By Beatrice Oppon
Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu and two other MPs, Mahama Ayariga and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa have filed an injunction against the implementation of the E-levy. The three are praying the Supreme Court to restrain the Ghana Revenue Authority, GRA, from going ahead with the planned implementation of the E-Levy from next month until the final determination of their suit challenging the Constitutionality of its passage by Parliament.
In a writ, the applicants claim that millions of people will suffer irreparable damage if its implementation is not put on hold pending the determination of their substantive suit where they are seeking the Court to declare the passage of the Bill by Parliament as unconstitutional and therefore null and void.
It is their case that the constitutional quorum for decision-making and voting in Parliament under the Constitution is 138 MPs and not the 136 members present at the time of voting to pass the E-levy.
In the writ for the injunction, the applicants claim that the GRA would be unable to reimburse the millions who would have paid the E-Levy in case the court nullifies its passage.
They also claim that there are serious and weightier Constitutional matters that need to be determined by the Court and it is therefore just and convenient that the implementation of the E-levy is temporarily frozen by the Court.