Director of Local Governance at the Presidency, Dennis Miracles Aboagye has said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) does not have the credibility to repeal the e-levy as they want to if they win the election.
He stated that the NDC opposed the Communication Service Tax (CST) in 2007 but when they won the 2008 elections, they actually increased the CST.
“What you need to be able to repeal a law is credibility which the NDC doesn’t have. If you have credibility you can get both sides to support it,” he said on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday May 7.
“They don’t have the credibility to repeal the e-levy if they come to power in 2032.” he stressed.
His comments come after South Dayi Member of Parliament, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, said it will not be a daunting task to repeal the e-levy if the NDC wins the 2024 general elections,
He said the policy will be abolished in the first month of 2025, January.
Speaking on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday May 7, he said “e-levy will be easy to repeal. We will do it first day of business in January 2025.”
This was after a private legal practitioner Mr Kwame Jantuah told Former President John Dramani Mahama that amending or repealing laws in Ghana is not the function of the Executive rather Parliament.
Mr Jantuah said Mr Mahama made a promise to remove the e-levy if the NDC wins power, as though he knew how the 2024 elections would turn out.
He further stated that in case the NDC wins the presidential election and does not win majority in Parliament, this promise will not be achieved, hence Ghanaians will be disappointed.
“I don’t know whether he knows what 2024 elections is going to turn out to be. It is not an executive decision to repeal the e-levy, it is parliament. If you don’t have majority in Parliament how do you repeal it?
“In terms of his comments that they will repeal it, it depends on Parliament. He spoke a little too soon,” Mr Jantuah said on the New Day on TV3 Friday May 6.
Announcing the NDC’s decision to abolish the policy, Mr Mahama said “We in the NDC do not oppose taxation as a principle. We will not be pretentious and couch fanciful slogans to condemn the principle of taxation like the NPP did in the past. We are, however, implacably opposed to distortionary and burdensome taxes like the e-levy that only force Ghanaians to endure more suffering.”
“A new National Democratic Congress Government, God willing and with the votes of the sovereign people of Ghana – in 2025 – will repeal the E-Levy Act,” he said while delivering an address titled “Ghana at Crossroad” on Monday May 2.
The controversial levy started on Sunday May 1 amidst public outcry.
The NDC heavily opposed the introduction of the levy. In their view, it is punitive and amounts to double taxation. The bill was passed by Parliament on Tuesday March 29 after the Minority staged a walkout.
They walked out after their leader Haruna Iddrisu said the NDC MPs remained united in opposing the policy.
On Tuesday April 19 they filed an application at the Supreme Court to block the commencement of the e-levy deductions but the Supreme Court dismissed the application on Wednesday May 4.
Following the dismissal, the Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Godfred Dame told the NDC lawmakers who filed the injunction application that applicants do not go to court based on speculations and conjecture.
In his view, available records in Parliament showed that the House had the required number of members present in approving the e-levy.
“You do not go to court with speculations and conjecture, you go to court on firm evidence….The applicants were unable to demonstrate any form of irregularity,” he told journalists in Accra after the Supreme Court dismissed the application against the e-levy.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana