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NDC Grabs 137 Parliamentary Seats After Winning Sene-West

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The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has won the controversial Sene West Parliamentary seat in the Bono East region.

Provisional results show that on Thursday, 17 December 2020 the NDC polled 13,116 votes beating the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate by 16 votes after he polled 13,100 votes.

This means the NDC has equalled the NPP’s seat in Parliament.

Both parties now have 137 seats in Parliament with one independent candidate.

But the independent MP-elect of Fomena has opted to sit with the NPP in the eighth parliament.

A court gave the green light for the final ballot box to be counted after it was snatched on election day.

The box was later retrieved and the perpetrator arrested.

After counting the Tator Bator ballot box, the NDC candidate had 275 as against the NPP’s 148 taking the total figures to 13,116 votes for the NDC parliamentary candidate and 13,100 votes for the NPP candidate.

Source: GhanaCNN.com

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NDC MPs Boldly Reject The Reduction Of E-Levy From 1.7% To 1.5%

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NDC MPs Boldly Reject The Reduction Of E-Levy From 1.7% To 1.5%

NDC MPs Boldly Reject The Reduction Of E-Levy From 1.7% To 1.5%

The Minority in Parliament has rejected a reduction of the Electronic Transaction levy to 1.5 per cent from 1.75 per cent.

The latest reduction was tabled during consultations with the minority on Friday after Thursday’s meeting ended inconclusively.

The minority led by its leader Haruna Iddrisu according to Starr News sources rejected the proposal arguing the reduction is negligible.

Starr FM’s Parliamentary correspondent Ibrahim Alhassan reports that the government has now decided to table the E-Levy bill to the plenary later on Friday for a decision to be taken.

Though the E-Levy is not on the agenda of Parliament this week, Starr News has gathered the move to have it taken on Friday is a result of Speaker Alban Bagbin’s decision to travel to the UAE for a medical review this weekend.

The latest reduction in the fee comes after the Government side led by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta maintained the 1.75% rate during earlier negotiations with the minority.

The position of the Finance Minister got the Minority to question the essence of the engagement in the first place.

The Minority side was led by its leader Haruna Iddrisu, Chief whip Muntaka Mubarak and other leaders.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Every Tax Be Tax: We Will Pass E-levy By All Means – Minister for Communication

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Every Tax Be Tax: We Will Pass E-levy By All Means - Minister for Communication

Every Tax Be Tax: We Will Pass E-levy By All Means – Minister for Communication

The Minister for Communication and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, says the e-levy will not erode the gains made in digital transactions as some have suggested.

She’s of the view that the government will raise adequate revenue from the e-levy for national development.

Speaking at the government’s first town hall meeting in the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua on the controversial tax, she likened the public reaction to the E-levy to the Communication Services Tax (CST), arguing that despite the many criticisms and opposition to the CST, also known as ‘talk tax’, it was passed, and its results have been impressive.

She noted that although she was among those against the CST, she has now realized how helpful it has been and strongly believes that the E-levy will follow the same trajectory.

“Our collective experience shows that despite their initial opposition to many of these interventions [including the CST], they’ve proven to be worth the wait,” she said.

The Ablekuma West legislator appealed to the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, and the minority in parliament, to endorse the tax and cooperate with the government in getting it passed.

“I appeal to them [minority] to cooperate with government and work with us to pass this levy as well because ultimately, the result that we got from the Communication Services Tax, which clearly didn’t destroy the industry, will also be evident post-implementation of this levy as we all work collectively to enhance access to and use of digital platforms working with Ministry of Finance to ensure that digital financial services become the norm as we strive to become a cash-lite society.”

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Addo ‘Show Boy’ Donates GHc100,000 To Appiatse Support Fund

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Addo ‘Show Boy’ Donates GHc100,000 To Appiatse Support Fund

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, January 27, 2022, made a personal donation of GHS100,000 to the Appiatse Support Fund which has been established by the Government following the Appiatse explosion incident.

Launching the Fund at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the sector minister, and Member of Parliament for Damongo Constituency, Samuel A. Jinapor, MP, said the purpose of the Fund is to, among others, support the victims of the incident and reconstruct the Appiatse community.

The Minister has also inaugurated a five-member committee, chaired by a former Minister and Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, to manage the fund, with the charge to raise sufficient funds, and supervise its disbursement in accordance with the highest standards of integrity and transparency for the benefit of the Appiatse community.

The Minister later led a Government delegation to inspect the community to begin the process of reconstruction.

With this donation, the President becomes the first person to donate to the Fund.

At a short ceremony at Jubilee House where the donation was made, the President said the incident was an unfortunate one which resulted in loss of life and property, injuries, and the destruction of the entire community.

He said he was deeply saddened by the incident, and, thus, sent the Vice President, and other senior Government officials, to commiserate with the people.

The President expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wished the injured speedy recovery.

He reaffirmed Government’s commitment to pay in full the medical bills of all the injured.

The President also said Government was committed to supporting the victims and rebuilding the community, and hence the establishment of the Fund.

He said the donation was his personal donation, and that Government will support the Fund with the necessary resources to rebuild the community.

The President also said he has tasked the security agencies to conduct full and impartial investigations into the matter, and anyone found culpable will be made to face the law.

He called on all well-meaning Ghanaians and foreigners, as well as corporate Ghana, to donate generously to the Fund to speed up the reconstruction of the community.

Receiving the donation, the Chairperson of the Appiatse Support Fund Committee, Dr. Joyce Aryee thanked the President for the generous gesture.

She said she hoped that the donation by the President will encourage more people to donate to the Fund to support the victims and the reconstruction of the community.

The Appiatse Support Fund was established following an explosion which occurred when a truck carrying explosives for mining was involved in an accident at the town.

Thirteen people died from the incident while over hundred people suffered various degrees of injuries.

The community was razed by the explosion.

Government established the Fund to support the community.

The other members of the Committee that manages the Fund are Tetrete Okuamoah Sakyi II, Omanhene of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area, Mr. Philip Owiredu, Managing Director of Cal Bank, Dr. Antoinette Tsiboe-Darko, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana and Mr. Sulemanu Koney, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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