The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) has officially begun its election campaign with what is believed to be its first campaign video already in circulation.
The 53 seconds-long video – which party leader Andrew Fahie has endorsed – suggested the VIP would be the government to implement the long-called-for ‘whistleblower’ legislation, if the party is elected.
“This legislation gives public servants a way to report illegal and unethical activities within the civil service without fear of being victimized. Wrong is wrong. If you see it, you can tell it and you will be protected,” the video said.
“No time to divide your vote among different parties. Vote for the party that cares. Vote VIP all the way,” it continued.
In a subsequent interview with BVI News, Fahie said, over the last few years, many public servants have been concerned about things they have witnessed that are contrary to local laws surrounding proper financial management.
“But … if they say anything, they will be victimized in one form or the other and, at times, made to look like they are the villains. This legislation would allow them if they can see it, once it’s wrong, they can tell it and be protected.”
However, the Opposition leader was quick to point out “it is not a legislation for people to be malicious but to ensure that there are more accountability and transparency [in public office].”
VIP legislative agenda
Meanwhile, Fahie said the aforementioned video will be one of many that will depict the VIP’s legislative agenda. He said the agenda was developed over the last few years; stemming from concerns by the general public.
“These concerns have led them (the public) to reach to a point where they have lost confidence in public officials to be accountable, transparent, and to ensure good governance,” Fahie said.
The political organisation’s campaign is operating under the slogan ‘VIP Cares’. And when asked whether he believes his party feels genuine concern or interest for residents, Fahie responded: “The VIP’s track record is one where we have shown that we care for the people.”
He further said, over the years, there has been no other political party that has demonstrated they have cared for the people and the territory more than the VIP.
“That is something that cannot be disputed,” he remarked.
The VIP leader also said most of the district candidates to contest the next election would have been ratified by the party’s congress by mid-month in July.
He said following their ratification, the party will then move to secure the candidates desirous of being At-Large members.
“That [process] is going excellent,” he said.