Minority caucus in parliament issues statement to overrule Haruna Iddrisu’s 1% E-Levy comment

The Minority in Parliament has issued a statement to overrule its leader Haruna Iddrisu’s claim that a reduction of the controversial E-Levy in the 2022 budget from 1.75% to 1% is acceptable.

Minority caucus in parliament issues statement to overrule Haruna Iddrisu’s 1% E-Levy comment

Haruna Iddrisu made the comment during a meeting with the Chamber of Telecommunication Companies.

He also said at the same meeting that his side of the legislature has proposed that the GHC100 exemption from the E-Levy to be imposed on all electronic transactions be increased to GHC300.

However, a statement signed by Chief Whip Muntaka said that the minority caucus has not changed its initial position on the matter.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the position of the NDC Caucus in Parliament right from the outset of the 2022 Budget debate has been that the 1.75% E-Levy government is seeking to impose is regressive, punitive and draconian, and that same must be suspended,” the statement reiterated.

Read the full statement below:

THE POSITION OF THE NDC CAUCUS IN PARLIAMENT ON THE 1.75% E-LEVY PROPOSED BY GOVERNMENT IN THE 2022 BUDGET STATEMENT.

The NDC Caucus in Parliament wishes to assure Ghanaians that it will continue to use every legitimate and lawful channel to resist the 1.75% E-Levy government is seeking to impose on the ordinary Ghanaian.

For the avoidance of doubt, the position of the NDC Caucus in Parliament right from the outset of the 2022 Budget debate has been that the 1.75% E-Levy government is seeking to impose is regressive, punitive and draconian, and that same must be suspended.

The Minority Caucus has vigorously championed this position in Parliament and in the media space to draw Government’s attention to our demands.

Subsequent to our rejection of the Budget on 26th November, 2021, government has sought to engage the NDC Caucus in a series of discussions towards finding an amicable solution to the impasse.

Surprisingly despite the good faith demonstrated by the NDC team recognising the importance of the Budget to the economy, business and households, the government side out-rightly rejected our proposal for a revision of the E-levy leading to a breakdown of the discussions.

We wish to state unequivocally that no concrete decision or agreement has been reached between government and the NDC Caucus in Parliament on this matter.

As we speak, government’s so-called concessions are unknown to us and we have no clear indication that they intend to seriously consider any of the proposals that have come up.

Under the circumstance we wish to state that the NDC Caucus will maintain its original position as stated earlier.

Signed,

Hon. Muntaka Mubarak

MP for Asawase and Chief Whip.

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