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TTCB, NLC working on compromise

The trinidad Guardian / The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) and the National League Committee (NLC) are working to come to a compromise over amendments to the TTCB’s constitution dealing with its annual elections.

Attorneys representing both parties were yesterday expected to make submissions in the judicial review lawsuit brought against the TTCB by the NLC last year challenging the constitutionality of the TTCB’s election rules.

However, when the case was called in the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday, they informed Justice Carol Gobin that they needed additional time to hold discussions on a possible settlement which may negate the need for the determination of the lawsuit.

The case was adjourned to June 14, when the attorneys will give Gobin a status update of their negotiations and how they wish to proceed with the case.

The committee, which is led by former West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) president and recently appointed chairman of the Sport Company of T&T (SporTT) Dinanath Ramnarine, is challenging segments of the board’s internal by-laws dealing with elections which they claim are unfair and unconstitutional.

The committee includes Daren Ganga, Samuel Badree, Anil Kamal, Camal Basdeo and St Servius Clint Pamphile.

The organisation’s election was expected to be held on October 29, last year, but was put on hold pending the hearing and determination of the lawsuit.

In particular, the committee is claiming a rule allowing the current board of the TTCB, 12 outgoing votes in an election is irrational and biased.

Under the rules executive members of the organisation elected by the board are allowed six votes, with the outgoing members of the board, some of whom may be facing re-election, being afforded six votes.

The committee is contending that the rule is unfair, illegal, and undemocratic.

Instead the group is advocating for changes which include the removal of the 12 outgoing votes, a one club-one vote system and seats on the executive being afforded to the Tobago Cricket Association, primary and secondary schools, the Umpires Council and Women’s Cricket. It is also calling for a term limit for the TTCB president.

The NLC is being represented by Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, SC, Vivek Lakhan-Joseph and Kiel Taklalsingh. Senior Counsel Fyard Hosein and attorney Anil Maharaj are representing the TTCB.

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