The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) who captured eight of the territory’s 13 electoral seats to win the 2019 General Elections is now disputing one of the remaining five seats they lost.
The VIP has submitted a formal complaint to election officials and is now seeking to get a recount of ballots for the Sixth Electoral District.
VIP candidate John Samuel lost to the NDP’s returning candidate for that constituency, Alvera Maduro-Caines, by 41 votes. The official tally has Maduro-Caines at 575 votes while Samuel trailed by a close 534.
Speaking with BVI News at the conclusion of the election, Samuel said: “We had questions regarding a discrepancy between the numbers that were reported from the tabulating machine at the end of the day and the numbers that were reported here tonight. So we were seeking to verify the numbers from the tabulating machine. That process involves lodging a complaint.”
“He (VIP leader Andrew Fahie) is aware of the process and what we are doing and he supports it,” Samuel added.
A breakdown of the eight seats the VIP won shows Fahie being re-elected into the First District, Kye Rymer being elected into the Fifth District, and Dr Natalio and Vincent Wheatley being voted into 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 five seats went to Progressive Virgin Islands Movement candidate Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull (District 2), Progressives United leader Julian Fraser (District 3), and the NDP’s three elected candidates Mark Vanterpool (District 4), Alvera Maduro-Caines (District 6) and NDP Deputy Chairman Marlon Penn (District 8).
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