Following recent reports of names of potential political newcomers who the National Democratic Party (NDP) may have recruited to contest the upcoming General Election, the names of another set of possible NDP recruits have surfaced.
In an internal meeting held last evening, party officials reportedly confirmed well-known Rotarian Elvis ‘Juggy’ Harrigan, singer/song writer Aaron Parillon, and Hipolito Penn to run under the NDP banner.
Harrigan will contest the Fifth District seat, Parillon will vie for the Third District seat, and Penn will take on the Seventh, BVI News understands.
It is also understood that party officials confirmed high school principal Sandy Underhill, Ports Authority board chairman Trefor Grant, and BVI Electricity Corporation boss Henry Creque as three of the four Territorial At-Large candidates the NDP will present for the elections.
It is not clear whether Speaker of the House of Assembly, Ingrid Moses-Scatliffe, has been placed on the party’s ticket for election — something she, herself, declined to confirm or deny when reports of her potential NDP candidacy surfaced some two months ago. Her reported candidacy stirred up major controversy at the time.
Party Chairman Myron Walwyn is continuing to keep his political playing cards close to his chest and opted to reveal nothing when BVI News reached out to him for comment last evening.
What is known, however, is that Walwyn, Marlon Penn, and representatives for Sixth and Ninth districts — Alvera Maduro-Caines and Dr Hubert O’Neal, respectively — will be seeking re-election as NDP candidates.
The NDP is one of four political organsations that is expected to present candidates to contest the next General Election, which must happen by April 16, 2019.
The other three parties are the Julian Fraser-led Progressives United, the Ronnie Skelton-led Progressive Virgin Islands Movement, and the Andrew Fahie-led VIP. The VIP is the only party to have officially announced most of its election caandidates, so far..
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