By Davion Smith, BVI News Staff
Congress (executive members) of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) will be convening on Saturday, December 1, to select the four candidates they want to run for an At-Large seat in the next General Election that must happen by April 16 next year.
The 76-member Congress has been tasked to select the VIP’s quartet of At-Large candidates from a group of eight persons.
Party Chairman Andrew Fahie did not name those eight when he made the announcement on Monday. But, in explaining the selection process, he noted that those eight had made their political interests known to the party’s Congress by mid-October this year.
Each candidate was then required to visit with VIP Congress members who are scattered in groups across the territory’s nine electoral districts.
During this visit, they were required, among other things, to provide ‘solutions to the territory’s problems’, suggest ideas for the creation of new industries, show a ‘willingness to work as a unified team with all previously ratified VIP candidates and the Congress of the VIP’, and add value to the proposed VIP legislative agenda, which according to Fahie has to do with “restoring of accountability, transparency, integrity and good governance” in the BVI.
“This process is extremely important as it is a shift from the process that took place during the last snap General Elections where potential candidates were nominated from the floor [of the party’s internal meeting] and after presenting a short speech, the Congress voted and selected the four candidates,” Fahie said.
A late contender
He added: “One more person has recently stated their intention to seek the support of the Congress to be considered as one of the VIP’s Territorial At-Large candidates. Given that the deadline for submittal had passed, the individual would have to be nominated on the floor on the 1st December,” said Fahie who however noted that the retroactive contender has been encouraged to seek out members of Congress and present his ideas ahead of Saturday’s meeting.
Once the VIP’s four At-Large contenders are confirmed, the party would only need to select a candidate for the Second Electoral District to have completed its round-up of the candidates that will contest the 13 electoral seats in the upcoming general election.
Coupled with the VIP, at least three other political parties will present candidates for the election — the Myron Walwyn-led NDP, the Julian Fraser-led Progressives United, and the Ronnie Skelton-led Progressive Virgin Islands Movement.
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