(NewsWatch Cameroon)-The Cameroon Music Author’s Rights Corporation, SOCAM has a new board chair. Ndedi Eyango, a very popular Cameroonian musician was elected at an extraordinary general assembly of the association in Yaounde last Saturday November 2. He replaces Odile Ngaaska who was relieved of her functions this year before the end of her mandate next year due to financial and managerial lapses.
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Six candidates were vying for the coveted post: Ateh Francis, Parole Sosthene, Romeo Dika, Bienvenue Mbega and Moussa Haissam. During the first round of voting, Ndedi Eyango grabbed over 200 votes but though he did not obtain an absolute majority, his contestants gave up the fight during the second round of voting resulting in his victory.
In a meeting with Ama Tutu MUNA, the minister of Culture ahead of the election, the artists came to a consensus to use a single ballot paper during the election, reject voting by proxy, and to accept the verdict of the poll which Abah Oyono President of the Mediation Commission of Author’s Rights Corporation in Cameroon, the chief electoral officer of the election promised to make free, fair and transparent.
Ndedi Eyango, who runs the production house PREYA MUSIC and has produced many Cameroonian artists, like Longue Longue and Jacky KINGUE, during his campaign promised transparency in the management of SOCAM, fair distribution of rights and unity among artists.