The Member of Parliament for Madina, Francis-Xavier Sosu said Ghana has not executed anybody under the death penalty under the 1992 Fourth Republican Constitution despite having it on its status books for a very long time.
He said "even if we would retain death penalty in the constitution, it would be for treason and high treason."
Joseph Osei-Owusu on his part stated that Ghana is willing to be part of the international community in this regard by amending its law.
He said Ghana's Parliament and Ghanaians will be guided in the course of this journey by Ghana’s culture and history.
He said "we will listen to the voice of our people as we go out on this matter."
In Ghana, death penalty has been imposed mainly as the mandatory punishment for murder, meaning that judges were unable to consider any.
The death penalty is a form of capital punishment instituted by the constitution which requires that certain crimes, as dictated by the law is punished by death.
Crimes punishable by death in Ghana are:
A person who intentionally causes death by unlawful harm "shall be liable to suffer death."
The Constitution and Criminal Code list treason as punishable by death.
The Constitution states that individuals who commit treason against the constitutional order "shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to suffer death."
- War crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide
Genocide is punished by death. Genocide includes the following acts committed with the intent of destroying in whole or in part a national, ethnic, racial or religious group: killing or causing serious mental or bodily harm to members of the group, inflicting conditions intended to destroy the group, imposing measures to end births in the group, or forcibly transferring children from that group to another group.