Residents are being told to expect the National Democratic Party (NDP), which currently sits as the governing party, to officially reveal its General Election candidates after the Christmas holidays.
“Work is being done to fine-tune our policy platform and full details will be unveiled in the weeks ahead,” said NDP chairman, Myron Walwyn, who will attempt to win his first election as leader of the party.
“We have an exciting agenda to ensure the BVI maintains its competitive edge in the world, to ensure we provide an improved quality of life, and to ensure that we can truly build a better future for all. The National Democratic Party is ready to contest the next general election,” he said.
He confirmed reports that his party will primarily comprise first-time politicians. Walwyn further described the NDP under his leadership as a “new generation”.
“More than half of our candidates are newcomers to politics, but they come with a wealth of experience in various areas. They have a profound love for these Virgin Islands and we look forward to bringing new energy, new ways of governing and new ideas to resolve the challenges we face as a territory.”
Unconfirmed reports have named well-known Rotarian Elvis ‘Juggy’ Harrigan, singer/songwriter Aaron Parillon, and Hipolito Penn as NDP contenders. High-school principal Sandy Underhill, Ports Authority board chairman Trefor Grant, and BVI Electricity Corporation boss Henry Creque were also reported as candidates for the party.
Meanwhile, Walwyn is promising greater involvement of residents under his leadership. The party chairman has also promised to provide what he described as ‘opportunities for greater inclusion and diversity of thought’ within his administration, should the NDP win a third consecutive election.
He further said: “The next general election, which we now know will take place by April 16, 2019, represents a watershed moment in our history … Which path to the future will you take and under whose leadership?”
“Now is certainly not the time for gambling with the future. There is just too much at stake. Leadership is going to be the defining issue of the 2019 campaign,” Walwyn added.
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