Third District Electoral Debates have been cancelled.
Organisers cancelled the event, which was slated for Friday, considering that only one candidate accepted the invitation to participate.
National Democratic Party candidate Aaron Parillon outrightly declined to debate. His party’s seeming position on political debates is that they should happen between party leaders and not necessarily that of its candidates. Meanwhile, Progressives United leader Julian Fraser has still not made a decision, debate organisers told BVI News on Wednesday, January 30. Efforts to reach Fraser for comment continues to be unsuccessful.
The only person who accepted the invitation to debate, Arlene Smith Thompson of the Virgin Islands Party, said she is “extremely disappointed by the cancellation”.
“I welcomed this opportunity with open arms as it is always heartwarming to witness so many of our young people interested in the well being of our territory,” Smith Thompson said.
“Debates are healthy, as they strengthen our democracy and sharpen one’s research skills. Debates also give an opportunity to hear from the individuals we seek to represent, as together we will always achieve more,” she added.
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