GCB January 30 AGM Stalled

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Following the late submission of the Guyana Cricket Board’s Annual Returns for the period December 1, 2009 to November 30, 2010 to the Registrar of Friendly Societies, the anticipated January 30 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the GCB has been thrown into limbo.

This publication was reliably informed that the GCB had submitted their Annual Returns sometime last week. However, Registrar of Friendly Societies, Kareem Abdul-Jabar revealed that the GCB’s Annual Returns, along with the Audit Report, was submitted to the Friendly Societies last Thursday but is still being processed by the registrar.

Abdul-Jabar said that at present the registrar is not in a position to officially release the report and, as such, the GCB elections will not be held on January 30. The registrar further revealed that as a consequence of the delayed report, all advertisements of the AGM should be put on hold until the official re port has been released.

The registrar of Friendly Societies, which falls under the Labour, Human Services and Social Security Ministry, is duty-bound to audit, or cause to be audited, any society registered under the Friendly Societies Act Chapter 36:04, Laws of Guyana. These include timely audited reports, and proper members’ register, among other critical operational documents.

It is the responsibility of every society to submit to the Registrar of Friendly Societies their Annual Returns, consisting of information such as receipts and payments, assets and liabilities, movement of membership, changes in trustees, and testimonials of office bearers.

This new development is a further set back to the GCB and, more so, cricket in general, since 2010 was a stormy year for the GCB with accusations of financial turmoil within the body which administers cricket and its development across the country.

Incumbent GCB president Chetram Singh, who has been at the helm for the past 19 years, has decided not to seek re-election. However, present vice-president and president of the Demerara Cricket Board 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.