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ECB elections were not ‘free and fair’, says Holder

first_img… Bacchus elected for a third termPRESIDENT of the North Essequibo Cricket Committee (NECC) Prince Holder says last Sunday Essequibo Cricket Board’s (ECB) elections were not free and fair because of several irregularities.While Holder, who was later named as one of two trustees on the board, did not outline the irregularities during the electoral process, he maintained that the elections were well planned to favour Fizul Bacchus, who was returned unopposed as president.“It was all planned out, and in my opinion the elections were not free and fair,” Holder told Chronicle Sport yesterday.Holder was expected to be the sole challenger to Bacchus when voting members of the board cast their ballots, but he failed to receive any nomination.Last Saturday Holder had said that challenging Bacchus is just a formality, since there will be no surprises, nothing at stake, even less a competition, and as formal as it may be, the ECB elections will simply be a formality for continuity.Further, Holder stated that he will tender his resignation sometime today as the Board’s trustee.Observers at Sunday’s elections are also maintaining that the electoral process was not held in accordance with the provisions of the Cricket Administration Law.This Law was assented to by then-President Donald Ramotar in August 2014 after the ‘Cricket Bill’ was enacted in Parliament on June 20 of that year.The Bill clearly states that the Cricket Ombudsman Dr Winston McGowan is responsible for calling the elections of the three county boards.On the other hand, Bacchus in an invited comment sai that the elections were transparent, and were conducted within the constitutional framework of the board.The win means that Bacchus will serve another two years as head of the ECB.Leguan’s Viren Chintamani was elected unopposed to serve under Bacchus as vice-president, with Aotto Christiani and Nazeer Mohamed named secretary and assistant secretary respectively.The position of treasurer was filled by Andy Ramnarine, who will have Alvin Johnson, a former ECB president and vice-president of the GCB, as his assistant.The other positions, all being elected unopposed, were won by Tamika Johnson (Public Relations Committee) and Reshud McLennan who was named the new Marketing Manager.Ramnarine Ragoobar was appointed Chairman of the Competitions Committee. Zabir Zakeer is the board’s other trustee.Bacchus and his entire executive promised to work hard for the development of Essequibo cricket, which at the moment is enjoying some good results, especially in the GCB’s franchise league tournaments.last_img

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