ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Despite public outcry for his removal as head of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) leading into Wednesday night’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections, clubs and members once again exercised confidence in the ability of former national cricketer, Enoch Lewis, as president of the association.
Lewis beat his lone challenger and another former national cricketer Mark Bowers, 27-23, to retain his post; but the vote counting wasn’t without a tinge of controversy. Due to a duplicated proxy ballot, there were 50 votes from 49 electors.
Newly elected secretary, Martin Cave, said the result was accepted as is after Bowers decided not to contest the results.
“When the proxies were dissected, it was found out that of the 10 proxies that were voted on, eight had voted for Lewis and two for Bowers; that matter was not immediately resolved. However, the total count from the 50 was 27 to Lewis and 23 to Bowers which would have given you a total of 50,” he said.
“The general membership had some deliberations as how to resolve that and eventually Bowers agreed that he would not contest the results because what was being asked is that the persons who were proxies vote over,” Cave said.
According to Cave, however, one of the main issues tabled during the AGM is that the association had failed to successfully host an AGM for the past four years.
“The atmosphere at the meeting expressed quite a bit of concerns that the body was not able to hold an AGM prior to that (Wednesday’s meeting). I think what was being widely reported is that several attempts had been made to hold an AGM and for various reasons, primarily because of the lack of a quorum, that was not possible,” he said.
Lewis, when contacted for his thoughts on having retained the ACA’s top spot, he said his focus would be on bringing all stakeholders together in an effort to move the sport forward.
“It’s all hands on board. We all collectively must play our part in the development of cricket. My intentions are to make sure that we have the relevant committees in place and everybody, I mean everybody, participates in ensuring our cricket goes forward,” he said.
“I am pleased that the Minister (Senator Winston Williams) has actually now joined the association and he has indicated that he intends to hold our feet to the fire; and in return, we as the executive will hold the members’ feet to the fire as well. We want every man to play his part in the development of cricket,” Lewis said.
The other elected members of the ACA include Leon “Kuma” Rodney as first vice president, Elcana Charles as second vice president, Eddie Cools-Latigue as assistant secretary, Hyram Forde as treasurer, and Neville Fenton as assistant treasurer.
Leon Stevens, Fitzroy Quinlan, Keith Frederick, Desiree Potter, Heather Nanton and Earl Waldron were all elected as directors.