“Why should you be elected by 400 people and want to call the shots for 15,000?”
National Democratic Party (NDP) Chairman Myron Walwyn fielded that question for voters to contemplate as he, once again, argued that persons vying to sit in the Office of the Premier should run as a Territorial At-Large candidate.
Speaking at an NDP rally on Virgin Gorda on Wednesday, Walwyn pushed his assertions further and called on Virgin Islands Party (VIP) leader Andrew Fahie — who is seeking re-election in the First Electoral District — to contest an At-Large seat instead.
“The premier must be accountable to every single voter in the country. So, I issue a challenge to my opponent tonight. Put somebody to run in the First and meet me in the At-large arena. Let the people have a say,” the politician said.
There is no telling whether Fahie would even consider the challenge. But, it is, perhaps, more unlikely that he will accept since he has sat comfortably in the First District seat for the last 20 years.
On the other hand, It seems more likely for Fahie to accept Walwyn’s second challenge to engage him in a political debate before they meet at the polls.
Walwyn also issued that second challenge to Progressive Virgin Islands Movement leader Ronnie Skelton, and Progressives United Chairman, Julian Fraser.
All these politicians want to become the next premier of the Virgin Islands.
“I have issued a challenge to anybody who wants to be premier to debate me,” Walwyn said.
“A debate is not a ‘be all’ and ‘end all’ in terms of the quality of a candidate because there are people who could talk … but can’t do a thing. But, it (a debate) gives you a good indication as to the knowledge a person might have and it gives you a window into their heart,” Walwyn, a two-term legislator, reasoned.
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