The Majority in Parliament has said that the Electronic Transaction Levy (e-levy) will be approved with or without the presence of the Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya, Adwoa Safo.
The Dome Kwabenya MP since the resumption of Parliament this year has failed to show up in the chamber.
This has led to concerns that the NPP is unable to champion government’s agenda because of the shortfall in their numbers.
But the Deputy Majority Whip, Habib Iddrisu has denied that the absence of the Dome Kwabenya MP is negatively impacting on their numbers.
In an interview with JoyNews on Thursday, he confirmed that the revised bill will reduce the levy from 1.75% to 1.50% and added that it will not be tabled before the House tomorrow due to the ongoing townhall meetings.
“The e-levy will definitely be approved because it is something that is very necessary for the development of this country. It is something that is very necessary so that government will be able to develop,” he said.
The Tolon MP also argued that those demonstrating against the e-levy do not reflect the views of the over 30 million Ghanaians. He insists the government will not back down on the levy.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Majority whip further observed that a future NDC government will increase the rate of the levy.
He was responding to the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Aseidu Nketia who said his party will scrap the levy when elected into office.
“If there was a case the NDC will come to power they will not scrap it …If it was NDC who had won the 2020 election, they were bringing e-levy at 5% and they had done 17% of VAT. They would have done e-levy and no demonstration or any consultation would have been done.”
According to him, the NDC is protesting because of the numbers of the Majority in Parliament as compared to that of the Minority, adding that they don’t care about Ghanaians.