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    How credible is the VGMA's public votes?

    by Ebenezer Narh Affum, flexghana.com
    posted Saturday, 08 June 2013 20:11| 0 Comments

    Over and over again, I have been thinking about how credible the VGMA's public votes are. Unfortunately enough, I have not mustered the courage to make my opinion known.

    What has now gingered me is the news making rounds that ''award-winning'' Shatta Wale spent 2000 Ghana Cedis to vote for himself to boost his chances of winning the Reggae Dancehall Song of the Year Award.

    First of all, I am not of the opinion that Shatta Wale should have won that award just because of the amount of money he spent in voting.

    What I find very difficult to understand is whether Charterhouse really considers the public votes in deciding who wins a particular award.

    Apart from the industry awards, the general public is convinced to vote massively to ensure victory for a particular artiste or the other but all that we are shown on the screen during the awards are the nominees. This is not acceptable.

    In as much as KPMG is involved, I still believe every aspect of the award process should be made transparent. If indeed the public votes are considered and play an important role in deciding who wins which award, the only sensible thing to do would be to also project on the screen, the amount of votes each nominee got for any award category.

    If this is done, no one would have the audacity to question the credibility of the public voting.

    But as it stands now, no one can be very confident to say that the public votes are credible or are even considered in deciding a winner of an award category. Should Charterhouse decide to consider my suggestion, we wouldn't have an artiste like Shatta Wale cry out like a baby and say ''Ghana is always cheating me'' just because a poll on a particular website showed that he won the award.

    Just like it's done on Mentor, Ghana's Most Beautiful, Big Brother Africa and other reality shows, Charterhouse should consider making it very clear how many votes each nominee gets for any award category. This would go a long way to make the awards transparent, clean and credible.

    In our part of the world, which we term as ''developing'' such an initiative would help very much. This is my word of advice to Charterhouse.

    A year from now isn't so much of a long time to come. In some few ''minutes'' we would be discussing the 15th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and at that time, we can find out if Charterhouse listens to advice or not. I rest my case.

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