The introduction of Electronic Transfer Levy by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government as captured in the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy presented to Parliament by Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance has generated a topical debate across the country.
Some personalities in government including communicators of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) believe that, the E-levy Policy on Electronic Transfers is key in transforming the country in the recent times, though a section of the Ghanainan populace have swiftly rejected the Policy.
In a survey of people to statically analyze the policy to guaze wider public opinion, the Honourable Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has conducted a secret vote for his constituents after a non-partisan town hall on the E-Levy.
Ahead of the 8th Parliament’s return from the Christmas break to the House, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa hosted a non-partisan town hall on the E-Levy under the chairmanship of Togbe Azagba at the Royal Masito Hotel, Mepe in his beloved constituency.
After deliberations, they people took a secret vote to determine what should be the mandate Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa as MP for North Tongu.
The secret votes which involved a cross section of the people showed an overwhelming outcome. The results indicates that, a total of three hundred and thirty-one (331) out of 335 representing 98.81% were against the E-Levy while four (4) people representing 1.19% voted in favour of the Policy.
The outcome of the secret vote shows that, most Ghananians especially the people from North Tongu who spoke through a secret vote have unanimously rejected the passage of the E-levy.
In a statement, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa believe that, with this unambiguous instruction of some 98.81%, the message from those who sent him to Parliament is absolutely no tolerance for the obnoxious E-Levy as the House resumes after the break.
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He explained that, the position of the people is the true essence of representative democracy.