Court Halts DCB Elections

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Kaieteur News
Kaieteur Staff

Harper and Davteerth Anandjit on behalf of the cricket authorities in Demerara moved to the High Court in front of Madame Justice Diana Insanally against a total 19 defendants who hold themelves to be the Demerara Cricket Board.

The writ effectively stopped the Demerara Cricket Board elections which were set for yesterday at the Guyana Cricket Board Office at Regent Street, Bourda.

The defendants named in the Court document are Rajendra Singh, Lalta Digamber, Anand Sanasie, Alfred Mentore, Anand Kalladeen, Ravindranauth Persaud, Ronald Sarjoo, Nazimul Drepaul, Colin Europe, Ray Persaud, Krishnchand Mangal, Chetram Singh, Lionel Jaikaran, Ramsey Ali, Fizul Bacchus, Dru Bahadur, Troy Mendonca, Terrence Holder and Rayon Griffith.

An interim injunction restrains the defendants “by themselves, their servants and or agents acting collectively or individually…from convening or causing to be convened or holding an Annual General Meeting of the Demerara Cricket Board on January 25, 2013 or any other date for the purpose of the election of office bearers to the Executive Committee of the Demerara Cricket Board for the period 2013 to 2015 term of office.

Notices were published in the Kaieteur News of December 24, 2012 and December 25, 2012.

The matter is set to return to court on Tuesday February 5, 2013 at 9:00am.

Kaieteur Sport has been informed that of the 19, Dru Bahadur, Chetram Singh, Raj Singh, Ronald Sarjoo, Ray Persaud, Lionel Jaikarran, Alfred Mentore and Terrence Holder were served with the injunction.

The injunction was filed because the Plaintiffs claim that the election on January 22, 2011 at Wales Community Centre was null, void and of no legal effect. The said meeting was not convened in accordance with the decision of the DCB meeting held on January 17, 2011, they argued.

It is also noted that the DCB constitution, which recognises the Georgetown Cricket Association President and Secretary as delegates on the DCB, was not adhered to in the January 22, 2011 meeting at Lusignan when the other faction purporting to be the DCB also held elections.

An ex-parte interim injunction was filed on February 8, 2011 and granted by Justice James Bovell-Drakes restraining the defendants of the Lusignan meeting faction from representing the DCB.

Both parties were allowed to function following another court hearing on April 21, 2011.

It has been noted that under the current status none of the bodies, including the GCB, can call elections for the DCB. In fact the various stakeholders have signed a petition requesting Parliament to look into the whole operation of the sport and to put laws in place governing same, including elections which will include all personnel related to the sport.