Ministry Meeting Fruitless

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

The meeting between the Friendly Societies regulators and executives of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) on Tuesday afternoon failed to produce an elections date for the GCB. The election, which was originally fixed for January 30, was delayed following the late submission of the final audit report by the registrar of Friendly Societies.

The Guyana Cricket Board’s Annual Returns for the period December 1, 2009 to November 30, 2010 is currently being audited, since it is now compulsory under the Friendly Societies Act, Chapter 36:04, Laws of Guyana.

Meanwhile, when this publication contacted the Registrar of Friendly Societies, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, for a comment on what really transpired at Tuesday’s meeting, we were told that all questions pertaining to the current financial auditing of the Guyana Cricket Board GCB must now be directed to the Permanent Secretary within the Labour, Human Services & Social Security Ministry, Trevor Thomas. This publication tried feverishly to make contact with the permanent secretary, but to no avail.

However, GCB president Chetram Singh informed this publication that at Tuesday’s meeting it was revealed that the internal audit of the GCB’s Annual Returns is ongoing and should be completed within the next two weeks. It was also revealed that another meeting between the two entities will be held within the next two weeks to determine a date for the GCB elections.

Singh further mentioned that while no financial irregularities were uprooted, he is disappointed with the delay of the GCB elections. Singh, who has been at the helm of Guyana’s cricket administration for some nineteen years, said that he is also extremely disappointed with current elections saga.

I am totally disappointed and frustrated with the further delay of the elections. For me, my term is up and I just want to get out of office and make way for the other person,” Singh related.

A comprehensive audit was recently done by the Friendly Societies through accounting firm Barcellos, Narine and Company, on the GCB’s financial statements, and while no financial irregularities were uprooted, some concerns at the level of the management systems at the GCB were raised.

“It is the responsibility of every ‘Friendly 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,” the law states.

The current executive continues to run the board’s affairs until elections are held, despite the expiration of their term in office.

Incumbent GCB president Chetram Singh has decided not to seek re-election. As a result, current GCB 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.