With the territory’s recovery and development now a stake, choosing who will lead the British Virgin Islands over the next four years is increasingly being described as one of the most important decisions voters will have to make for a long time.
These elections are also being described as historic considering that at least five parties are vying for political office.
Former high school principal and National Democratic Party candidate Sandy Underhill has therefore issued a call for all eligible persons to register to vote, regardless of their political orientation.
She targeted her call, particularly to the younger electorate.
“We are recognising that many of you are not registered. Never was there a time more critical to have your voices be heard. Young people, you have a voice. Register. Stop the nonsense about, ‘I ain’t voting. I don’t care what going on’. This is about your future.”
“Let your collective voices be heard,” said Underhill, who is hoping get voted in for the first time as an At-Large representative.
A person must be 18 years or older to vote. Other qualifying requirements include having Belonger Status. Persons must also be residing in the territory or in the neighbouring US Virgin Islands.
Documents to be presented when registering are a birth certificate, and a Virgin Islands passport or a Belonger’s card. A naturalisation certificate can also be used, provided it is dated before June 15, 2007.
Elections must happen by April 16.
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