The governing National Democratic Party (NDP) has had the last eight years to run the territory’s affairs in a manner that would inspire enough persons from all corners of the BVI to join their campaign.
But, since the NDP only presented 11 of the total 13 candidates that any one party can offer up for a general election, Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Chairman Andrew Fahie has marked that as a sign that locals have largely lost confidence in the NDP.
“I’m not saying this as an NDP government [phenomenon] alone. Anywhere in the world when you have a sitting government having difficulty to field enough candidates to contest the next general elections, that is alarming,” Fahie told BVI News.
“It usually points to leadership and concerns with leadership,” added the VIP Chairman who has not ruled out the possibility of the Myron Walwyn-led NDP finding the remaining two candidates before the inevitable elections roll around.
“They might very well be able to field them after a certain time,” he said.
NDP is without a candidate for the First Electoral District — a seat they’ve been unable to win since their inception some 20 years ago. They are also without a candidate for the Second Electoral District. Sitting legislator Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull might have been the NDP’s contender to seek re-election in that second seat. But, he has withdrawn support from the NDP and is now going to the polls under the banner of the Progressive Virgin Islands Party (PVIM), a breakaway NDP organisation.
Efforts to contact Walwyn for comment and confirmation on whether his party will have contenders for districts One and Two have been futile.
Two more parties — the Julian Fraser-led Progressives United, and the recently-announced Reform Action Alliance — are also expected to present candidates for the elections which must happen by April 16.
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