Local media reports have named three well-known public figures as the NDP newcomers who will contest At-Large seats in the next general elections, but party leader Myron Walwyn has neither confirmed nor denied those reports.
The reported candidates are high-school principal Sandy Underhill, House of Assembly speaker Ingrid Moses-Sctaliffe, and festival committee chairman Trefor Grant.
When BVI News contacted the newly-elected NDP chairman Tuesday morning, he declined to comment on the reports.
“The party will make a statement on the elected candidates at the appropriate time,” Walwyn said.
Mark Vanterpool, as well as current elected NDP At-Large representatives Premier Dr D Orlando Smith and Archibald Christian, have already given indications that they will not be seeking re-election.
The third sitting At-Large representative is Ronnie Skelton – the man who unsuccessfully challenged Walwyn for the NDP chairmanship back in June.
It is not immediately clear whether Skelton is still interested in running for NDP after that defeat. But, he hasn’t given any public indication that he doesn’t want to contest the next general elections.
Skelton’s running mate during the NDP’s June 2018 internal elections, Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull, has also been quiet about whether he will be seeking a second term as the representative for the Second Electoral District under the NDP.
Party sources told BVI News that only Walwyn, Marlon Penn, and representatives for Fifth and Ninth districts Alvera Maduro-Caines and Hubert O’Neal have declared their intentions to seek re-election as NDP candidates.
Deputy Premier Dr Kedrick Pickering indicated last month that he wants to run for another consecutive term. But he ducked questions on whether he will do so under the Walwyn-led NDP.
The next general election is constitutionally due in the summer of 2019 but there have been suggestions the political event might happen sooner.
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