Gov’t underestimates anger of Ghanaians over unconstitutional e-levy – Ablakwa

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North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said the Akufo-Addo administration is underestimating the anger of Ghanaians with respect to the e-levy implementation.

Following the commencement of the e-levy on Sunday May 1, he said in a tweet that “This is the day the Akufo-Addo government is determined to show Ghanaians and the world just how lawless, undemocratic and tyrannical they are by going ahead to wickedly impose the the unconstitutional e-levy.”

The e-levy policy started today Sunday, May 1.

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) said it has held several technical sessions with charging entities for the e-levy in order to ensure a successful implementation of the policy.

The authority assured the general public that adequate measures have been put in place to make the implementation smooth.

A statement issued on Saturday April 30 said “The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) wishes to inform the public that the implementation of the Electronic Transfer Levy Act (Act1075) will commence on Sunday May 1.

“The GRA has held several technical sessions and engagements with the charging entities on the implementation of the e-levy with the aim of ensuring that the charging entities are in a position to implement the levy by the due date.

“The authority assures the general public that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure the smooth implementation of the levy. We encourage the general public to contact the authority.”

The E-levy was passed by Parliament on Tuesday March 29 after the third reading in the House. The Minority staged a walkout during the second reading. They walked out after their leader Haruna Iddrisu said the NDC MPs remained united in opposing the policy.

On Tuesday April 19 the Minority in Parliament filed an application at the apex court to block the commencement of the e-levy deductions.

Hearing of the application will take place on May 4.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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