Minority To Challenge Passage Of E-levy At Supreme Court
The Minority Caucus in Parliament is set to challenge the passage of the controversial Electronic Transfer Levy (E-levy) at the Supreme Court. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, the Minority Leader, Iddrisu, said the passage was unconstitutional, as the Parliament did not have the required numbers to
make a decision on the e-levy. The majority of less than 137 conducting business only proceeded on illegal and unconstitutional business. Parliament did not have the numbers to take any decision that should be binding on Parliament and also Ghanaians. Immediately after this briefing, we intend to file to question the legitimacy of
the decision of less than one half of Parliament taking a decision to approve e-levy at second reading following our walkout and at the third reading, Mr. Iddrisu said. The Minority could not participate in the consideration of the e-levy at the second and third reading stages due to a boycott. However, the boycott did not also hinder
Parliament from passing the tax. The levy, which was also amended from 1.75 percent to 1.5 percent today, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, will be a tax on electronic transactions, which includes mobile-money payments. The charge will apply to electronic transactions that are more than GH¢100 on a daily basis. All the proposed
amendments standing in the name of some Minority MPs were also withdrawn because none of them was present to move those amendments in their name. The Speaker of the Parliament, Alban Bagbin, said he was surprised by the Minority walkout but indicated that it would not affect the course of proceedings.