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Passage Of E-Levy Bill Illegal, Unconstitutional — Minority | Politics

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The Minority Caucus in Parliament has described the passage of the Electronic Transfer Levy (E-Levy) Bill, 2021, as illegal and unconstitutional.

It stated that the Minority was convinced that Parliament, led by the Majority Caucus, had less than 138 members to approve the bill and therefore described the approval as “a charade”.

“We are convinced that this Parliament, guided by the Supreme Court’s decision on Justice Abdulai and the Attorney-General, the Majority, following the walkout of the Minority, did not constitute a voting quorum as required by Article 104 of the Constitution,” it said.

Challenging decision

Addressing a press conference in Parliament after the passage of the bill Tuesday [March 29, 2022], the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said the Majority of less than
137 conducting business only proceeded on illegal and unconstitutional business.

“Parliament did not have the numbers to take any decision that should be binding on Parliament and Ghanaians.

“Immediately after this briefing, we intend to file to question the legitimacy of the decision of less than one half of Parliament taking a decision to approve E-Levy at
the second reading following our walkout and at the second reading of the bill,” he said.

Why walkout

Explaining the decision by the Minority to leave the Chamber, Mr Iddrisu said: “We simply walked out to disenable them from having the voting quorum.
 
“They were simply less than 137 because everybody in the world and Ghana knows the honourable Adwoa Safo was not present and therefore they had 136.

“Additionally, we know that there was an ambulance within the precincts of Parliament but the person who purported to have been in the ambulance was not present in the Chamber for the purpose of exercising a vote,” he said.

Mr Iddrisu, therefore, said every decision that the Majority took with 136 members “flies as a sin against the ruling of the Supreme Court.”

Per the Supreme Court, Article 104 (1), which touched on voting exclusively on matters to be determined in Parliament, “Matters in Parliament shall be determined by the votes of majority of members present and voting at least with half of all the Members of Parliament present.”
 
He, therefore, argued that during the second reading of the bill, the Majority did not have Members of Parliament present per the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Surprise

The Minority boycotted sitting after a debate on the bill had been concluded and a question was to be put on motion for the House to adopt the Finance Committee’s report in supporting the second reading of the bill.

The Minority argued that they did not endorse the second reading of the bill which would pave the way for the consideration of the E-Levy and subsequent third reading prior to its approval.

The Minority Leader had complained that it had been taken by surprise by the unexpected consideration of the E-Levy Bill.

The E-Levy was not listed in Parliament’s business statement for this week.

The Speaker, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, indicated earlier that he had no idea the bill had been tabled for discussion yesterday and was shocked when it was moved.

“When you keep on giving surprises to the Speaker, the Speaker will also give you surprises,” he warned.

He also described the Minority’s walkout as also shocking but added that it would not affect the course of proceedings.

“The movement of the motion was a surprise and the walkout is another surprise,” the Speaker said.

E-Levy

The levy, which was amended from 1.75 per cent to 1.5 per cent, will be a tax on electronic transactions, which includes mobile-money payments.

The charge will apply to electronic transactions that are more than GH¢100 on a daily basis.

Source: graphiconline.com

 

 

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Overnight Achievers; Ablakwa, Kwakye Ofosu, Sammy Awuku, Eugene Arhin, Et Al ‘Stealing’ Wealth From State Coffers – Maurice Ampaw Alleges  | Politics

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Controversial Lawyer, Maurice Ampaw says some ‘babies in diapers’ have in a short period become ‘millionaires’ – something they would have struggled to achieve if they did not venture into politics.
 
According to him, politics in Ghana has become the fastest way for just any ordinary person to become rich.
 
He named the likes of Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Okudzeto Ablakwa, NDC’s Felix Kwakye Ofosu, the National Youth Organiser of the NPP, Henry Nana Boakye, Director General, National Lottery Authority, Sammy Awuku among others who have suddenly become “rich” with their involvement into politics.
 
Lawyer Ampaw argued that the acquisition of wealth among some young politicians in the country is alarming – he, however, called on the office of the Special Prosecutor (SP) to investigate them to save the public purse.
 
“We know them, you don’t need lawyer Ampaw to mention names. Their quest to be MPs and acquisition of properties is mind-blowing. They are overnight achievers; they have not suffered enough.”
 
“Someone like Okudzeto Ablakwa, Felix Kwakye Ofosu among others have done nothing in life but rich now, we saw the lavish wedding by Okudzeto Ablakwa in this country. Where did he get the money from as a university graduate with no working experience?”
 
“I have known Okudzeto Ablakwa from years back. He couldn’t even afford to pay for his car maintenance. He was nobody but when he entered politics, things changed drastically. As I speak, his new mansion in his hometown is more than a palace,” he claimed.
 
Lawyer Ampaw further said the Nana Addo-led government is also breeding ‘young yet powerful’ politicians who are stealing from his government.
 
“Who is Sammy Awuku, ‘boys abr3’? a lot of them, what have they done in life. Nana B, Asenso and the rest. They are a lot them, right from university they entered politics and are rich now,” he said in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show, ‘Ghana Montie’, Thursday, 19th May 2022.
 
Lawyer Ampaw, who was discussing the Special Prosecutor’s role to protect the public purse told host, Akwasi Aboagye that – “All these boys from Mahama’s time to President Nana Addo’s time must be investigated on how they are making their money.”
 
“There are so many things happening in this country. People are stealing from the state,” he lamented.
 
“Someone like Eugene Arhin [Director of communications at the office of the president], Jesus Christ, what has he done in life?” he questioned.

Source: King Edward Ambrose Washman Addo/peacefmonline.com/ghana

 

 

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Majority Chief Whip Urges Western World Not To Be Passive In Geo-politics of The World | Politics

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The Majority Chief Whip and MP for Nsawam/Adoagyiri constituency, Hon Frank Annoh-Dompreh has urged the western world not to be passive in the geo-politics of the world especially Africa.

He observed that anytime the western world became passive in global political affairs, autocratic countries such as China and Russia increased their activities to fill the vacuum created by the passive posture of the western world.

The Majority Chief Whip was speaking at the German-African Conference of Parliamentarians 2022, held in Berlin Germany.

The programme was on the theme “Africa and Europe in the age of a new geopolitical rivalry and how to improve bilateral cooperation in the light of the new EU-Africa strategy adopted in February 2022”.

Representatives from Africa and Europe attended the conference.

Frank Annoh-Dompreh also urged African countries to focus on their priorities and harness their natural resources towards national development.

He also urged citizens of Africa to hold their governments accountable in order to make them take decisions in the best interest of the people.

Source: Emmanuel Akorli/Parliamentary Correspondent/Peace FM

 

 

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Drama Unfolds As NPP Aspirant Cries For Votes | Politics

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DRAMA UNFOLDED when an aspirant for the Ashanti Regional Second Vice Chairman position of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Oscar Riches, burst into tears whilst he was campaigning for votes.

Affectionately called ‘Ghana Beye Yie’, Oscar was addressing the Effiduase Asokore Constituency executives of the NPP to solicit their votes, when he started to cry on Monday.

Ghana Beye Yie, who had then been given the platform to announce his campaign message to the NPP delegates, turned emotional whilst he was pleading with the delegates to support his bid.

According to him, he loved the NPP so much with his whole heart and so was only seeking the chance to be elected as the party’s regional second vice chairman so he could serve his beloved NPP.

In the course of his address, Ghana Beye Yie became emotional as he went down on his knees and started to cry uncontrollably, begging and pleading with the delegates to give him the chance to serve.

The NPP man’s shocking action, reportedly, made the NPP delegates present also emotional. Some of the delegates even consoled Ghana Beye Yie to stop crying and assured him of their votes.

After he had been consoled, Ghana Beye Yie continued with his statement, stressing that the NPP is the suitable political party to lead the country into affluence, so the party should stay in power.

According to him, election 2024 would be dicey and therefore the NPP should vote for patriotic, visionary and hardworking people like him to help the party to hang onto political power in 2024.

 

Source: Daily Guide

 

 

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