While promising to champion constitutional reform if elected into office, independent candidate Dancia Penn wants to amend local laws so the British Virgin Islands has a fixed date for all general elections.
At present, it is a sitting Premier who decides when each election day will be. This, to some, puts other candidates and political parties at an unfair disadvantage.
“No premier, whoever he or she may be, should be able to carry around in his or her back pocket the election date and have the country guessing. I really think that is one of the areas that cry out for serious reform,” Penn said.
She said the BVI’s parent nation Britain already has laws that provide for a fixed five-year term for parliament and, ultimately, their election. Penn, a former attorney general, said the BVI ought to follow suit in this regard.
“We don’t have to copy everything that they have but I believe its an important change that we need,” she said.
Penn was speaking at the launch of her campaign recently.
The former legislator is contesting the election as a Territorial At-Large candidate. She will be going up against 15 other At-Large candidates across four political parties. Only four persons can sit in a Territorial At-Large seat at any given time.
Meanwhile, a total of 25 candidates will be vying for a district seat. There are nine electoral districts in the BVI.