As the next general election in the British Virgin Islands draws nearer, hundreds are said to be flocking to join the Virgin Islands Party (VIP).
Speaking Wednesday on a VIP radio programme, Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie gave the following statistics of his party.
“I think that our record shows that in the last four months, we have about 300 persons who have actually registered and paid their $60 [fee to join the party],” he said.
The Opposition Leader also claimed his party now comprises a number of ‘vibrant minds’. “You feel very refreshed and revived to be part of the VIP. So I am already excited,” he said.
VIP plans on tapping into the marine resource
Speaking about the VIP’s political manifesto, Fahie said the party will be focusing heavily on the territory’s marine resource.
He said the BVI, like all other countries, must capitalize on its resources.
“Our gold mine right now is our sea – so our marine industry is what is going to help us with our land-based tourism industry.”
“We have to ensure that we invest in them,” he reasoned.
Fahie, who is also the representative for the First Electoral District – a district known to have communities highly involved in fishing and agriculture – said a number of his young constituents are being groomed to become certified boat captains.
Wheatley calls on others to join VIP
Meanwhile, political aspirant Dr Natalio ‘Sowande Uhuru’ Wheatley was also on the VIP radio show last evening when he urged even more persons to join the party.
The BVI is constitutionally due back at the polls in the summer of 2019. However, some political observers believe the date could be much sooner.
The VIP already has begun preparations and recently announced a partial list of candidates who will be contesting at the polls under the party’s banner.
The governing National Democratic Party (NDP) is yet to officially announce any of its candidates. But Chairman-elect of the NDP Myron Walwyn has been named as the man who will be leading the party into the next general election.
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