Locals are being advised not to get sucked into any unsavoury political practices that may arise within the next few months as the territory readies to go to the polls.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith issued that advisory in a public statement this week.
“As is always the case, the campaigning will be rough and tumble. That is normal. But I call on all BVIslanders and all those who aspire to lead to exercise dignity and common sense and respect for each other and our community as we go through the political season,” he said.
He added: “Our political divisions are shallow and small when compared to the vastness of all that we share and which binds us together as one people. And so I ask you to keep your faith in your fellow BVIslanders no matter their party or politics”.
This General Election, which must happen by April 16 next year, is widely described as being particularly unique.
This is primarily because of the four political parties that are anticipated to put forward candidates for the upcoming elections.
These four include the two traditional parties: the NDP and VIP which are being led by Myron Walwyn and Andrew Fahie, respectively, as well as the two newly-formed Ronnie Skelton-led Progressive Virgin Islands Movement and the Julian Fraser-led Progressives United.
Political observers have said, with this many parties all being steered by known vote-pullers, the territory might see a significant split of votes. And, if that happens, the BVI may emerge from these elections with two or three parties potentially sharing the majority in the House of Assembly.
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