An unconfirmed list of candidates who reportedly and potentially will contest the upcoming general elections on the National Democratic Party (NDP) ticket is being circulated on local social media.
According to the said list, the NDP is reportedly putting Shaina Smith as their returning candidate to vie for the First District seat, which is currently held by Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie.
Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull reportedly will be seeking his second consecutive term as the representative for Second Electoral District, the list showed.
Michael Thomas of CTL Home Centre in Fish Bay is said to be the party’s pick for the Third District.
Meanwhile, Deputy General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation, Henry Creque has been listed as the man who will replace government minister Mark Vanterpool as the NDP’s candidate for the Fourth District.
High-school principal, Sandy Underhill is reportedly the NDP’s frontrunner for the Fifth District, a position currently held by government minister, Delores Christopher.
Sixth District Representative Alvera Maduro Caines reportedly will be seeking re-election while Brodrick Penn, who served as Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office, will have a go at the Seventh District — a seat currently held by Deputy Premier and NDP loyal, Dr Kedrick Pickering.
Marlon Penn and Dr Hubert O’Neal reportedly will be moving to re-take their seats in the Eighth and Ninth districts, respectively, the list said.
As for the NDP’s reported picks for the Territorial At-Large seats, that group will comprise party chairman Myron Walwyn, festival boss Trefor Grant, House of Assembly speaker Ingrid Moses-Scatliffe, as well as one Janice Archer.
Though the list started circulating this week, NDP officials have made no official announcement about their election candidates.
When BVI News contacted party chairman Walwyn on Friday, he maintained that his party will make an announcement at the appropriate time.
He did not venture to confirm whether part or all of the list is true.
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