Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Myron Walwyn believes his party’s chances of being re-elected as the government would have been considerably higher if the party remained united and if the hurricanes had not affected the territory.
Walwyn gave that indication during an NDP press conference at The Moorings last Friday.
“There were a number of factors which we can attribute our loss
In explaining what part the 2017 disasters might have played in his and the NDP’s defeat, Walwyn said: “Coming out of the hurricane, people’s lives were still not together, persons are still somewhat emotional; particularly persons who may not have been able to get a job and so forth.”
Another issue he pointed out was the party’s lack of communication in areas that the electorate were concerned about.
Walwyn, in retrospect, said he felt the NDP could have done a better job in that regard.
PVIM, bad memes affected us too
Walwyn said the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) also played a significant role in the NDP’s defeat at the 2019 polls.
“If you look at the persons who followed the PVIM, these are persons who would have normally been with the NDP. And I really do believe that if we didn’t have that exodus, we would have been the Government of the Virgin Islands for the third time. I really do strongly believe that” he stated.
Just days ago, PVIM leader Ronnie Skelton had also said being associated with the NDP cost his party the election.
Meanwhile, another area Walwyn had alluded to was the effect negative social media memes had on the NDP.
“When people see these things coming out, it operates on your mind because it is a different matter you have to now consider and it confuses you,” he said.
Walwyn, in the meantime, said he will be present to contest the next general election.
“I am not quitting,” the two-term politician said.
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