By Bubu Klinogo
There is still deadlock over the controversial Electronic Transfer E-Levy Bill. A meeting between the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta and the Minority in Parliament could not achieve any results as there was no shift in position from either side.
The Minority NDC insists on its zero tolerance for the levy.
GBC gathers that contrary to the earlier indication that the Bill is scheduled for consideration next week, it will rather be tabled Friday, January 28, 2022.
Sources indicate this is to ensure that the Bill is taken when the Speaker, Alban Bagbin is presiding. Mr. Bagbin is scheduled to leave the country on Sunday for Dubai for two weeks for another medical review. This will mean that he will not be available for the next two weeks, leaving one of his Deputies to preside, with its implications on voting rights.
An attempt by the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu, who was then presiding, to vote on issues relating to the E-Levy led to a brawl and fisticuffs in the House late last year, forcing Parliament to adjourn, without passing the Bill.