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Minority: Approval of E-Levy is illegal

Parliament passed the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) by a voice vote of MPs from the Majority Caucus of the House after the Minority staged a walkout

Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader, has said the passage of the Electronic Transaction Levy by the Majority in Parliament is illegal.

Speaking at a press conference in Parliament, he also described the approval as a “charade” and declared that there is no approved E-Levy.

“This is a charade,” Iddrisu declared, and insisted: “There is no E-Levy.

“The Majority of less than 137 conducting businesses only proceeded on illegal and unconstitutional business. Parliament did not have the numbers to take any decision that should be binding Parliament and Ghanaians,” the Minority Leader said.

Parliament passes E-Levy after Minority walkout

Earlier, Parliament passed the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) by a vote of MPs from the Majority Caucus of the House after the Minority staged a walkout.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said his side still opposes the E-Levy, there the walkout.

Iddrisu urged President Akufo-Addo to withdraw the E-Levy Bill from the House because, he said, the Minority will not have anything to do with the controversial tariff.

Earlier, Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister for Finance, had said the government has decided to reduce the basic E-Levy charge from 1.75% of the value of the transaction to 1.5%.

He said the government had reached this decision following engagements with various stakeholders undertaken by the government.

Moving for the E-Levy Bill to be read for the second time in Parliament today (Tuesday 29 March), Ofori-Atta announced: “… the government has also decided to reduce the rate of the levy from 1.75% of the transfer to 1.5% of the transfer.”

Nicholas Brown

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