By Davion Smith, BVI News Staff
Since National Democratic Party (NDP) Chairman Myron Walwyn has not been re-elected to the House of Assembly, what will this mean for himself and his party which has three of its members elected back into office?
Walwyn said not even he knows as yet. But, as far as options go, the NDP leader said “all things” are up for consideration. When asked whether that includes quitting politics, Walwyn told BVI News: “That is not off the table.”
He gave that indication on Monday following a defeat to the Andrew Fahie-led Virgin Islands Party at the 2019 General Elections.
When further asked how he feels about the defeat, Walwyn said he respects the democratic process and the wishes of voters.
“It’s the people’s office and they decided at the end of the day who they want to conduct their affairs and they chose not to have me this time around. I have to respect that,” said Walwyn, who extended congratulations to Fahie and the VIP.
Walwyn, who racked up the single highest number of votes in the last two general elections, further told BVI News he was “not sure” if he was surprised that he was not re-elected.
“I’m not sure because I knew the election would have been close. I think we all knew that. I don’t think any of us really knew which way it would have gone. It could have gone anyway before the results came out, at least in our minds,” Walwyn said.
He then told BVI News that his defeat at the polls has not changed who he is.
“You’re going to still see me through the neighbourhoods talking with people and see how I can assist because I didn’t do that for politics. Obviously, it wouldn’t be as frequent as when I was a politician but certainly people will still see me around trying to be as helpful as I possibly can to anybody who needs my help,” he said.
Walwyn noted that he will return to tending to his private businesses as early as today.
The full 13 elected members
Thirteen electoral seats were up for grabs during the 2019 General Elections and the Walwyn-led NDP fielded 11 contenders. Of that lot, Mark Vanterpool, Alvera Maduro-Caines and NDP Deputy Chairman Marlon Penn were the only ones to get re-elected to their respective Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth district seats.
The VIP, in the meantime, captured eight seats. Party leader Andrew Fahie was re-elected into the First District, Kye Rymer was elected into the Fifth District, and Dr Natalio and Vincent Wheatley to the Seventh and Ninth districts, respectively.
All four of the party’s Territorial At-Large candidates Sharie de Castro, Neville ‘Sheep’ Smith, Shereen Flax-Charles, and Carvin Malone won a seat.
The other two seats — District 2 and District 3 — went to Progressive Virgin Islands Movement candidate Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull, and Progressives United leader Julian Fraser, respectively.
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