Akim Swedru MP presents Bill to allow dual citizens to hold public office

Akim Swedru MP, Kennedy Osei Nyarko, has laid before Parliament a Bill, that if passed will allow persons with dual citizenship to hold public office.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill presented on Thursday has been forwarded to the Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Committee.

Currently, Ghanaians who are citizens of another country are barred from holding public office such as Chief Justice, Ambassador or High Commissioner, Chief Fire Officer, Chief Director of a Ministry, Inspector-General of Police, Member of Parliament, among others.

But the Bill is seeking for such restrictions to be removed.

If passed, dual citizens can be considered for various public offices, including Chief of Defence Staff, Inspector General of Police, Ambassador of High Commissioner, Director of Immigration Service, Secretary to Cabinet, and Member of Parliament.

In 2019, President Akufo-Addo mentioned that a Bill was being worked on by the Office of Diasporan Affairs for such purposes.

The President, speaking at the Diaspora Home Coming Celebrations in Accra mentioned that there were “several countries where a truthful collaboration between their overseas nationals and their governments can bring for their national development and prosperity”

“I am happy about the decision taken by the Office of Diasporan Affairs headed by one of your own Akwasi Awuah Ababio, to work on the Diaspora Engagement Policy Bill,” he said at the 2019 event.

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