DCB President On DCB Elections

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

President of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB), Bissoondyal Singh, in an exclusive interview with this publication, revealed that the AGM and elections of the DCB will be held on Saturday January 22 at the Lusignan Community Centre at 17: 00 hours.

The ongoing battle to decide on the location for Saturday’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) continued after DCB Vice president, Anand Sanasie; Secretary, Rajendra Singh; Executive Member, Rohan Sarjoo and Public Relations Officer, Rovin Stanley disclosed at a press briefing on Tuesday that the AGM and elections will be held at the Wales Community Development Centre on January 22 at 14: 00 hours.

However, the move prompted the DCB President, Bissoondyal Singh, through his attorneys, Mohabir Anil Nandlall, Euclin Gomes and Manoj Narayan, to apply for an ex parte injunction against the respondents/defendants Anand Sanasie, Rajendra Singh, Lalta Degamber, Nazimul Drepaul, Rohan Sarjoo and Krishchand Mangal, barring them from holding meetings to change decisions made at an executive meeting which was held Monday last at the Guyana Cricket Board’s head office.

Chief Justice Ian Chang, based on the request, granted the ex parte injunction to the DCB President Bissoondyal Singh, Pritipaul Jaigobin, Roger Harper, Robert Adonis and Samaroo Jailall, restraining the secretary of the DCB Rajendra Singh from convening any executive meeting until January 21 when the matter is heard.

Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall, in an invited comment, told this publication that if any such executive meetings are held before January 21, it would be deemed unlawful and would be in contravention of the injunction granted by the Chief Justice and those involved will be liable to being held in contempt of Court.

According to Singh, Monday’s executive meeting was chaired by himself, and those present included Vice President, Anand Sanasie; Secretary, Rajendra Singh; Treasurer, Pretipaul Jiagobin; Assistant Secretary, Samaroo Jailall; Assistant Treasurer, Lalta Digamber; Competitions Committee Chairman, Krishnchand Mangal; PRO, Rovin Stanley; Marketing Manager, Ravi Prashad; East Bank Cricket Association Representative, Rohan Sarjoo; Robert Adonis; Nazimul Drepaul and Georgetown Cricket Association Representative, Roger Harper. The meeting agreed to hold the AGM and elections on January 22 to elect office- bearers for the 2011/ 12 period.

According to the DCB head, after the heated discussion on the allocation of delegates of the four sub-associations, it was agreed for the allocation to be as follows: East Coast Demerara 16; Georgetown 10; West Demerara 11 and East Bank Demerara 10. Singh further revealed at Monday’s meeting that the DCB AGM will be held on January 22, at the Lusignan Community Centre, while the Georgetown Cricket Club is also being considered as an alternate venue with Charles Ramson jr as the as the Returning Officer.

The decisions from Monday evening’s meeting have created a rift in the DCB, with one section being led by the Vice-president Anand Sanasie. The Sanasie faction on Tuesday afternoon revealed 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, 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 have 10.

Attorney-at-Law K. Juman-Yassin has been nominated as the Returning Officer, despite it being agreed at Monday’s meeting that Charles Ramson Jr will act as the Returning Officer.

Monday’s meeting was held after Chief Justice, Ian Chang on January 14 ruled that the Executive Committee of the DCB shall hold a meeting to decide on the matters relevant to the AGM and elections, and that the AGM must be held on or before January 24 at a place and time decided upon by the very executive.

Chang had previously granted a temporary order, barring the DCB from holding the AGM, which was scheduled for earlier this month, after vice-president of the DCB Anand Sanasie, had filed an ex- parte application by way of affidavit on December 23, 2010, to stall the holding of the AGM. The last Executive meeting of the DCB was held in May last year.