An interlocutory injunction from an Accra High Court has been placed on the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) elections which was expected to had happened yesterday, Tuesday, August 8, 2023.
The elections, which was to be held under the supervision of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, was put on hold pending the final determination of the case by the court.
Plaintiffs in the legal action, Doe Kwablah Seyenam Nyamadi and Frederick Van Dyk, both members of MUSIGA, are praying the court for an order of interlocutory injunction to restrain MUSIGA (the first defendant), Bice Osei Kuffour (Obour), the second defendant; and the Electoral Commission (third defendant) from holding the elections.
In their application, the plaintiffs contend that contrary to the requirements of the MUSIGA Constitution, the first and second defendants and their executives have failed to render proper accounts.
They contend also that by not rendering accounts, the defendants are not competent to hold elections and hand over to a new executive.
The injunction is a major setback for MUSIGA, which has been struggling to hold its elections for several years since 2014.
In a statement, Peter Marfo, the Chairman of the MUSIGA Election Committee said, “the election committee regrets to announce the postponement of the upcoming National and Regional elections of the Musician Union of Ghana, slated for Tuesday 8th August, 2023 to the entire membership of the Union”
It added, “This is based on information from the Electoral Commission of Ghana that they have received a copy of an injunction on the elections and as a result, they cannot supervise the elections and they have also sent same directive to their regional Electoral Commission Directors. A new date will be communicated.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this development has caused to our esteemed members aspirants and the Union in a free and fair manner”.