BCB To Skip GCB "Elections"
Newly-elected President of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) Anil Beharry confirmed on Monday that his Board will not attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).
The decision was made by the Board during its first statutory meeting on Sunday, according to Beharry. The GCB elections for office bearers are billed for Sunday at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) pavilion.
“Based on the Cricket Administration Act, the Berbice Cricket Board will not attend the Guyana Cricket Board Annual General Meeting, or in any way, participate in the upcoming elections of the Guyana Cricket Board,” Beharry pointed out. He indicated that the BCB was willing and ready to participate in any GCB elections that were properly conducted, but would not defy the laws of the land.
On Saturday, Attorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall told Guyana Times Sport that any decision by the GCB to proceed with elections as recently announced would be illegal if they were held outside of the procedures laid down in the Cricket Administration Act.
In addition, Nandlall said if the GCB officials acted in any manner contrary to the provisions of that Act, their actions and, consequently, those elections would be “illegal, unlawful, null and void, and of no effect”.
Cricket Administration Act
The provisions contained in the Act are clear and empower only the Sport Minister, following consultations with specified bodies and entities, to set the date for the first elections of core cricketing boards and institutions.
Based on the Cricket Administration Act 2014 (Schedule 1, Section 7), the “elections to the Executive Committee of the GCB in respect of the first elections shall be held in accordance with Section 17 on the date appointed in writing by the Minister acting in consultation with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)”.
Part VII, Section 17 of the Act states that “the Minister, after meaningful consultation with the WICB, shall be responsible for the appointment of a Cricket Ombudsman, who shall be responsible for the verification of the Register of Clubs and for performing the functions of Returning Officer for the first elections of the membership of the GCB”.
This law was assented to by President Donald Ramotar in August after the “Cricket Bill” was passes in Parliament on June 20.
The BCB and the GCB have been at loggerheads ever since the AGM and elections on July 10, 2011. The BCB had pulled out of those elections, citing financial mismanagement among other irregularities by the GCB.
However, then Vice President David Black went against the BCB’s decision and voted along with the nine other delegates from the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB).
Further, in 2013, the GCB AGM and elections were held with only Essequibo’s nine delegates participating. The BCB did not participate, while the Demerara Cricket Board was (DCB) restrained from operating.
According to the GCB Constitution, no less than two boards can conduct the elections and 14 of the 27 delegates are needed to convene a meeting and elections.