Parliament, by a majority vote, Friday approves the 2021 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government

Out of the 275-member House, 143 voted aye and 137 nay after the results of a voice vote, in favour of ayes. The 2021 Budget seeks to carefully balance fiscal consolidation and facilitate the recovery of our economy following the pandemic. There were heated debated on the statement for more than three days by the respective sides.

The Minority Side managed to push the voting to head counts but lost it to the Majority by three votes as three of their members were not at the plenary to vote on Friday, 19th March, 2021. The motion was accordingly adopted and carried out and the Budget Statement was discussed and debated for over three days. The Deputy Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu accused the Government of misreporting some of the economic figures.

He called for more clarity on the one per cent increase in the National Health Insurance Service Levy, and other taxes introduced in the 2021 Budget as well as Betting and gaming levy, Energy Sector Levy of 20 pesewas per litre on fuel, review of road tolls, Sanitation and Pollution Levy and Financial Sector cleanup levy. He vowed to reject them if the details were not provided.

Mr Affenyo-Markin, Deputy Majority Leader and MP for Effutu Constituency, thumbed-up the Government for successfully implementing some of its flagship programmes.

Kobby Koomson
Author: Kobby Koomson

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