Ben Ephson, pollster and managing editor of the Daily Dispatch Newspaper, believes the opposition National Democratic Congress is scared that cash generated by the contentious E-levy, if implemented, could help the NPP keep power in 2024, which is why they are fighting it so hard.
According to him, the Minority’s resistance to the planned fee is perplexing, given that its implementation will harm the ruling party in the next election.
“I’m inclined to assume that the NDC believes that because of the E-advantages, levy’s Ghanaians would declare that things like roads and schools have improved, therefore I’ll vote for the NPP in 2024.”
“The construction of the e-levy.” The NPP would show Ghanaians what the e levy was used for in two and a half years, he said Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Wednesday.
The remark comes after the Clergy paid a visit to former President John Mahama, apparently to beg to him and other NDC MPs to assist the government pass the contentious measure.
Meanwhile, Michael Okyere Baafi, the Member of Parliament for New Juaben South, has urged Ghanaians to switch mobile networks in order to mitigate the effect of the e-levy, if it is enacted.
“You are the one who is responsible for paying the levy.”
For example, if you transfer Ghc200 to your kid at OPASS, you will not be charged tax on the first Ghc100.
As a result, the first hundred cedis are free. You’ll pay the e-levy on the remaining Ghc100. The person who sends is also the one who will pay the fee. Your receiving kid will not have to pay anything. Ghana has a large number of telecommunications firms. MTN, Vodafone, and Airtel Tigo are all available. MTN charges, but Vodafone does not, therefore if you believe MTN is costing too much, switch to Vodafone. Simple”.
On Monday, February 14,2022, the congressman mentioned this during a townhall meeting with market women and taxi drivers in Koforidua about the e-levy. The purpose of the engagement was to explain the nexus of the e-levy law and its advantages to faster growth in more depth.
Should Ghana turn to the Bretton Woods Institution for assistance, the MP has previously warned that the IMF may push the government to abolish the Free Senior High School Policy as part of the conditionalities.
“If we don’t pay the E-levy and go to the World Bank or the IMF for loans, they would urge Akufo-Addo to remove the free SHS, which will harm your children, therefore you must all embrace the E-levy and pay it so it benefits us all,” Okyere Baafi told constituents during a town hall gathering.