Challenging Bacchus a Formality

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Prince Holder says challenging Fizul Bacchus is just a formality ahead of today’s Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB) elections.  Holder made the disclosure to Guyana Times Sport on Saturday.

The former ECB president will be the sole challenger to the incumbent Bacchus when voting members of the Board cast their ballots during the elections, slated to be held at the hostel and indoor practice facility at Anna Regina on the Essequibo Coast from 10:00 hours.

However, Holder further indicated that there will be no surprises, nothing at stake, even less a competition. As formal as it may be, the ECB elections will simply be a formality for continuity, he said.

“Nothing will prevent the incumbent president in power, Fizul Bacchus, from winning a second term. This is because based on the facts that five of the eight Area Committees had no internal elections,” he said.

Holder added, “So it’s the same old representatives from those five Committees who had supported Bacchus the last time will cast their votes this time around.”

The ECB has eight regional cricket committees: Bartica Cricket Committee (BCC); Central Essequibo Cricket Committee (CECC); East Bank Essequibo Cricket Committee (EBECC); Leguan Cricket Committee (LCC); North Essequibo Cricket Committee (NECC); Pomeroon Cricket Committee (PCC); South Essequibo Cricket Committee (SECC); and the Wakenaam Cricket Committee (WCC).

However, only the South Essequibo Cricket Committee, East Bank Essequibo Cricket Committee and North Essequibo Cricket Committee have had their internal elections.

Each of the area committees manages cricket within its geographical area and is entitled to two votes each at the ECB elections.

Holder took over for six months from former President Sheikh Asif Ahmad, who had relinquished his position with immediate effect on June 25, 2012, before Fizul Bacchus was elected at the last election.

Ahmad had claimed then that his decision to demit office was based on certain Board members not honouring their commitments as they were not in support of his decisions.

Ahmad and some Board members were at loggerheads ever since the ECB had endorsed the government-implemented Interim Management Committee (IMC) and more so when the ECB denounced its membership and withdrew its two directors from the DEB Essential Organisation Inc., which was created in 2011 by some executives of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).

Further, Bacchus expressed confidence for another term since he believes that he has the support of majority of the area committee.

No problem

Meanwhile, the newly appointed Cricket Ombudsman, Dr Winston McGowan, in an invited comment on Saturday, said he has no problem with the ECB going ahead with its elections, but indicated that should there be any objections coming out from the process he will intervene.

“The elections was already planned, and I have no problem with them going ahead with it. I will intervene should there be any objections and based on the objections I will decide on the way forward,” Dr McGowan said.

Dr McGowan is responsible for calling the elections of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB), Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB) and Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) in accordance with the provisions of Cricket Administration Law.

This Law was assented to by President Donald Ramotar in August after the ‘Cricket Bill’ was enacted in Parliament on June 20.