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NewsSecret ballot would have altered fate of anti-LGBTQ+ bill - Afenyo-Markin


Secret ballot would have altered fate of anti-LGBTQ+ bill – Afenyo-Markin

The Majority Leader in Parliament, Afenyo-Markin, has revealed that a significant number of Members of Parliament (MP) would have opposed the LGBT+ bill if a secret vote had been conducted.

Speaking on GHOne TV’s State of Affairs with Francis Abban, the legislator disclosed that a majority of MPs were against the penalties outlined in the bill.

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Afenyo-Markin shared that many lawmakers were waiting for the Speaker’s decision to allow a secret ballot, as opposed to the usual voice vote during consideration. He explained that his call for a secret ballot was supported by numerous colleagues who preferred the anonymity of voting.

The lawmaker emphasized that the issue revolved around the severity of the prescribed punishment, expressing concern about sending individuals to jail for their involvement with the LGBT+ community.

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He clarified that his stance was not a mere suggestion but a statement of fact, underscoring the importance of prioritizing convictions over political considerations.

Afenyo-Markin acknowledged the risks associated with his position, stating that focusing on matters of conviction rather than electoral concerns was essential, even if it meant taking unpopular stances.

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“When I raised the issue of a secret ballot, it was actually a call from a lot of colleagues. Because normally at consideration, we use voice vote. So they wanted should the Speaker rule in my favour for a secret ballot then they will come in a slot in their ballot,” Mr. Afenyo-Markin stated.

“I am not suggesting… I am stating so as a statement of fact, it is not a suggestion. I am telling you what it is. What’s the first rule of nature, reservation? It was a risk I took and I have said that I really don’t mind because if a politician is always thinking about the next election and not looking at issues of conviction, this is how I feel,” the lawmaker stated.

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