By Davion Smith, BVI News Staff
Residents of the Fifth Electoral District, seemingly, will not be without a representative for much longer as plans are being put in place for a possible by-election.
The Office of the Supervisor of Elections gave an indication of a possible by-election when they issued a statement encouraging all eligible residents of the Fifth District to register to vote by Friday, November 16.
The office issued the statement on Monday, nearly a month after the untimely death of Delores Christopher who was that district’s sitting representative at the time of her passing.
Meanwhile, local political party leaders have told BVI News that they are also gearing up for the by-election.
When asked whether the newly-established Progressives United political organisation will be putting forward a candidate to contest the by-election, party leader Julian Fraser said: “It’s our intent.”
He, however, declined to disclose the name of the party’s candidate but said an announcement will be made “sometime very soon”.
The NDP candidate
Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Myron Walwyn has also opted not to divulge the name of the NDP’s candidate when BVI News contacted him last evening.
“We will announce this (the name of our candidate) soon,” he said.
While the NDP Chairman is prolonging the suspense a while longer, highly-placed sources told BVI News that well-known Rotarian, Elvis ‘Juggy’ Harrigan is that party’s candidate of choice.
And though our news centre did not receive any official statement from Virgin Islands Party (VIP) leader Andrew Fahie in relation to the by-election, he had announced months ago that the head of the Department of Motor Vehicles, Kye Rhymer, was the VIP’s pick to contest the Fifth District at the next General Election, which is constitutionally due by the summer of next year.
Reported Skelton-led party to also throw hat in ring?
Things might not be so clear-cut for another up-and-coming political organisation that, reportedly, will be led by Ronnie Skelton, who is the current Minister of Health under the Premier Dr D Orlando Smith administration.
Unconfirmed reports to BVI News are that the party — which is called the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) — has recruited a high-ranking member of one of the BVI’s law enforcement agencies to contest the Fifth District seat.
This by-election may pose a complication for PVIM and its reported leader, Skelton since he — a sitting minister for the governing NDP administration — has made no official announcements of his intention to lead the political organisation.
In the meantime, the Premier of the Virgin Islands is typically the person to declare any election, BVI News understands.
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