting on the bill an open ballot. According to him, the voting should not be secret for constituents to see if their MP is voting to protect their customs or not

“I am pleading with the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Bagbin, that he should ensure that the voting to approve the anti-LGBTQI bill is not done in secret.

“He should mention the names of the MPs one by one so that they will vote on the bill in the open. He should mention Kweku Agyemang Manu, Dormaa Central, for him to vote in the open so that we will see how he voted. All the MPs in Dormaa; Dormaa West, Dormaa East, Tano North, Sunyani East, Sunyani West; should vote in the open.

“And I am saying here today that all the MPs who are in my territories if you vote that a man and a man can have sex as well as a woman and another woman, I will make sure you are removed. Even if you are not in any of my territories, I will work with your chief and we will campaign against you to make sure you are removed,” he said in Twi.