Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance, has asked the Minority to abandon their resistance to the e-levy.

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He dismissed allegations that some National Democratic Congress (NDC) members had filed a lawsuit against the levy in the Supreme Court, saying it was unnecessary.

“Well, we operate a democracy, anyone at all can run to court when they have an issue, and then it is finally resolved. Similarly, the Minority has the power to head to Court if they have an issue. There is nothing dramatic about it.”

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“We believe there was a quorum in Parliament. Your walking out does not mean there was no quorum. You could have gone for lunch and come back, who knows? We are pleased with the outcome of the proceedings. I think the nation is settled, there is generally calm. People have come to accept it and are moving on with their lives,” he claimed.

Three minority MPs, led by Haruna Iddrisu, have launched a lawsuit at the Supreme Court, questioning the constitutionality of parliament’s decision.

The NDC MPs claim that the tax policy decision was made without a quorum, as required by article 104, clause 1 of the 1992 constitution.

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The Minority also accused the clerk of Parliament of tampering with the attendance sheet before to the bill’s approval.

On the floor of Parliament, the Minority Chief Whip claimed that some NDC legislators were left off the attendance list.

“I can say on record that, except for Hon. James Quayson, MP for Assin North, every single member on our side was in the house. [All the other members claimed to be absent] were in this house” he said.

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He further described it as an “unforgivable error” and “a deliberate mistake” the omission of the walkout staged by the Minority in the official parliamentary document.


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