Parliament has passed the Criminal Offences Amendment Act, 2022.
The Amendment Act seeks to replace the death penalty with a life sentence.
It was passed today, Tuesday, July 25, 2023.
“The Criminal Offences Amendment Act, 2022, is duly read the third time and duly passed,” the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, said while passing the Amendment Act.
Meanwhile, Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo Markin has expressed joy at the passage.
According to him, the President of the Republic was eager to give the Act presidential assent.
The death penalty was reserved for crimes such as murder, attempted murder, genocide, piracy, and the smuggling of gold or diamonds.
However, successive presidents of Ghana have not signed a death warrant for the execution of offenders since 1993.