Date Announced for GCB Elections
The long awaited Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) elections will take place on July 10.
The elections, which were first set for January 30 last, have been delayed because of the board’s failure to submit on time their annual returns for the period December 1, 2009 to November 30, 2010 to the registrar of Friendly Societies for the necessary auditing before any legally constituted Annual General Meeting can be held. The registrar of Friendly Societies is duty bound to audit, or cause to be audited, any society registered under the Friendly Societies Act, Chapter 36:04, under the Laws of Guyana.
Meanwhile, the elections were given the green light on Wednesday after Chief Justice Ian Chang nullified the July 25, 2008 registration of the GCB under the Friendly Societies Act, noting that the board was incorrectly registered under the Friendly Societies Act. This means that the board is no longer obligated to observe the requirements of the Friendly Societies Act.
Chapter 36:04, sections 1, 2 & 3 of the act states: “where any number of persons, not less than seven, have established or intend to establish a society to which this act applies, they shall make application in writing to the registrar for that purpose.
The act also states that the application shall be signed by at least seven members, including the secretary, and two copies of the rules and two lists of the names of the officers, if any, shall be transmitted to the registrar, together with the application, and shall be signed by the persons who are required to sign the applications.
However, based on those requirements, the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB) challenged the section of the constitution setting out the Friendly Societies Act. President of the Essequibo Cricket Board Sheikh Ahmad informed Guyana Times Sports yesterday via telephone that, at the time of the GCB registration under the act, the board was inaccurately advised.
“The application for the GCB to be registered under the Friendly Societies Act was signed by seven executive members. However, it was stated by the ECB that it should be signed by board members Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice, and not the board executives. Further, the constitution was never taken to the full membership for ratification, and repealing of the constitution of 1992,” Ahmad noted.
When asked why it took the board almost three years to realise that the GCB was incorrectly registered under the act, Ahmad said that the board only realised after the court had nullified the registration of the DCB under the Friendly Societies Act.
Meanwhile, the 28 days’ notice was advertised yesterday in one of the daily newspapers, paving way for the long overdue elections.
Incumbent GCB president Chetram Singh has decided not to seek re-election. Present vice-president and president of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB), Bissoondyal Singh, GCB marketing manager, Ramsay Ali, and former GCB secretary, Bishwa Panday, have indicated their interest in running Guyana’s cricket for the next two years.