Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta has given indications that the e-Levy Bill may be withdrawn from Parliament by Friday, 11 February 2022.
This comes on the heels of the government’s two town hall meetings in the Eastern and Western regions to engage Ghanaians on the proposed tax policy.
After it is withdrawn, the bill is expected to be reintroduced on Tuesday, 15 February 2022, a statement from parliament revealed.
The statement said the “Finance Minister has, therefore, given indication after his nationwide engagement with the citizenry on the Bill of the likelihood of the withdrawal of the Bill and the reintroduction of same on Friday, 11 February 2022 barring any unforeseen circumstances.”
It continued: “Speaker, after the withdrawal and reintroduction of the Bill, the Business Committee would, programme the Bill for consideration during the course of the Fourth Week of this meeting and members are therefore encouraged to participate fully in the consideration of the Bill for the passing of good piece of legislation for the benefit of all.”
Meanwhile, the Minority in Parliament has raised concerns about the withdrawal of the bill and its reintroduction.
“If our colleagues from the majority want us to have certainty, if you’re withdrawing, come and withdraw now and tell us that you’ll come back with the business so that we know that the business is not in the House”.
“But so long as you leave it lingering and using words like ‘likelihood’, ‘unforeseen circumstances, for us in the minority, the only conclusion is that you’re trying to lay ambush on us,” the minority said.