An Accra High Court has dismissed the injunction against the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) elections scheduled for August 8, 2023.
His Majesty In his decision, Charles Gyamfi Danquah dismissed both the application for injunction and the substantive matter requiring the union to produce its accounts before the elections.
Doe Nyamadi and Fred Van Dyk were also given GH10,000.00 in damages by Justice Gyamfi Danquah.
When the case was called, the plaintiffs told the court, through their counsel, of their decision to withdraw the lawsuit and seek an amicable resolution.
However, MUSIGA’s attorney, Lawyer Nanabanyin Ackon, claimed that given the plaintiffs’ harmful impact on the elections, the court must impose damages against them despite their decision to drop the case.
This is the seventh time that litigants have taken MUSIGA to court, postponing an election that was supposed to take place in 2020.
Plaintiffs in the legal action, Doe Kwablah Seyenam Nyamadi and Frederick Van Dyk, both MUSIGA members, have asked the court for an interlocutory injunction to prevent MUSIGA (the first defendant), Obour (the second defendant), and the Electoral Commission (the 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 third defendant is a statutory institution responsible for elections.
MUSIGA’s elections have been postponed multiple times since 2019, when Bice Osei Kuffour aka ‘Obour’ concluded his term as president.
There had been problems with the voter registration update and misunderstanding about the eligibility of delegates.
Bessa Simons, the union’s acting president, has been in office for the past four years.