COME Wednesday, June 26, the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) will go to the polls to elect new executives who will lead the Union for the next four years.
And according to the five-member committee supervising the elections, they are satisfied with how clean the campaign has been.
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Speaking with Graphic Showbiz on Tuesday, June 18,2019 about preparations for the upcoming election, Hip Hop artiste, Trigmatic, who spoke on behalf of the Committee said they had not received complaints of personal attacks and character assassination from any candidate yet.
He said even though members of the committee have not keenly followed campaigns of aspirants since the laws bars them from that, if there were issues with the campaign, they would have come to their table.
“By the rules, we are not supposed to be part of any campaign or support any candidate so we have not been strongly monitoring but I can say that it has been clean so far.
"Yes, there will be few supporters who might go overboard but as we speak now, we’ve not had any official complaints from aspirants,” he stated.
MUSIGA set up a five-member committee made up of Smart Nkansah (Chairman), Former MUSIGA president, Diana Hopeson as secretary to supervise the upcoming elections.
"The rest of the members are Rev. Dr Mary Ghansah, Lawyer Jonathan Cudjoe of GHAMRO and Trigmatic.
According to Trigmatic, the elections will be held in all regional capitals with supervision by the Electoral Commission of Ghana in line with the amended MUSIGA Constitution which stipulates that all paid up card-bearing members are eligible to vote.
There are eleven candidates vying for various positions with veteran musician and current Vice President of MUSIGA, Bessa Simons, and Ghanaian Reggae artiste, Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi aspiring to succeed outgoing MUSIGA President, Bice Osei Kuffuor aka Obour.
Gospel artiste, Rev. Dr. Harry Thomas Yawson and Richard Karikari Mensah popularly known as Richie of Lynx Entertainment are vying for the Ist Vice President Position.
Gospel artiste, Ruth Benny Wood also known as Abena Ruthy and Deborah Freeman are contesting for the 2nd Vice President while Sylvia Bosompem Amposah and Samuel Kofi Agyeman battle for the General Secretary position.
The rest are Gifty Ghansah (National Welfare Officer), Rev Edward Edusa-Eyison (National Treasurer) and Chizzy Nii Adu Wailer (National Organiser).
The two contestants vying for the presidency, Bessa Simons and Ras Caleb have been making some strong promises to attract voters.
While Ras Caleb, who is currently the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of MUSIGA promises a dedicated music band for every region if elected President, Bessa Simons has the “One musician, One Instrument” campaign slogan.
The new executives will be sworn into office on Tuesday, August 27.