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Minority-There Was No Quorum; Passage Of E-levy Unconstitutional

The Minority in Parliament announces its conclusion to stage a strike during the controversy over the passage of the Electronic Transfer Levy (E-Levy) was to disable attempts for a quorum in the House.

The leader of the caucus announced his side strategized to frustrate the Majority’s drive for the passage of the Bill into law.

Talking during a pressing meeting soon after the House passed the E-levy Bill, Haruna Iddrisu said the passage is unlawful and unconstitutional because the Members present at the time fell short of the required 138 quora under Article 104 (1) of the 1992 constitution, as proclaimed lately by the Supreme Court.

He also claimed that Majority MP for Dome-Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo was not in the House.

“We just walked out to disable the majority to have a voting quorum. They were simply less than 137. I am using 137 because conspicuously, everyone in the world knows that Hon. Adwoa Safo was not present. Besides, we realize that there was an ambulance within the area of parliament and the person purported to have been in the ambulance was not present in the hall for voting, therefore every conclusion they took with 136 flies as a sin against the decision of the Supreme Court.”


Parliament passed the Electronic Transfer Levy in the absence of the Minority MPs, who had walked out before the Bill was considered at the second reading stage.

The Minority had complained that it had been taken by surprise by the unexpected consideration of the levy.

The E-levy was not listed in Parliament’s business statement for this week. The Minority MPs later walked out of Parliament before the second reading of the Bill after debating it.

Amendments

All the proposed amendments standing in the name of some Minority MPs were withdrawn because none of them was present to move those amendments in their name.

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, confessed he was shocked by the Minority walkout but demonstrated that it would not influence the course of proceedings.

The levy, which was amended from 1.75 per cent to 1.5 per cent today, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, will be a tax on electronic transactions, which includes mobile-money payments.

The levy, which was rectified from 1.75 per cent to 1.5 per cent today, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, will be a tax on electronic transactions, which comprises mobile-money payments.

What is E-levy?

The charge will apply to electronic transactions that are more than GH¢100 daily.

Analysts of the scheme have advised that this new levy will negatively influence the Fintech space, as well as irritate low-income people and those outside the formal banking sector.

The levy has been the source of tension in Parliament since it was brought up in the 2022 budget. The anxieties concluded in a clash between statesmen in Parliament in December 2021.

The government has, however, insisted the levy would broaden the tax net and that could raise an extra GH¢6.9 billion in 2022. There are also questions that the government may securitise proceeds from the e-levy to put forward additional earnings.

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