The countdown is on for the first ever elections for the Ghana Music Rights Owners (GHAMRO) organization. According to the Administrator of GHAMRO Abraham Adjetey, the elections will be held on December 8 after the first ever Annual General Meeting of music rights owners in Ghana. Since the organization was formed three years ago, it has not held a single AGM nor elections.
The elections will be followed by a handing over ceremony by the Receiver Manager Committee to the elected board on December 15 with the inauguration ceremony taking place a week later on December 22.
Speaking on Breeze 90.9 FM Mr Adjetey said all is set for the elections and the list of eligible voters will be released in the coming week. In answer to a question as to the basis for the elections, he indicated that the Receiver Managers are working with the current GHAMRO constitution which sets out the basis for an election in the organization.
A hundred musicians took GHAMRO to court for failing to hold elections nor an AGM among other reasons and the Human Rights court placed an injunction on the then board led by Carlos Sakyi to refrain from carrying themselves as such and appointed a five member body to act as receiver managers.
The receiver managers are Nana Aboagye Da Costa and Okyeame Kwame both musicians and Enoch Adjepong a producer. Others are Paa Kow Acquaye of the Attorney General’s Department and Lawyer Habada of the Copyright office.
The receiver managers mandate expires in December. Meanwhile some members of the ex board led by Carlos Sakyi have filed an appeal against the court ruling.