Former Member of Parliament(MP) for Akwatia constituency, Baba Jamal, has disclosed that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will scrap the E-levy policy in their first year in government come 2025.
He says what happened in parliament during its passage constitutes an illegality which must not be countenanced.
Speaking on Okay FM's 'Ade Akye Abia' programme, he established that his party and for that matter minority in parliament has fiercely fought against the crude method the NPP government wants to use to tax the already over burdened Ghanaian.
"I will even advise my party that we should let it go, because Ghanaians have seen that we have done our best . . . we should leave it and let's go ahead with our lives," he told Kwame Nkrumah 'Tikese'.
On the party's position when they come to power in 2024, Baba Jamal said, "our position will remain the same that don't tax MOMO".
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Parliament Passes E-levy Bill
The rubicon has finally been crossed with the passage of the controversial Electronic Levy (E-Levy) bill, despite a spirited attempt by the Minority caucus in Parliament to shoot it down, including the obvious staging of a walkout.
According to the Minority, the Majority pulled a surprise one on them because E-levy was not listed in Parliament’s business statement for this week.
According to the Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu: “We have time and again warned and cautioned that we never want to be taken by surprise on a major economic policy bill of government and we will not accept that culture."
“So when you (Majority Caucus) did not have the numbers, you were hesitant, you won’t come before the House, now that you think that you have some reasonable numbers then you say ‘go to the business of item 27’”.
Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, 2 others sue AG over E-Levy approval
Minority Leader of Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, and his colleagues Mahama Ayariga and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, have dragged the Attorney-General to the Supreme Court over the approval of the Electronic Transactions Levy (E-Levy).
They contend that Parliament did not have the required number of at least half of its members present, when the controversial tax policy was approved.
The House on Tuesday approved the policy without the participation of National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs.
The Tamale South MP and his colleagues want the Supreme Court to declare that the said approval was contrary to law.
They are seeking the following reliefs;
“a. A declaration that on the authority of the Supreme Court case of Justice Abdulai v. Attorney-General, Writ No. J1/07/2022 dated 9th March, 2022, the constitutional quorum number for decision-making and voting within the meaning of Article 104(1) of the 1992 Constitution is 138 Members of Parliament out of the 275 Members of Parliament and not 137 Members of Parliament.
b. A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of articles 2(1)(b) and 104(1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, there was no quorum to enable the 137 Members of Parliament of the Majority Caucus present in Parliament on 29th March, 2022 to pass the Electronic Transactions Levy (‘’E-Levy’’).
c. A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Article 104(1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the passing of the Electronic Transactions Levy (‘’E-Levy’’) by the 137 Members of Parliament of the Majority Caucus present in Parliament on the 29th March 2022 without the requisite quorum number of 138 Members of Parliament present in Parliament, is null and void and of no legal effect.
d. An order of the Honourable Court setting aside the passing of the Electronic Transactions Levy (‘’E-Levy’’) by the 137 Members of Parliament of the Majority Caucus present in Parliament on the 29th March, 2022 as a nullity.
e. Any other order(s) the Honourable Court may deem fit.”
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