Sep 23, 2020 Sports
By Sean Devers
New Sports Minister Charles Ramsey Jr made good on an earlier promise of seeing Guyana’s Cricket legally and properly administered was high on his list of priorities in the government’s effort to see local sports move to the next level.
The proactive Ramson disclosed that yesterday morning that the court of appeal ruled that the Guyana Cricket Administration Act be restored to its original condition.
This now opened the door for new elections of the Demerara Cricket Board and after that the Guyana Cricket Board.
“The court of appeal just ruled that that the order that was made originally by the single judge in the chambers to suspend the major parts of the Guyana Cricket Act, that order was discharged which means that the cricket Administration act and bill is now fully enforced once again,” informed the minister.
The original GCB, in place prior to the cricket Administration Act, was in the interim ordered by the court to act as the Guyana Cricket Board.
“That order has now been set aside so, that situation no longer exist. The next step for us is that we are going to have the Demerara Cricket Board and then shortly thereafter the Guyana Cricket Board elections,” Ramson added.
This issue has been affecting Guyana’s Cricket, since for more than a decade, the elections issue has been engaging attention of the Court.
Ramson had said during the recent budget debate that steps will be taken to address this matter.
In 2014 The Cricket bill was passed in Parliament by both sides of the house and was signed into law by then President Donald Ramotar.
However, over the years since then several legal challenges have been mounted and illegal elections held.
“Through the current Attorney General the motion has been filed and we will be having the Cricket Administration Act be restored to its original condition where it will be fully enforced in a matter of days,” Ramson had said.
The Cricket Administration Act was passed in Parliament on May 15th 2014 and outlined the requirements for holding of cricket board’s elections.
The Act stipulated that for the first elections of the GCB the sports Minister must appoint a cricket ombudsman.
The then Sports Minister, Dr Frank Anthony appointed Dr. Winston McGowan who subsequently resigned due to ill-health.
The GCB moved to the courts to have the Act suspended and appointed its own Ombudsman and held elections which was deemed illegal by the Berbice Cricket Board headed by Hilbert Foster.
The Essequibo Cricket Board is headed by GCB’s acting president Faisal Bacchus, while there is no Demerara Cricket Board, and like it was before 1992 when former GCB president Chetram Singh formed the Demerara Cricket Board, Demerara Cricket is controlled by the Guyana Cricket Board.
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