Dr. Kwame Asa-Asante, a political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, has warned the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) against its insistence on the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy).
Dr. Asa-Asante raised concern to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Tuesday on why the government has turned a deaf ear to all voices opposing the levy’s implementation.
The government’s stance on the Electronic Levy, he believes, is not politically prudent.
“The Public is not saying that don’t collect tax, if you care, you must do something about its magnitude. And the government is not ready to listen to that. I am surprised that the government wants to push it and at the same time want to “break the 8’. These are the building blocks of a campaign that when you take such a position people pick the bits and pieces together and during the campaign they throw it out and you are not able to defend.
“I think going forward the government must listen and they must come to terms with the reality that times are hard and that this thing must be reduced a little bit to give them a breather. For me, that is the way to go,” Political Lecturer urged.
At the recently concluded National Delegates Conference in Kumasi, the NPP assured supporters that ‘breaking the eight’ will be challenging but possible if they work together. In comparison to the opposition National Democratic Congress, the Vice President noted the NPP has an impressive track record of performance.
The Political Science Lecturer, on the other hand, has a different perspective on winning elections in the country, stating that if the government truly wants to win the next election, it must reconsider its decision on the E-levy.
“We have heard the voices of Ghanaians all over bits and pieces and it gives you a sense of what Ghanaians feel about the bill and it is enough for the representatives to take a position on that. Except that the government’s posture has been something different,”