The flagbearer of the Convention Peoples Party, Ivor kobina Greenstreet has stated that he will replace the communication service tax with an ad valorem tax on phone units.
Mobile telecom companies began to charge customers the newly adjusted Communication Service Tax (CST) also known as ‘Talk tax’ from October 1, 2019.
A statement by the Ghana Chamber of Telecoms stated that the 9 percent tax will be borne fully by consumers.
The increase in the CST was announced by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta in his 2019 mid-year budget.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Mr. Greenstreet stated that he will scrap the communication service tax completely and also try to gain revenue from the multinational telcos.
“Certainly, one thing we want to do is get rid of the communication tax altogether and replace it with an ad valorem tax on phone units. I believe each phone has a unique referencing number. We will want to look at our natural infrastructure that these telcos operate to see how we can generate more utilization of that infrastructure for social benefits in different sectors as well as also creating revenue.”
CPP’s ‘electric shock’ campaign slogan not a gimmick – Ivor Greenstreet
Ivor Greenstreet also used the opportunity to clarify the rationale behind his “electric shock” campaign slogan. He insisted that the slogan is not a gimmick.
According to him, unless voters give the NDC and NPP an “electric shock” by voting for the CPP, things in the country will continue to be the same.
“We keep hearing Ghanaians complain that they are tired of NPP and NDC because all they see is argumentation, lack of improvement in the lives, lack of opportunities for their children to get employed, great difficulty in accessing welfare and the expense and quality of it. And so they will be asking themselves a lot of question when they see two large political parties praising themselves and arguing over so-called infrastructure when in their own circumstances they don’t see them.”
“Therefore, that shock is not just a gimmick, yes we have grabbed people’s attention but the actual simple reality is unless they [Ghanaians] give the NPP and the NDC the ‘electric shock’, nothing will change and that status quo will continue,” he added.