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USACA announced on Tuesday that the Atlantic Region would hold an election for youth coordinator, women's coordinator and two members at large on March 28, 2012. The region will elect its director and representative a day later on March 29th.
Only three member leagues - Washington Metropolitcan Cricket Board, Washington Cricket League and New Jersey Cricket Association have been deemed by USACA board to be members in good standing. As a consequence, only these three leagues will be eligible to vote in this election process.
In a letter addressed to the leagues eligible to vote, a copy of which was posted on USACA.org, it was noted that Deepak Katte was appointed as the Returning Officer. The deadline for nominations is March 16, 2012. Nominations for the aforementioned posts may be scanned and submitted to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. The nomination form and timeline is available via the following USACA link.
These elections are not without controversy. Three of the biggest New Jersey based leagues - Cricket League of New Jersey, Garden State Cricket League and Millennium Cricket League - have been disqualified as a result of the 'compliance process.' Readers may recollect that USACA's then compliance officer had certified all of the leagues as eligible in June 2011 and an election was held on July 26, 2011.
However, those results were blocked after USACA president Gladstone Dainty called the returning officer and instructed him not to disseminate the results. Following USACA's decision to block the results, a stalemate ensued and the region has not had a functioning administration since July 2011. The region's seven league representatives formed an interim body so that urgent cricketing matters could be attended to. As elections were called for November 19th and postponed, the region's drift continued. Finally, USACA delivered a knock-out punch and disqualified several leagues from voting on February 26, 2012.