The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has served notice the Electronic Transfer Levy will be scrapped within the first 100 days of its government if it is passed by the current administration.
General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia told journalists in Accra on Thursday that this is a pledge he is making on behalf of his party in the unlikely situation the Eighth Parliament passes the bill.
The introduction of the bill in the 2022 budget statement in November, 2021 has stirred controversy, on a couple of occasions leading to heated exchanges between the Majority and the Minority in Parliament.
On Monday, December 20, 2021, there were near-fisticuffs in the chamber after the Finance Committee submitted the motion on the e-levy bill under a certificate of urgency.
Speaking at the start of Thursday’s Yentua Demo, meant to express displeasure against the e-levy, Mr Asiedu Nketia insisted that his party, if it reclaims power in 2025, will not stop at anything to abolish the “nuisance” tax.
This same sentiments were expressed by Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram Constituency Sam Nartey George.
“Well, I am glad my General Secretary has said it. People have been asking and you are hearing it today,” he told Media General‘s Johnnie Hughes at Obra Spot, the converging point of the Yentua Demo.
“We have made a pledge to the Ghanaian people [that] when the NDC comes into power, in the first 100 days we will abolish it because it is a nuisance tax.”