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Territorial At-Large seats treated like a stepchild, says Malone

Health & Social Development Minister Carvin Malone

Territorial At-Large Member Carvin Malone has suggested that various governments have failed to give At-Large seats their fair share of care and attention over the years. 

Malone argued that district representatives are not in favour of Territorial At-Large positions remaining in place. “They reckon, ‘we are perfect as we are,” Malone said on the Umoja show yesterday.

“I was a member of the Constitutional review [panel] back in 2005. When I read the report, I had forgotten the fact that it was a fierce argument because the At-Large constituency is almost like a stepchild to most governments,” Malone stated. 

According to Malone, various National Democratic Party (NDP) governments have been the greater beneficiary and most adept users of the At-Large system since its introduction.

Giving a background to the system, Malone said the section of the constitution which speaks to Territorial At-Large representation was hurriedly implemented in 1995. He argued that the new system was introduced to the territory “almost as a trial” back then and without any guidelines.

Malone said the then-Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt concluded that the At-Large system’s introduction was a ploy to get Stoutt’s Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government out of power because the party had a stronghold on the district system.

“It didn’t prove true in [19]95, it didn’t prove true in [19]99, but from 2003 we saw where it made a big difference,” he said. 

Malone recently proposed in the House of Assembly (HOA) that the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) adopt an amendment to look at whether Anegada and Jost Van Dyke should be declared as Districts 10 and 11, respectively, and elect their own representatives; thereby reducing the number of Territorial At-Large seats from four to two. 

However, his suggestion was not taken up by his fellow lawmakers and he was informed that this can be put to the CRC during its consultations with the public.

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  1. Jane says:

    All reps should be at-large.

  2. Fat Pork says:

    If you had gone in and do what the people send you to do instead of following the head coach, you have had a 42% chance of going back in?
    But that move with CV19 and other topics you now have a 25% chance of being elected ever!!

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  3. AllAtLarge says:

    The district system has been at root of much wrong in BVI politics/politricks.

    ALL politicians running for office in BVI should be accountable to all the people and should be elected at large, by all voters.

  4. TurtleDove says:

    This is why the Premier and the Deputy Premier should only be able to run at large.

  5. Stupes says:

    Shut your mouth when you and Ralph used to do it to the at large ministers you didn’t know your turn was coming.

  6. Rubber Duck says:

    1000 jobs in 1000 days.

    Regrettably most of them were in the Columbian marching powder transhipment business.

  7. STRANGELY says:

    IF HE AND THE RODEO DUDE WAS SO ( CLOSE ) HOW COME HE DIDN’T MAKE HIM HIS DEPUTY 🤔 / NO TRUST ??? 😁

  8. Secret Bear says:

    Have some cheese with your whine, Mr. Malone.

  9. Child says:

    Not sure about stepchild, you have however been behaving like a spoilt child who has had his toy confiscated. Reap what you sow

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