Court officer to oversee Berbice Cricket Board elections

Dhieranidranauth Somwaru

Sunday’s Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) elections will be overseen by an officer  of the High Court.

This is according to the court order which sees the elections being convened by the said officer after which the presence of each of the clubs and associations will be verified from the list authorized by the Court.

Furthermore, the New Amsterdam Town Hall has been selected to be the  venue of the event which is likely to begin from 11 am. At the end of the verification process, elections will be conducted.

The current executive who had been elected at the October 8 election saw former president of the Guyana Cricket Umpires’ Council Dhieranidranauth Somwaru ascending to the Presidency.

But that election was declared by Justice Navindra  Singh as “unlawful, null, void, and of no legal effect as the entire election process was fundamentally flawed, unfair and undemocratic”.  It was posited that the election was not in keeping with the Cricket Administration Act passed in 2014. Justice Singh then ordered that new elections be held.

Somwaru, who has said that he will definitely be running for the presidential post come Sunday,  said that he “hopes this election …follows strictly… the rulings of Justice Singh and allows for a smooth and fair election.”

The 65-year-old former Berbice bowler went on to say that “whosoever takes the position and is elected fairly I hope they continue to take Berbice cricket forward.”

Somwaru had indicated that should there be any discrepancies this time, he would not be seeking the post.

While it is unclear if anyone will be challenging Somwaru for the post, Vemen Walters has indicated that he is currently contemplating seeking election.