Somwaru should re­sign from the Ber­bice Cricket Board

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Dear Edi­tor, In my 53 years of as­so­ci­a­tion with Ber­bice cricket, I have never heard of such de­press­ingly shame­ful al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing the elec­tion of a Pres­i­dent of the Ber­bice Cricket Board, when for the first time in its his­tory an elec­tion of the Ber­bice Cricket Board was al­leged to have been con­ducted by two paid Di­rec­tors of Cricket West Indies and a re­signed pres­i­dent of the Guyana Cricket Board. Th­ese in­ci­dents, if proven true should re­sult in the im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion of Pres­i­dent D Somwaru and his ex­ec­u­tives and also his res­ig­na­tion as Pres­i­dent of the Guyana Um­pires’ Coun­cil. In ad­di­tion, he should be made to an­swer to the court for his fail­ure to fol­low the court’s in­struc­tion to con­duct a free and fair elec­tion, bear­ing in mind that he is al­ready sched­uled to ap­pear on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13th, 2017 at the said court to an­swer a sim­i­lar charge of fail­ing to com­ply with the in­struc­tions of the court.

Some of the al­le­ga­tions lev­elled are as fol­lows:

i. The elec­tion site, a new ho­tel in dis­tant Cor­river­ton, was a waste of valu­able funds and it was in­tended to de­press at­ten­dance.

ii. The choice of a re­signed Pres­i­dent of the Guyana Cricket Board (in 2017), prior to the elec­tion and the pro­duc­tion of a list of 18 sig­na­tures was not ac­cept­able. This was still up­held af­ter a mem­ber of the Po­lice Sports Club pointed out that he signed be­cause he was told that it was an at­ten­dance sheet; this ob­jec­tion would have made it 17 out of 34 rep­re­sen­ta­tives present, in which case Mr Somwaru should have taken it to a vote in­volv­ing the 34 rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in­stead of ap­point­ing Druba­hadur as Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer.

iii. The claim that nu­mer­ous op­pos­ing clubs had paid no mem­ber­ship fee when the Board was non-func­tional since Jan­uary 1st, 2016 and no de­mand was ever made for pay­ment, con­trib­uted to the fact that only 12 of the 34 rep­re­sen­ta­tives voted in the elec­tions.

iv. Anand Se­nasie, Sec­re­tary, and Anand Kal­ladeen, Trea­surer of the Guyana Cricket Board who are also Di­rec­tors of Cricket West Indies and the can­di­date for pres­i­dent D Somwaru were in the room, while op­pos­ing pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­bert Foster, his choice of Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer, the me­dia and oth­ers were barred from go­ing up the el­e­va­tor to the elec­tion by Godwin Al­lic­ock, a Somwaru sup­porter.

v. The Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer closed nom­i­na­tions for pres­i­dent at the urg­ing of the Sec­re­tary of the Guyana Cricket Board im­me­di­ately af­ter the nom­i­na­tion of

Somwaru with­out ask­ing for any other nom­i­na­tion, although Foster was about to be nom­i­nated.

vi. Richard Roberts, Sec­re­tary of the Up­per Coren­tyne Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion was elected Vice Pres­i­dent on Somwaru’s ticket with­out con­sul­ta­tion or ap­proval by him and although he in­formed the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer that he was a Foster sup­porter and was not ac­cept­ing the po­si­tion, he was shocked to dis­cover his name among those pub­lished in the news­pa­pers as Vice Pres­i­dent on the fol­low­ing day. He has writ­ten an ar­ti­cle which was pub­lished on page 38 of the Kai­eteur News of Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 11th, 2017, un­der the cap­tion ‘BCB Vice Pres­i­dent de­clines post says elec­tion was flawed’

vii. Sev­eral clubs were dis­en­fran­chised. In the case of Mt. Si­nai other per­sons were ac­cepted as rep­re­sen­ta­tives and one now holds the po­si­tion of As­sis­tant Trea­surer. I am aware of who were the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Mt. Si­nai, be­cause I was present on the 24 Septem­ber, 2017 when they were elected. Mr. Christo­pher Jones Di­rec­tor of Sports was also present at this Com­mu­nity and Cricket Club elec­tion when he de­liv­ered cricket gear and vis­ited their cricket ground.

It is rather re­veal­ing to note that the Sec­re­tary of the Guyana Cricket Board, who claims to have friends in high places, has been in­volved in some way or an­other in more than six cricket in­junc­tions since 2011. It may be fair to ask: Is this the only way he can re­main in of­fice? Who pays the le­gal fees? Should this money be used for cricket de­vel­op­ment?

My sim­ple ad­viced to the new ad­min­is­tra­tion is to re­sign im­me­di­ately and al­low a free and fair process to fol­low, with­out the in­ter­fer­ence of the Guyana Cricket Board and its paid Di­rec­tors of Cricket West Indies. Fur­ther, let the De­mer­ara Cricket Board – non-func­tional since 2011 ‒ be re­sus­ci­tated with fair and free elec­tions fol­lowed by elec­tions of the Guyana Cricket Board af­ter a thor­ough au­dit. Is this what they are afraid of?

Yours faith­fully Mor­timer Ge­orge For­mer Sec­re­tary BCB

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