The number of candidates who will contest the February 25 general elections for the Progressives Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) is expected to increase, party leader Ronnie Skelton has said.
“We can make this territory great again and we have the team. We have seven of us here now. But … within in the next week or two, we are going to have 11 candidates,” Skelton said at a PVIM rally at Fahie Hill on Thursday.
“We are here to tell you, this is the team and we want you to support us.”
The PVIM’s slate currently comprises Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull who is seeking re-election in the Second Electoral District, resigned Commissioner of Customs Wade Smith for District Five, taxi operator Karl Scatliffe for District Four, and former Deputy Projects Manager in the Ministry of Finance Jose de Castro who is seeking to become the next elected representative for District Nine. The PVIM’s At-Large contenders are Shaina Smith, Apostle Curnal Fahie, president of the BVI Horse Owners Association Lesmore Smith and Skelton.
Beware of ‘prodigal politicians’
In the meantime, former legislator and matriarch founder of the PVIM, Eileen ‘Miss P’ Parsons, who also addressed supporters at the Fahie Hill rally, issued a warning to the local electorate.
“Take warning this night from a soldier who has successfully passed through breaking all kinds of grounds,” she said. “The Bible tells the parable of the prodigal son. That was then but we now have ‘prodigal politicians’ who have now taken the place of the prodigal son and the territory is the father… beware.”
A prodigal is someone who spends money recklessly. While Parsons did not specify, her analogy seemed to have been referring to the National Democratic Party (NDP) — a party she has been a stalwart supporter of for years. Skelton, who is also a former NDP legislator, recently said the said party has wasted roughly $20 million during their term in government.
Parsons, therefore, went on to urge voters to place their trust in the new Skelton-led movement.
“Friends in this ticklish political season, many voices are seeking your attention, we included. Tonight I want to beg for two things, I humbly ask for your trust. I want you to trust us enough,” she said before asking for their vote.
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