MUSIGA Elections: Presidential aspirant seeks injunction to stop process
Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi, a presidential aspirant of the national executive elections of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), has through the High Court, sought to place an injunction on the elections.
In a press statement released by Ras Caleb, he stated that he was not happy about how election issues were handled by the Election Committee.
“As an aspirant, I have been watching the electioneering process with keen interest and I have come to the realisation that there are a lot of beaches in the electoral system especially from the roadmap to the current situation of the voter’s list/notice of musicians,” the statement said.
He added that he does not believe in the credibility of the current Voters Register that has been published.
“Upon long awaiting and pressure from members and aspirants, the list has been released by the election committee purporting to be the voter’s list/ register. I found this to be quite unfortunate if indeed this is what the election committee is going to rely on as voter’s register for this upcoming election,” he further stated.
In the writ of summons sighted by citinewsroom.com, it is seeking a declaration that the current Voters Register, compiled by the Election Committee of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) is not credible and same cannot in its flawed state be used for the conduct of the forthcoming 2019 National Executive Committee MUSIGA Elections to guarantee a fair and transparent outcome.
He also wants the Election Committee to “compile afresh an authentic and credible Voters Register.”
Postponement of elections
Meanwhile, the national elections of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) which were postponed to July 10, 2019, have been rescheduled again.
In a statement released by the union, the main reason for the second postponement is to “enable the Electoral Commission complete its operational and administrative work on the just ended Limited Voter Registration exercise.”
They say this will make the regional directors conduct the election in all the regions.
The elections which were originally scheduled for June 26, 2019, were postponed to July 10 at a meeting by the five-member committee appointed by the union’s National Executive Committee to supervise the pending elections.
According to the chairman of the committee, Smart Nkansah, the decision was based on the feedback the committee has received from the initial release of the voters register for the elections.
He indicated that the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) which would supervise the elections, is currently engaged with the limited registration of voters for the national elections for 2020.
This would be the first time all regions are voting at their respective centres.
Candidates for various positions
Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi, Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi, who is the current President of the Greater Accra Region is contesting legendary musicians, Bessa Simons, who had served as the National Vice President for the past eight years.
Gospel artiste, Rev. Dr Harry Thomas Yawson and CEO of Lynx Entertainment, Richard Karikari Mensah, are contesting for the 1st Vice President position.
Also for the 2nd Vice President slot, gospel artistes, Deborah Freeman and Ruth Benny Wood, known in showbiz circles as Abena Ruthy, are standing against each other.
Sylvia Bosompem Amponsah and Samuel Kofi Agyemang are competing in the General Secretary race.
Gifty Ghansah is vying for the National Welfare Officer, with Rev. Edward Edusa-Eyison eyeing National Treasurer position.
Lastly, Chizzy Nii Adu Wailer is standing for the position of National Organiser.