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Spokesman expects late swing for Garner

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2015 | 7:09 PMJermaine Lannaman

The camp of West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) presidential candidate, Joel Garner, is optimistic about their chances heading into tomorrow's elections at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston despite trailing in official public support.

Garner, the only candidate challenging incumbent Whycliffe "Dave" Cameron for the position,  has the support of  just two of the six regional territorial boards.

They are Barbados, Garner's home territory and Trinidad and Tobago, the country of Garner's vice-presidential partner, businessman Baldath Mahabir.

Cameron, meanwhile, has the support of his native Jamaica, Guyana, the Leeward Islands, and the Windward Islands, home of his deputy president candidate, Emmanuel Nanthan.

"No territory has made any official comment regarding a change of their positions. However, we are  optimistic that they will change their opinion in favour of Mr Garner," said Dayton Smith, a WICB director and campaign manager for Garner.

"We've sent out our manifesto to all the territories, and they have seen what Joel has to offer.

"And, since then there has been a lot of people, who have been expressing themselves publicly in preference of our candidate."

Smith, who is also a vice-president of the Barbados Cricket Association, of which Garner is president, also went on to mention a media poll, as well as comments from regional Prime Ministers as to reasons he believes the tide will swing in their favour.

"There was an online media poll in Jamaica, for example, which saw the results being skewed in favour of Garner in the region of 80 percent.

"We are also cognisant of comments from leading officials across the region, including Prime Ministers, also in favour of Joel."

The election of officers will take place during the staging of the annual general meeting.