Music of Tuesday, 10 February 2015
An Accra High Court on Tuesday dismissed an application brought by Highlife musician Gyedu Blay Ambolley and others seeking an injunction on the upcoming Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) elections.
The court said there was no justification for the injunction and that the plaintiffs did not demonstrate sufficiently, how they will suffer any personal loss if the elections were to proceed.
GHAMRO is expected to hold elections on Wednesday, February 11 to elect new board members to man the affairs of the music rights body.
Gyedu Blay Ambolley, C.K. Morrison and Ama Afriyie went to court in a last minute attempt to halt the elections which are due to take place in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale Wednesday.
The three argued that the current GHAMRO Board which is organizing the elections has no locus to do so because its mandate has elapsed and that sufficient notice was not given for the elections.
Justice Antony Oppong, the judge hearing the case, however rejected their argument and ordered the elections to proceed as planned.
He said the plaintiffs’ suit was without merit.
Claims by the plaintiffs that their names had been taken out of the GHAMRO register was disproved in court.
Interim Administrator of the GHMARO board, Abraham Nuetey Adjatey (Agya Abraham), who was at High Court 10 for the hearing, told Myjoyonline.com that, “they brought a suit against GHAMRO and the Receiver Managers to injunct the process of the elections. The elections which is supposed to put a substantive board in place.”
“I am on authority [stating] that the elections will come on and there is nothing to stop this elections,” he stressed.
The plaintiffs had earlier gone to Court 12 to try to seek an injunction on the elections which was thrown out.
In late January, the Police arrested Ekow Micah, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, C.K. Morrison, Ama Afriyie and Akosua Agyapong after they illegally locked up the offices of GHAMRO on January 23.
The police instructed them to open the office and advised them to result to the courts if they have any grievances against GHAMRO.
GHAMRO has for more than a year been bedeviled with series of controversies forcing the Human Rights in July 2014 to order the board led by Carlos Sakyi to step aside.