• Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

The E-levy will be reviewed when Parliament resumes -Annoh-Dompreh hints

Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annoh-Dompreh, has hinted that the Electronic Transaction Levy rate of 1.75% will be reviewed when the house resumes for the second session.

Members of Parliament were seen on film exchanging punches during the vote on the levy, causing mayhem in parliament. Opponents of the tax policy are calling for a reduction in the rate or the elimination of the tax altogether.

The administration, on the other hand, has not given in to these requests.

Mr. Annoh Dompreh, in an interview with Citi News, stated that all stakeholders have been extensively consulted and that the E-levy will be submitted in a manner that is acceptable to everybody.

“I believe there will be one or two adjustments, primarily due to concerns regarding utility and, most likely, rates.” I’m sure some changes will be made to it. I am not concluding, but based on the intelligence I am gathering and the type of thought the MPs are displaying, I am confident that there will be some form of reform.”

Parliament postponed its session on December 21, 2021, until January 25, 2022, without enacting the contentious 1.75 percent Electronic Transaction Levy.

It came when the parliament reconvened that day after the Second Deputy Speaker, Andrews Asiamah, abruptly suspended sittings after a brawl broke out during the levy vote.

Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader, pleaded with the sit-in Speaker, First Deputy Speaker Joe Osei Owusu, to adjourn the chamber so that cooler heads could prevail.

Parliamentary squabble

The Minority objected to the First Deputy Speaker’s decision to leave the Speaker’s chair for the Second Deputy Speaker to assume command in order for him to participate in voting, and a tussle over the Speaker’s sitting area ensued.

During the incident, hundreds of opposition politicians engaged in fisticuffs with their majority-party counterparts, while some parliament personnel attempted to safeguard the Speaker’s seat and the mace of parliament from attack.

However, before the Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Asiamah, adjourned the meeting, calm returned.

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