Appeal thrown out; way cleared for DCB elections

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The Full Court on Wednesday unanimously dismissed an Appeal by Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board, Anand Sanasie, to stop the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) elections, slated for Friday (February 19).

The matter was heard by Full Court Judges, Justice Nareshwar Harnanan and Justice Fidela Corbin-Lincoln.

On Monday, the High Court ruled that the Demerara Cricket Board 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 in Queenstown.

Shortly after the ruling, an Appeal was filed to set aside the decision.

Moments after the Appeal was thrown out on Wednesday, Attorney Arudranauth Gossai, representing three affiliates of the DCB, told News Room Sport: “We presented out arguments and they treated the arguments for the application for the stay as the arguments for the substantive appeal, and they unanimously dismissed the appeal and they refused the stay. That means the Demerara Cricket Board (elections) will proceed on Friday as per the order of Justice (Navindra) Singh. They agreed that Justice Singh had jurisdiction to make the Order which he made, which is to fix the elections for Friday.”

Attorney Gossai added: “Also the Court ruled that the elections they had in January 2020 is of no effect to the elections that Justice Singh ordered, and in any event, once the Act was back in force election of those officers would have come to an end.”

On Friday, there would be 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.

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