The Parliament of the Republic of Ghana has passed the controversial e-levy bill which has become a headache for Ghanaians for some time now since it was introduced in the 2022 budget in the last quarter of 2021.
Parliament has been divided on the issue of this particular bill since it was first spoken about and the NDC side of the house has stood against it from the very onset until its passage on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
The levy was initially introduced to Ghana at a rate of 1.75% but for the stance of the minority in parliament, consideration has been made and the current rate of 1.5% was adopted duly.
According to the minority in parliament, the bill will bring so much hardship on Ghanaians who are already finding it difficult in the current economic setting. The side accused the majority of smuggling the bill into the Order Paper since before sitting down, it wasn’t part of it.
In order not to have anything to do with the said bill, the minority side stages a walkout led by the minority leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu and upon their departure, the speaker called for a voice vote.
His last words were; “Honourable members, the Electronic Transfer Levy Bill 2021 duly read the third time and passed,” the Speaker said.