PHILIPSBURG – StMaartenNews.com obtained a replica of a current Chamber of Commerce extract of the UP occasion with the registration of a brand new govt board on December 14, 2022. “It appears to be like just like the occasion has been ‘high-jacked’,” we noticed. In accordance with our data the final UP occasion congress was held in 2019. We questioned if Theo Heyliger because the occasion’s founder was made conscious of this variation.
In accordance with the articles of incorporation within the possession of StMaartenNews.com, the UP occasion’s Governing Board nonetheless consists of Theo Heyliger (president), Brenda Wathey (secretary) and Franklin Meyers (treasurer). The Government Board has the next members: Theo Heyliger (president), Joseph Richardson (secretary) and Kenneth Serrant (treasurer). Naturally, this can’t be appropriate as Joe Richardson has since handed on.
The Chamber of Commerce extract obtained by StMaartenNews.com, apparently issued on Friday, January 13, 2023, at 11:33am, reveals as of December 14, 2022, that Francisco Alberto Lacroes, Cresburk Albert Browne-Laurent and Alfred Elroy Anthony Harley have been registered on the Chamber as respectively President, Treasurer and Secretary Basic of the UP Occasion.
The extract additionally mentions the final modification to the occasion articles of incorporation was executed on April 11, 2014. Since then, no amendments of the occasion’s articles of affiliation have been recorded. The occasion’s articles of incorporation, which can be nonetheless in place and subsequently legitimate, state that the occasion management is elected by the congress. Candidates must postulate for the place 60 days earlier than the date of the congress and their candidacy have to be supported by the signatures of 100 party-members who’re in good standing. The UP has to provide discover of a congress 30 days earlier than the date by utilizing native media and/or accepted technique of communication. None of this has occurred, so far as we now have been capable of set up.
A 2016 news report published on 721news.com reveals a photograph of a bunch of UP occasion members because the board members with Sylvia Meyers as President and Tatiana Arrindell as Vice President. Others within the picture are Kenneth Serrant, Solange Apon, Armand Meda, Gina Illidge and Earl Wyatt. Primarily based on the articles of incorporation, this could solely be the Government Board. The manager board is appointed by the Governing Board and is charged with the each day administration of the occasion.
According to a report on SMN-News.com, the final occasion congress was held in November 2019 on the Simpson Bay Resort when Rolando Brison was elected Occasion Chief. Member of Parliament Dr. Luc Mercelina was elected as Deputy Chief of the occasion and a brand new occasion board was voted in for the following two years. On the time additionally, long-time occasion president Silvia Meyers was once more appointed as President of the Board. The report acknowledged that she can be joined on the board by Gina Illidge, Claudia Lista, Michael Granger, and Alfred Harley. The positions on the board would have been decided at a subsequent board assembly.
Ultimately, everybody left this board and solely Harley remained whereas in response to the articles of incorporation a board should encompass at the least three members. In accordance with others, he was simply an affiliate member of the board with no voting or govt powers.
The query is which board was this? The Governing Board or the Government Board? In accordance with the occasion articles of affiliation, these are two totally different entities throughout the occasion’s construction. The Government Board is appointed by the Governing Board to handle the each day affairs of the occasion and solely a duly organized occasion congress elects the Governing Board. So, the burning query is: when was a celebration congress organized?
According to the last SMN-News.com report quoting Harley as the sole remaining board member of the UP party, a celebration congress was to be held in October 2022. Was this occasion congress held? If sure, was there a congress decision appointing a brand new govt board? Was the choice to replace the Chamber registration in December 2022 sanctioned or ratified by this occasion congress? If not, how can the Chamber registration be up to date with out a decision from the occasion governing board? Has the occasion’s articles of incorporation been amended? Which notary ratified the amendments to the occasion’s articles of incorporation? Has the Electoral Council been notified of those adjustments? Has the Windward Island Financial institution, which is the home financial institution of the UP occasion, been notified of those adjustments? Who controls the UP occasion financial institution accounts on the Windward Islands Financial institution?
Till these questions are answered confusion will stay in regards to the ‘high-jacking’ of the UP occasion.