Gov't Awaiting Chetty's Resignation
While the Guyana Cricket Board elections are currently stalled due to ongoing auditing by the Registrar of Friendly Societies, which falls under the Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security, Labour Minister Manzoor Nadir informed Guyana Times Sport yesterday via telephone that his ministry is awaiting the resignation of the president of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Chetram Singh, before any further step is made with regards to the GCB elections.
“The president of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Chetram Singh, said that he will resign after the Pakistan leg of the West Indies tour here in Guyana, and an Interim Management Committee (IMC) will be formed. Until that decision is made by Mr. Singh, the ministry cannot move forward with any decision as regards the ongoing auditing,” Minister Nadir noted.
When asked if he is aware of an IMC being put in place to run the board’s affairs, Minister Nadir informed this publication that he is unaware of such a move.
The official accountability report of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) for the period December 1, 2009 to November 30, 2010 is currently with the Office of the Registrar of Friendly Societies for auditing after a notice was sent to the GCB by the Registrar of Friendly Societies on December 1, 2010, reportedly informing the GCB that it was in breach of regulations under the Act, which requires all societies registered under it to submit by May 1 of each year, the annual returns of the previous calendar year, ending December 31.
The GCB, through the said notice, was further advised that it could have held its Annual General Meeting only after an audited report was authorised and released by the Registrar of Friendly Societies. The notice had said the GCB had until December 13, 2010 to comply with these requirements. Minister Nadir recently disclosed that if the GCB had submitted their returns in early May the audit could have been done, paving way for their elections.
“I’m sure we would have done the inquiry, the audit, and they would have had their elections long before the end of last year. That wasn’t my fault. That’s the GCB’s fault,” the minister pointed out. “The letter urged the GCB to get their house in order but instead they tried to have a meeting and one was set for January 30. But by then the audit wasn’t done,” he continued.
Minister Nadir informed that the reason for the GCB not being ready to hold elections had nothing to do with the Labour Ministry and everything to do with the GCB. The GCB elections which was supposed to be held in January, is a critical step in Guyana’s cricket revival, since Guyana’s cricket has been adversely affected both on and off the field, with allegations of political interference and the power struggles among Cricket Board officials. Meanwhile the GCB president said that his personal resignation has nothing to do with the ongoing auditing by the Registrar of Friendly Societies.
“Whether I resign or not has nothing to do with the ongoing auditing by the Registrar of Friendly Societies. If I resign there is still a board in place,” Singh noted.
However, this publication was reliably informed that Chief Justice Ian Chang yesterday nullified the July 25, 2008 registration of the GCB under the Friendly Societies Act. This means that the board is no longer obligated to observe the requirements of the Friendly Societies Act and can now go ahead and hold elections.
This publication also understands that the GCB will now move to have 28 days’ notice advertised as stated in the constitution in order to pave the way for the long overdue elections. Incumbent GCB president, Chetram Singh, has decided not to seek re-election. However, 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.