While describing it as a potentially unpopular proposal, Virgin Islands Party (VIP) leader Andrew Fahie said he is considering to do away with two of the four Territorial At-Large seats in the BVI.
He said the VIP is further considering to replace those two At-Large seats by creating exclusive seats for an Anegada representative and a Jost Van Dyke representative, respectively.
As things stand now, the sister island of Anegada is part of the Ninth Electoral District while Jost Van Dyke is part of the Second District constituency.
These are things the VIP would review if they get elected as government, Fahie said.
“We have to re-evaluate the effectiveness of the whole At-Large system versus what they said it was intended to do, what it is doing, [and whether] the people are getting the quality representation from it overall. Is it an asset to the territory? We have to review this,” Fahie said on Tuesday.
“We want to look at the whole composition of the 13 members [of the House of Assembly] to see if we can change how some of them are now elected or if we have to reduce accordingly or even expand,” he further explained.
The 13 legislators that are elected after a general election comprise nine district candidates and four Territorial At-Large candidates.
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