The work of studying the Proposed Family Code Law is continuing by the Permanent Commission for Justice and Human Rights, overseen by the senator Silvestre Siale Bileka and supervised by the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono.
The debates by members of the commission once again focussed on the types of marriage covered by articles 21, 22 and 23 of the Proposed Family Code Law, the contents of which underwent slight amendments.
They looked at marriages such as civil marriages, celebrated before a judge or mayor, and which carry legal weight, in so much as it is usual to take place before the families of the couple in the presence of the traditional chiefs and the president of the people’s council; while canonical and religious matrimony is entered into before a religious minister in accordance with the respective arrangements of each religion.
On these types of matrimony, article 24 states that whatever rite adopted will have civil effects, once registered in the corresponding civil registry.
The commissioners also looked at article 25, which indicates the officials with powers to grant marriage in national territory. The family judges, municipal mayors, within their respective jurisdictions, families with the presence of their representatives, community presidents, and accredited Equatorial Guinea consuls and vice-consuls abroad may celebrate marriage between Equatoguineans and between these with foreigners, subject to all that is stated in the current Family Code.
The senators concluded the session with an analysis of article 26, on impediments to contracting matrimony, the subparagraphs of which determine that those under eighteen years of age may not marry, except those who have a child in common, or if the minor is pregnant.
The impediments to contracting matrimony also affect persons of the same sex, those joined by a matrimonial tie that prohibits polygamy, such as the case of canonical or religious marriage, and those without the full use of their faculties.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office