DCB AGM set for Saturday
… but dispute about voting numbers and venue could mar event
A RIFT between two fractions of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) still threatens elections despite the announcement of an annual general meeting (AGM) date. It is quite possible that there might be two voting venues on January 22 when elections are held.
One group, which is led by the vice-president and the secretary Anand Sanasie and Rajendra Singh respectively, announced that an executive decision was made for elections to be held at the Wales Community Centre, while president Bissoondyal Singh said the venue will be the Lusignan Community Centre. A press briefing by some members of the DCB yesterday divulged that “the way has been cleared for the elections” and that “resolutions by majority vote” at an executive meeting on Monday night had been passed.
Public Relations Officer Rovin Stanley said that at the meeting two nights ago, seven of the 13 members endorsed a motion which paved the way for the Wales venue and voting number regulations.
Stanley stated that it was agreed upon that the sub-associations: the West Bank Demerara Cricket Association, the East Bank Demerara Cricket Association and the East Coast Demerara Cricket Association will each be allowed 14 votes while the Georgetown Cricket Association will get 10. Bissoondyal Singh said that this number is grossly inaccurate since the East Coast association will get 16 votes, West Demerara 11 and the other two associations 10 each.
Ironically both groups used the functioning clubs of 2009 as the yardstick for their evaluation.
Stanley said that members of the DCB later met and ratified the Minutes of the meeting, but to the DCB president this meeting was against the law since yesterday morning a Court Order was issued barring the secretary from calling a meeting without his approval. The rival groups have also disagreed on the returning officer. Bissoondyal Singh has named Attorney-at-Law Charles Ramson Jr while Sanasie’s group nominated Attorney-at-Law K. Juman-Yassin.