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GHAMRO sets aside governing board after High Court nullifies elections

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The Ghana Music Rights Organisation has set aside its newly elected governing board after an Accra High Court nullified the elections.

Speaking on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, on Wednesday, the CEO of GHAMRO, Abraham Adjatey stated that members of the board have laid down their tools.

“They cannot put themselves out as the board per the ruling. I have sent an appropriate message to all of them, so now I address them as former board members. They have all agreed because it is the Court ruling. Nobody is taking it in any bad way,” Mr Adjatey said.

He told the host, Sammy Forson, that GHAMRO is expected to return to court on August 11 for a final ruling on the substantive case.

Explaining how the institution’s elections were set aside, he said that about a year ago some members took GHAMRO to court after they expressed some dissatisfaction with the board and electoral process.

He said after the case was presented to the court the request for an injunction was thrown out. However, after that, the plaintiff filed an appeal and requested the electoral processes be put on hold until the trial ends.

The Court, Mr. Adjatey said, upheld that request but GHAMRO was not served hence they blindly went ahead to conduct the elections.

Mr. Adjatey said that “if I was served I believe that by this time contempt will be raised against me. So at the Court yesterday (Tuesday) we were told that once a judgement is not given and you are in the right to do the elections, but if there is a counter request for an appeal you need to hold on.”

“So, as a result, the processes that we undertook, which includes the elections, the court ordered us to set it aside so that the case can continue. So it is actually a continuation of the case coming off on August 11.”

His comment comes after reports went rife that GHAMRO’s elections were set aside because they dismissed an interlocutory injunction placed on the board’s elections.

But, Mr. Adjatey said that the reports are false and there was no injunction placed on GHAMRO.

Meanwhile, he noted that just because the board has been set aside does not mean GHAMRO’s job ceases.

He said that Management is working to ensure the music rights owners get their due.

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