Supreme Court Dismisses Application to Halt Consideration of Anti-LGBTQ Bill in Parliament

The Supreme Court has rejected an application seeking to halt the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, from proceeding with the deliberation of the anti-LGBTQ bill.

Dr. Amanda Odoi, a researcher, had lodged an application at the Supreme Court, aiming to assert that the ongoing consideration of the bill violates Article 108 of the 1992 constitution.

According to Article 108, Parliament must not consider any bill or motion that imposes taxation or charges on the consolidated fund or public funds unless it is introduced by the president.

The applicant argued that the bill, being a private members bill, would impose a charge on the consolidated fund if passed in its entirety, thus contravening the 1992 Constitution.

Seeking an injunction, the applicant requested that Parliament be stopped from further deliberating on the bill until a final decision is reached.

However, the nine-member panel, headed by Chief Justice Gertrude Torkonoo, dismissed the injunction application.

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