By Davion Smith, BVI News Staff
Former First District candidate for the National Democratic Party (NDP) Shaina Smith has cut ties with the party.
She submitted a formal letter of resignation this week, stating that hers and the NDP’s goals were no longer the same.
She told BVI News on Thursday evening that she has now aligned with a new political organisation.
“I felt that it was necessary to basically partner with a team of like-minded persons who are more progressive. We are looking at the success of the Virgin Islands as a whole as our focus. That’s basically one of the fundamental reasons … that I made the decision to move on.”
Smith did not disclose the name of the new party which she is migrating to but said she will make an official announcement in the coming weeks.
“We’re just finalising some details now in terms of what our plans are,” Smith said, adding that she will not be contesting the First District seat for this new party in the upcoming General Election.
“I’ll be going out as an At-Large candidate,” Smith told BVI News.
Notably, there are at least four political organisations expected to present candidates in the next General Election — the Andrew Fahie-led VIP, the Julian Fraser-led Progressives United, another party reportedly being established by Ronnie Skelton, and the Myron Walwyn-led NDP.
BVI News, in the meantime, asked Smith whether the new Walwyn leadership had anything to do with her cutting ties with the NDP.
She did not give a direct response.
“I’d go back to my original statement and say that — yes leadership matters — but it’s important to be aligned with a team that we have shared values and a shared vision for our country,” she replied.
When BVI News contacted Walwyn for comment, he wished the now-former NDP member well.
“We would like to thank Shaina for her contributions made to the National Democratic Party and wish her all the best in her future endeavours,” he said.