Following a successfully staged political debate for the electoral candidates of the Ninth District, several members of the public, including debate organiser Sasha Flax, is calling for more debates to happen in the other eight electoral districts.
“We look forward to seeing more debates popping up throughout the whole territory,” Flax said.
Asked if she and her debate organising partners would be willing to assist other districts to orchestrate similar debates, Flax said: “We have no issues with assisting anyone, but we would like to see young persons throughout the district take ownership of this initiative.”
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Andrew Fahie commended the group for organising the debate which he described as “very balanced and very in-depth in terms of contents and preparation”.
He said their move to orchestrate the debate in their district is a sign that the BVI is “maturing to the level that more people are interested in the solutions”.
He, too, encouraged others to follow.
“The debate can be held by districts and challenge each At-Large [candidate]. That’s the way it is supposed to be,” Fahie said.
Similar sentiments came from Education Minister and National Democratic Party (NDP) Chairman Myron Walwyn, recently. Walwyn said: “I congratulate the young people who came forward and organise this. I want to commend the participants for sticking with it and not backing down,” he said.
Debates don’t necessarily determine the best candidate
Walwyn said while debates are ‘good for the community’, and allow voters to make informed decisions on polling day, he said they “don’t say everything about a person.”
“So, sometimes you cannot necessarily determine the best candidate [via debate],” he added.
The NDP’s contender for the Ninth District Dr Hubert O’Neal had what could be described as one of the weaker performances during the debates last week.
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