Congress of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is meeting on Saturday to select the election candidate who will replace Julian Fraser as the party’s political contender for the Third Electoral District.
Fraser has held the seat for the VIP since 1999 but the politician has broken away from the party and has since established his own organisation called Progressives United.
With rights to contest the Third District seat under the VIP now open, party Chairman Andrew Fahie said one potential candidate will appear before the VIP Congress for ratification this weekend.
He said another potential VIP candidate will also appear for the Eighth Electoral District.
“I cannot say who they are until they ratify them because it’s up to the Congress when they vote,” Fahie said on Tuesday.
If these two potential candidates are approved come Saturday, the VIP would only need to select a candidate for the Second Electoral District to complete its round-up of candidates for all nine electoral districts.
That would also mean the VIP will only then need to select its candidates to contest the four Territorial At-Large seats.
We’re not looking for ‘big names’
While commenting on the criteria for persons wanting to become a political candidate for the VIP, Fahie said: “We’re not just looking persons with ‘big names’ as people say. We’re looking for people with big hearts for the country [and] who are willing to work together.”
He also noted other qualities such as being educated.
The six VIP district candidates that have been confirmed to contest the next general elections are opposition Leader Fahie who will seek re-election in the First District, and Director of Culture Luce Hodge-Smith, who was named as the VIP’s candidate for the Fourth.
Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles Kye Rhymer will be the party’s challenger for the Fifth District while former Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works John Samuel was named as the VIP’s contender for the Sixth District.
VIP President Dr Natalio ‘Sowande’ Wheatley will contest in the Seventh, and recently-resigned Sister Islands Coordinator Vincent Wheatley will seek election in the Ninth District.
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