GCA Special General Meeting set for 20th March
After Chief Justice Order
Applicant Nazimul Drepaul, life Member of Everest Cricket Club, successfully petitioned the High court to intervene and direct a pathway ensuring the Roger Harper led Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) abide by the rules and Constitution of that body.
A Special General Meeting has been summoned, as ordered by the Chief Justice the Hon. Ian Chang to decide on:
1. A date for the AGM outside of January, as stipulated by the GCA constitution.
2. If the Harper led administration should be allowed to continue in office until elections are held.
Drepaul has contended, in his affidavit that Harper unilaterally, without written motion before an AGM, extended the term of office of the Executive Committee to two years in 2012, and further that an AGM of the GCA must be held in the month of January each year.
On the 19th February 2014 the Georgetown Cricket Association’s Executive Committee was prevented from convening the AGM as the Chief Justice granted an order stating “It is ordered that the respondents whether by themselves, their servants and/or agents and each and every one of them be restrained from enforcing, relying upon or otherwise acting on the said resolution passed in the month of January, 2012 extending their term of office from one (1) to two (2) years until the hearing and determination of the summons to continue filed in this cause returnable for 27th day of February, 2014 AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the respondents whether by themselves, their servants and/or agents and each and every one of them be restrained from calling or holding the Annual General Meeting of the Association and from taking any decision or passing any motions and /or resolutions or electing any Executives at any such Annual General Meeting until the hearing and determination of the summons to continue filed herein and returnable for 27th day of February 2014, in Chambers…..”
Kaieteur News understands that Roger Harper etal did not challenge this order, but sought to question the “Loco Standi” of Drepaul, when the matter was called on the 27th February 2014. Hence the initial order still stands while the judge issued orders empowering the Clubs to decide on the way forward.
It is understood that some of the clubs questioned the leadership of the GCA and disregard for the Rules and Constitution of the Organisation. One individual, who requested to remain anonymous, stated that the GCA, instead of being engrossed in cricket politics, should try to effectively administer the game in the capital city where, to date, most of the established, structured clubs in Guyana’s cricket are located. In fact, GCC is the first home of the Guyana Cricket Board and its registered office, to date, still remains at this venue.
Recently, the Georgetown Cricket Club published a notice in the newspapers inviting club representatives from Georgetown to attend a meeting regarding the selection of an under 15 team to participate in the Demerara Cricket Board’s inter- association competition since the GCA over the past two years refused to select teams for these tournaments which may have deprived many youngsters of possible selection for the county and national teams.