Singh Disappointed With Delay

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

Outgoing Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) president Chetram Singh expressed disappointment with the delay of the board’s Annual General Meeting and elections which will now be held in late February. 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. Singh will continue to run the board’s affairs until elections have been held.

Meanwhile, 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, but anticipated the release of an official report by Monday. The registrar further revealed that with the approval of the relevant documents, the GCB’s elections can be held on February 20, once the provision of 8 days notice is met, in accordance with the laws.

The board’s Annual Returns for the period December 1, 2009 to November 30, 2010 was submitted to the Registrar of Friendly Societies sometime last week, throwing the January 30 Annual General Meeting into limbo.

Meanwhile, a source close to the GCB revealed that this has been the first time the board’s Annual Returns has had to be submitted to the registrar of Friendly Societies, since registering under the Act on July 25, 2008. The source said that, while the board is clear of any wrongdoings, the move to have its Annual Returns submitted to the registrar of the Friendly Societies is one of a political nature.

The source further stressed that, normally, the board’s auditors will peruse the relevant documents from which a copy of the auditors final report is submitted to the registrar Friendly Societies, Minister of Sports, Director of Sports, Permanent Secretary, Sports Ministry and His Excellency the President.

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

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 a 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 setback 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 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.