Report Review Further Delayed

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

The official accountability report of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) for the period December 1, 2009 to November 30, 2010 was again delayed by the Office of the Registrar of Friendly Societies, despite the anticipated release of the report yesterday.

This publication was informed yesterday by the Registrar of Friendly Societies, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, that the GCB’s Annual Returns, along with the Audit Report are still being processed.

The registrar further revealed that the official report will be released later this week, paving the way for the GCB’s elections later this month, providing the eight days notice is met, in accordance with the laws.

The delayed release of the report has cancelled the GCB’s Annual General Meeting ( AGM) and elections which were scheduled for Sunday last.

Meanwhile, outgoing president Chetram Singh continues to run the board’s affairs until elections are held, despite the expiration of his term in office.

Singh, who has been at the helm of Guyana’s cricket administration for some nineteen years, said that he is extremely disappointed with the current elections saga.

I am extremely disappointed that the GCB elections cannot be held as scheduled,” the departing GCB president stressed.

The Office of the Registrar of Friendly Societies was established by an Act of 1893, but to date only the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and the Essequibo Cricket Board ( ECB) have registered under this act.

The registrar of Friendly Societies, who 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 a proper members’ register, among other critical operational documents.

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.

This new development is further detrimental 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, 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.