Presidents To Pay Tax

The government has accepted the recommendation of the Constitution Review Commission (CRC) that the tenure of the President should be maintained at four years. According to an official source, the government White Paper on CRC further endorsed the commissionís recommendation that Presidents of the Republic should pay tax on their salaries and emoluments. That, it said, would set an example for the rest of the citizenry and also reflect the principle of equality before the law and be in accordance with the rule of law. It said the government had also endorsed the recommendation that there should be a ceiling on the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court. According to the source, the government had also accepted the recommendation of the CRC that the time for conducting presidential and parliamentary elections should not be held later than 60 days before the inauguration of the President and Parliament. It told the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday that 90 per cent of the CRCís recommendation had been accepted by the government and that the President, John Evans Atta Mills, appended his signature to the report, which was then gazetted, before he left for the United States for his medical check-up last Saturday.