Premier Dr D Orlando Smith recently said the 2019 General Election might come earlier than anticipated but, in a follow-up statement, Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie said his party will not be caught unprepared for the election.
Fahie said the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) plans to finalise the VIP candidates who will be contesting the respective District Representative posts by the middle of next month.
He said the VIP will select its At-Large candidates “very shortly after”.
Fahie – who is the elected representative for the First District – then sought to address claims stating he will contest the 2019 polls as an At-Large candidate.
“I want to totally close down that rumour. Andrew A. Fahie is the First District candidate for the Virgin Islands Party,” he asserted.
Premier Smith deserves respect
The Opposition Leader made the statements following the recent internal elections of the National Democratic Party (NDP), which saw Education Minister Myron Walwyn emerge as the new leader of the NDP.
Fahie congratulated Walwyn and the other victors of those elections and further expressed gratitude to Premier Smith, who stepped down as NDP leader.
Fahie said: “As Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party, it is only respectful to, first of all, say thank you to the outgoing President of the NDP, Dr D Orlando Smith, for the hard work and dedication that he has given. We definitely had our battles but we definitely have to respect anyone in leadership when they decide to hang up their hats”.
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