The Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) has announced that it will hold an Emergency General Meeting at the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi (Quarshie Idun Hall) on Monday, 19th April 2021.
This decision has been occasioned by calls from the membership of the society nationwide, in accordance with Section 6.6.(1) of the GHAMRO constitution.
A Committee was elected at the Annual Congress held at the General Assembly in Kumasi on October 14, 2020, to oversee the elections in March 2021 and swear in a new Board.
In the course of the subsequent process, twelve aspirants picked forms to contest, out of which three persons were disqualified after the vetting, on the grounds of having contested on two consecutive terms further to Section 4.4(2) of the new constitution which states that “a member of the Board may be re-elected for another term but not more than two consecutive terms.”
Following the petition by the three disqualified members to the Board, it was decided that the Committee should allow all aspirants to compete in an open contest to avoid any legal action that may delay the process. The Election Committee however stuck to its decision, during which period the Board also exited after its term expired and handed over to Management.
This situation was the result of the postponement of the election on three occasions.
Subsequently, Management met with the Election Committee on the 25th of March 2021 and the 6th of April 2021 on a roadmap and wrote to the Attorney General for assistance for the interpretation and application of provisions 4.4. of the constitution.
Having regard to ensuring a good corporate process, with respect to congress appointing an interim Board to approve operational and administrative costs, coupled with the calls by members, Management has opted in response to Section 6.6(2), to organize the Extra-Ordinary General Meeting as indicated.
The agenda of the meeting as published in the Daily Graphic of the 13th April 2021, is to report the state of the Society to congress, appoint an interim body to approve expenditure, and for the Election Committee to update the congress.