Highlife musician, Randy Noonoo has accused some members of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) of rigging Wednesday’s elections.
The musician, who vied for the Deputy Chairmanship (Composer) position of GHAMRO in a hotly contested election with James Nana Tuffour, is alleging that non-members of the music rights body were allowed to vote.
Randy Noonoo won the Accra votes but lost both Tamale and Kumasi votes to Nana Tuffour, who was later declared winner of that election.
Results from Wednesday’s elections supervised by the Electoral Commission (EC) saw Randy amassing 114 votes in Accra, 34 votes in Tamale and 48 votes in Kumasi while Nana Tuffour garnered 96 votes in Accra, 147 votes in Tamale and 146 votes in Kumasi.
An obviously livid Randy, who stormed out of the venue - the Catholic Institute of Business and Technology (CIBT) - before the final results were announced, told Myjoyonline.com that he has evidence to back his claim that the elections were not free and fair.
“I saw people who are not musicians voting” more than once, he alleged. “We have captured some of them with camera. At the right time we will bring it for the media to see.”
He revealed that he only took part in the elections because he felt it was a good initiative aimed at uniting musicians but the outcome is very disappointing.
“We will protest against this, the ‘Marfiarism’ that is going on in this music industry is too much.”
“That vote Nana Tuffour got here is questionable because we know the homework that we have done and we know the people who came. Me myself the pocket money I have distributed today it’s not easy,” Randy disclosed.
According to him, he invested heavily in the elections, originally slated for December 28, 2014, just before they were postponed. “I can’t even calculate my expenditure.”
Although he won the Accra elections, Randy believes that the margin should have been wider stating “my delegates are all here. Ask them they will tell you. We came in our numbers.”
“Apart from protesting the election result, we must throw more light on the ‘Mafiarism’ that is going on in the music industry.”
He called for a centalised voting system where all voters across the country will converge in Accra to cast their ballot, saying it is the only way to ensure transparency in the balloting process and prevent rigging. He said proxy voting which he claimed was done without proper verification was exploited to rig the poll.
Meanwhile James Kwaku Tuffour and eight others have been sworn in to serve a two-year term as GHAMRO Board members.
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