Demerara Cricket Board elections set for February 19
The High Court on Monday ruled that the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) election of office-bearers be held on February 19, 2021. The meeting to elect the Executive Committee is fixed for 11:00h at the Demerara Cricket Club, Lance Gibbs and New Garden Streets, Queenstown, Georgetown.
The meeting was summoned by virtue of a Court Order dated February 15, 2021, in the High Court Action No. 2018-HC-DEM-CIV-FDA-622.
There are two agenda items- the Call to Order by a Marshal of the High Court of the Supreme Court of Judicature and the nomination and election of a Returning Officer for the conduct of the elections of the members of the Executive Committee of the Demerara Cricket Board.
The five associations are mandated to submit delegates by February 17. Following the ruling on Monday by Justice Navindra Singh, three of the associations- the Georgetown Cricket Association, the East Coast Cricket Board and the Upper Demerara Cricket Association- were in full compliance, providing their list of delegates.
The other two associations with voting rights are the East Bank Cricket Association and the West Demerara Cricket Association.
The Georgetown Cricket Association, the East Coast Cricket Board, the East Bank Cricket Association and the West Demerara Cricket Association have seven votes each, while the Upper Demerara Cricket Association has three, making it a total of 31 votes at the DCB election.
Last September, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Cricket Administration Act be restored to its original condition, paving the way for elections at the Demerara Cricket Board and subsequently the Guyana Cricket Board.
Minister of Sport Charles Ramson Jr., in a statement after the ruling, said: “The Court of Appeal just ruled that the Order that was originally made by the single judge in Chambers to suspend the major parts of the Cricket Administration Act, that Order was discharged, which means that the Cricket Administration Bill and Act is now fully enforced once again. It also means that the original (Guyana Cricket) Board which was there, prior to the Cricket Administration Act, they were the ones that the Court had ordered in the interim can act as the Guyana Cricket Board. That Order has now been set aside, so that situation no longer exists.”
“The next step for us is that we’re going to have the Demerara Cricket Board elections and then shortly thereafter the Guyana Cricket Board elections.”