Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram Constituency, Hon. Samuel Nartey George has reacted to recent allegations from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) about the existence of an E-levy in the 2020 Manifesto of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

According to him, the NDC had absolutely no intention of introducing an E-levy like some members of the NPP are alleging.

The Ningo-Prampram lawmaker noted that he is very conversant with the text of the digital initiatives the NDC sought to implement under their next government because he was privileged to work with some very fine brains and Seniors on the ICT subcommittee of the 2020 NDC manifesto team.

“I have seen copious references made to paragraph 8.7(c) on page 99 of the 2020 People’s Manifesto and an attempt to suggest that what we described as “a uniform transaction fee policy to guide the electronic payments industry” was a dream to introduce something similar to the obnoxious e-Levy. Nothing could be further away from the truth,” he stated.

According to him, “even as we speak today, there is no uniformity of transaction fees across various EMI platforms.”

“Transacting the same value of money could attract a cost of 0% to as high as 1.5% depending on the platform being used for payment. It is this disparity across the electronics payments industry that we sought to implement,” he added.

“A quick check with my notes and the attached memorandum to the main committee that contained our technical justifications for our policy proposals would show that we were actually disposed to a uniform 0% transaction fee across the various platforms for on-net transactions and a much lower rate for interconnect transactions.”

He believes that “it is lazy thinking, poor logic and crass incompetence for anyone with the slightest technical understanding to equate both policies.”

He further added that “the obnoxious e-Levy is the baggage of the NPP and they should answer to the people of Ghana and stop looking for a witchcraft mate.”



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