Executive members of the National Democratic Party (NDP) are now set to conduct a ratification process in relation to the persons hoping to contest the next general elections under the NDP banner.
Neither the names nor the exact number of party members who are hopeful of contesting as NDP candidates have been officially announced. But NDP sources told our news centre that most members have declared their intentions to contest in upcoming elections.
Executive members are now organising a meeting to begin the ratification process, BVI News was told.
As the public awaits an official announcement in relation to the NDP’s election candidates, there are circulating reports that not all the current crop elected NDP members will be seeking re-election.
Members of the party were reportedly given until August 12 to declare their intentions of seeking political office through the party, which is currently under the co-leadership of Premier Dr D Orlando Smith and Minister Myron Walwyn.
On the opposite side of the local political arena, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) has already selected at least six of the 13 candidates who will contest the next elections for the VIP.
They are Luce Hodge-Smith, Kye Rymer, John Samuel, Dr Natalio Wheatley, Vincent Wheatley, and VIP Chairman Andrew Fahie.
The next general election is constitutionally due in the summer of 2019 but there have been suggestions the political event might happen sooner.