Parliament’s Finance Committee has approved e-levy — Ato Forson

Ranking Member of Parliament’s Finance Committee, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson has said that the controversial electronic levy (E-levy) bill has been approved by Parliament’s Finance Committee.

According to him, the committee which consists of twelve members each from both caucuses in parliament met on Monday, December 21, 2021 to decide the approval of the e-levy bill.

The meeting ended in some rounds of votes where in all instances the 12 members of the minority side voted against them but the Chairman used his right under casting vote and voted in favor for the committee to consider the e-levy under a certificate of urgency.

Mr. Ato Forson speaking to the media said the Minority urged the government to meet various stakeholders who have kicked against the implementation of the e-levy including the Telecommunication Chamber and listen to their concerns.

“We believed that at the minimum, meet with them and listen to them. The NPP Majority in parliament said they do not believe that… You can see clearly a government that is not ready to listen. A government that is determined to push the agenda regardless of its impact on the people of Ghana. The Chairman decided to exercise his right under the casting vote and voting in favour for us to consider the e-levy under a certificate of urgency, without understanding the need for us to listen clearly to the people that have issued press releases and others that have submitted memoranda to parliament.

“We are sad, not only because we lost, but we felt that the NPP does not believe in democracy and if they are determined to do something, they want to push regardless of the cost,” he said.