The Supreme Court by a 7- 0 unanimous ruling on Wednesday, 4th May, 2022 threw out the National Democratic Congress suit against the recently implemented electronic levy.
Three minority Members of Parliament, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu (minority leader), Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa (Member of Parliament for North Tongu) and Hon. Mahama Ayariga (Bawku Central Member of Parliament) filed a suit at the Supreme Court praying that the court prevents government from implementing E- levy as scheduled on 1st May. Lawyers of the above mentioned petitioners argued that the Ghana Revenue Authority and government did not seek the opinion of public before implementing.
They further argued that this tax component will add more burden to Ghanaians and businesses will also suffer great loses. The Attorney General in his defense of the bill told court that NDC’ s case is baseless and not enough to stop the implementation of E Levy.
Moreover the petitioners couldn’ t give enough reasons beyond doubt to support their claims. As a matter of fact, unanimous ruling Presiding Judge Nene Amegatcher reading the judgment noted that the nature of the relief sought by the minority is null and void.
This means that government can continue collecting E- levy which has started alrer. Although the injunction has been thrown out by the Supreme Court, North Tongu NDC Member of Parliament, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has emphasized that the minority will not stop fighting against E- levy. According to him, they will keep opposing it.
Though our injunction application was denied, we take solace in the order of the Supreme Court to the GRA to ensure that they keep adequate records for a possible mass refund to all Ghanaians in the event that we succeed with our substantive case for JUSTICE sake, we fight on!.