ARSOG goes to the polls today, November 29

By: Jayne Buckman-Owoo
Idikoko, ARSOG board member aspirant
Idikoko, ARSOG board member aspirant

Members of the Audiovisual Rights Society of Ghana(ARSOG) will today, November 29 vote for a substantive board six years after it started operations.

ARSOG since it started six years ago has always been governed by an interim board.

The elections which should have been held last year was slapped with an injunction on the D-day by two members in the persons of Emmanuel Sarpong and Dzifa Ametepey.

According to Abeiku Sagoe, chairman of the Elections Committee, over 1000 members will be electing nine people to serve on the ARSOG board in polling stations in Accra (MUSIGA Hall), Tamale (Picorna Hotel) and Kumasi (Cultural Centre).

“Performers will elect three representatives while Producers will elect four with Authors electing two, they will serve for a yet to be determined period of time,” he said.

Producers contesting include Augustine Abbey (Idikoko), Kofi Owusu Ohemeng and Evans Kumi Wadevor.

With the Performers, there are Bill Asamoah, Mercy Asiedu Agyemang Duah, Taju Yusuf and Ahmed Saani.

The elections will be supervised by the Electoral Commission of Ghana.

Showbiz reached out to Augustine Abbey, one of the aspirants and he was quite upbeat about the elections.

“I am already a board member, I am the only board member who has picked a form and I am very optimistic about coming back on board to help move ARSOG forward,” he said.

“This is a milestone first elections that will bring us together, unite us even more than we have ever been. We expect an improvement in our royalties collection and levy.

"Transparency, accountability and good governance are very key and we are looking forward to that,” he said.

“We also expect that communication will flow, the old board has set the pace and the new board will compliment the work of the old board.

"We are looking at collection of our license from the Attorney General, with the support of the media and with God on our side, we will succeed.”

Finally, Idikoko said they will also be looking at welfare issues so that members will not have to go to the media to solicit for funds when they are not well.

“We are also looking at organising general meetings for members to air their views, we are generally looking at working together to revive the industry,” he said.