The motion is said to have been carried by an overwhelming majority of the clubs and individual members that were present; with no votes being recorded in objection to the efforts to remove the present management team.
According to members who attended the meeting, the request to have the motion tabled as part of the agenda of items up for discussion, was in fact made by the current Vice President, Mr. Stanley Franks, who has broken ranks with his President, Cosbert “Panis” Manchester. Franks is said to have been disappointed in how the affairs of the association were being administered, during the past year, (2011).
During the meeting a letter of resignation was also read from the Treasurer, Mr. Gary Moving.
However, Franks due to family commitments overseas, was unable to be present at the meeting, but that did not prevent other members from formally having the motion put to the General Body for its consideration.
Some members said that they have been very concerned for some time now, that the local league has not been completed and the support required for the preparation of the National Team, has not been forthcoming in a manner that is acceptable for cricket at a first class level.
Other members have indicated that since being elected last year, the Management has lost touch with the membership and the communication channels have been poor with few meetings taking place, including at the Management level.
Some in the public have also stated that because of these problems within the Association, no international matches have been scheduled for Warner Park, St. Kitts, this year, when Australia is due to visit for the annual Digicel Home Series. No evidence however has been produced to substantiate those claims.
Now that the motion of no confidence has been passed, the unanswered question that now remains is what happens next?
According to some members speaking after the meeting, the current leadership of the association has indicated that though the resolution was successful, there are no provisions in the constitution that speak to a motion of no confidence. Therefore, it is the interpretation of the leadership that the Management Committee can only be changed, at the Biennial General Meeting, which is normally scheduled for the first Thursday in the month of November or at a date no later than the first Thursday in December of same year.
Given that the last elections were held in 2011, what the leadership appears to be suggesting is that despite the overwhelming majority vote of no confidence, no new election can take place until November this year.
However, this has not been accepted by some members who have indicated that according to the constitution of the association, Article 15, 16 (IV), the General Meeting of members has the authority to take any decision including that of having the Management replaced.
Article 15 (General Membership), 16 states, “General Meeting of the Association shall be held at such times and places as the Officers of the Association may determine, provided at least 48 hours notice be given. A proposed agenda, setting out the matters to be transacted at the meeting shall be published to members with the notice summoning such general meeting.”
In Section IV of this Article, it states, “At the general meeting, members may discuss and decide upon any questions or matters within the scope of this Constitution or relating to the powers and functions of any branch of the Association provided for in this Constitution and may give the Management Committee and any other committee or branch of the Association, the power to execute any function of the Association.”
“A majority of members present and voting shall determine any question or matter put to vote.”
However this position has been challenged by the leadership, indicating that Article 7, (111), indicates, “Every member of the Executive Committee shall hold office from the date of his election thereto until (the) next Biennial General Meeting of the Association.”
It is also important to note that Article 20 of the Constitution states, “The ruling of the Association on the interpretation of any provision of this Constitution shall be final. The Association may from time to time make decisions on matters not provided for in this constitution. Such a decision must be sunset interim decisions and must not last for more than one year.” For clarity, the Association is the General Membership.
While members have called for a date to be set for the election of a new Management, the leadership has suggested that a careful approach should be taken, by first obtaining a legal interpretation to guide the follow-up course of action.
While the wishes of the membership should be respected, it is also important for matters to be handled properly and in accordance with the Constitution.
However, one cannot also ignore that the overwhelming majority of the Association’s membership has called for the replacement of the Management. In the meantime, there is uncertainty about what is the future of cricket in St. Kitts.