Ex President Dramani Mahama was accused of hastily promising to eliminate the e-levy if the National Democratic Congress (NDC) wins the next elections.
Following the implementation of the scheme on Sunday, May 1, Mr Mahama suggested that an NDC government would remove the e-levy.
“We in the NDC do not oppose taxation as a principle. We will not be pretentious and couch fanciful slogans to condemn the principle of taxation like the NPP did in the past. We are, however, implacably opposed to distortionary and burdensome taxes like the e-levy that only force Ghanaians to endure more suffering.
“A new National Democratic Congress Government, God willing and with the votes of the sovereign people of Ghana, will repeal the E-Levy Act in 2025,” he said on Monday, May 2.
The contentious tax began amid widespread outrage.
The NDC was a vocal opponent of the levy’s implementation. It is harsh in their opinion and amounts to double taxation.
After a walkout by the Minority, Parliament approved the bill on Tuesday, March 29.
However, Mr Kwame Jantuah, a private legal practitioner, claims that Mr Mahama, the NDC’s presidential contender in the 2020 elections, stated that the NDC will win both the Presidential and Majority in Parliament elections.
“I don’t know whether he knows what 2024 elections is going to turn out to be. It is not an executive decision to repeal the e-levy, it is parliament. If you don’t have majority in Parliament how do you repeal it?
“In terms of his comments that they will repeal it, it depends on Parliament. ” Mr Jantuah said.