Fisticuffs in parliament over consideration of e-levy bill, sitting adjourned to Tuesday
Members of Parliament on Monday night clashed during sitting to consider the controversial Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) Bill.
The majority was pushing for the Bill to be passed under a certificate of urgency given the exigencies of time and the “importance” of the Bill and its intent to mobilise massive revenue.
However, the minority cried foul over purported “illegality” should the House heed the majority’s demands as the bill was not accompanied by a letter from either the President or the Finance Minister requesting passage under a certificate of urgency. A case in point, the Student Loan Trust Fund Bill was accompanied by a letter from the Presidency and the Finance Ministry requesting urgent passage.
An attempt to conduct a vote to determine whether the Bill should be passed under a certificate of urgency quickly degenerated into absolute chaos and mayhem. This was occasioned by the first and second deputy speakers taking turns to superintend over the sitting so they could both cast their ballot to ensure a majority.
The Speaker, Alban S.K Bagbin was absent from the chamber the entire time.
Following the restoration of a semblance of sanity, leadership of both sides convened to figure out the way forward.
Subsequently, sitting was adjourned and the House is expected to reconvene later today.
About the Electronic Transaction Levy
The Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) seeks to impose a 1.75% levy on all electronic transactions including mobile money transactions and inward remittances.