According to reports, Cricket Ombudsman Malcom Peters has issued a notice to the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), as well as a few associations, regarding the electoral process for the West Berbice Cricket Association (WBCA).
The notice was sent via letter, addressed to Carol Nurse, Secretary of the WBCA and former President David Black.
According to the letter, the WBCA is set to host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 26 at the Fort Wellington Secondary School. However, the tenure of the WBCA ended in January 2021, making the body null.
In accordance with the 2014 Guyana Cricket Administration Act (GCAA), all clubs and associations must be verified prior to an electoral procedure.
In addition, the notice highlighted BCB President Hilbert Foster’s recent social media announcement that the Board will be holding elections on December 17, at the St Francis facility, Rose Hall.
Should the WBCA and the BCB host their respective elections, it would be without compliance with provisions and regulations of the GCCA and by extension the Guyana Cricket Ombudsman.
Thus, actions will result in the processes being deemed illegal, null and void with no effect, according to the letter sent by the Ombudsman.
Read below the full letter to the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB):
“It has been brought to my attention that Ms Carol Nurse, purporting to be Secretary of the West Berbice Cricket Association (WBCA), has served notice to several clubs in the West Berbice area stating that she has been directed by the President of the WBCA to call elections of the WBCA on Sunday, November 26, 2023 at the Fort Wellington Secondary School.
Please note that the tenure in office of both Ms Carol Nurse and Mr David Black, the purported Secretary and President respectively of the WBCA ended in January 2021. Therefore, they have no authority to summon a meeting or call elections of the WBCA.
It must also be noted that in accordance with the provisions and regulations of the Guyana Cricket Administration Act 2014 (GCAA), all Clubs and Associations must be verified before elections are held.
Additionally, it was brought to my attention via a Facebook post by Mr Hilbert Foster, President of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), that elections of the BCB will be on December 17, 2023 at the St Francis Facility at Rose Hall Town, Berbice. The office of the Ombudsman was not informed of these elections.
Should any of the above-mentioned elections (WBCA and BCB) be held without compliance of the provisions and regulations of the GCAA and the participation of the Guyana Cricket Ombudsman, they will be deemed illegal, null, void and of no effect.”