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Advance polling underway!

- elderly & feeble turning out in numbers to cast their ballot in snap elections 2015
There was an early turn out at the House of Assembly chambers in Road Town for Advance Polling which will run from 9am to 2pm, today, June 5, 2015. Photo: VINO
A woman being assisted to get to the polling booth today June 5, 2015 at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: VINO
A woman being assisted to get to the polling booth today June 5, 2015 at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: VINO
Advance Polling underway at the House of Assembly chambers in Road Town, today June 5, 2015. Photo: VINO
Advance Polling underway at the House of Assembly chambers in Road Town, today June 5, 2015. Photo: VINO
Helen Penn was the first to vote at the House of Assembly chambers in Road Town today, June 5, 2015. Photo: VINO
Helen Penn was the first to vote at the House of Assembly chambers in Road Town today, June 5, 2015. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons waiting in line at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons waiting in line at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: VINO
An elderly man leaving the polling station following casting his vote. Photo: VINO
An elderly man leaving the polling station following casting his vote. Photo: VINO
Another elderly man leaving the polling booth. Photo: VINO
Another elderly man leaving the polling booth. Photo: VINO
An aged woman leaving the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay after she voted. Photo: VINO
An aged woman leaving the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay after she voted. Photo: VINO
This woman being assisted getting into the polling station. Photo: VINO
This woman being assisted getting into the polling station. Photo: VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – The elderly, the feeble and those who will be working at polling stations on June 8, 2015 have begun to cast their ballots as advance voting got underway across the territory today June 5, 2015 ahead of Monday’s official polling day.

Advance Polling Day, according to Elections Supervisor Juliette Penn, is held specifically to allow seniors and persons who need extra assistance to vote. It is the day allotted for persons who would need some extra time with the presiding officer or help from a friend.

The Amendments to the Elections Act of 1994 permits a voter who is incapacitated by reason of being an elderly person, illiterate or any physical cause to be able to vote with the assistance of a friend. The term ‘friend’ includes family and relatives.  This category of voter has the option to take advantage of Advance Polling Day.

Advance Polling Day is also for election officers and police officers who will be working on Polling Day, Monday, June 8.

Meanwhile, the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay had a steady stream of persons considered aged or in need of assistance who turned up to cast their ballot.

They came to vote after being inundated for the past four weeks with a battery of radio advertisements and infomercials and night after night of political rallies in various communities in the district and throughout the territory.

When this news site turned up, the line at the centre was moving somewhat slower than expected with frustrated persons asking how many officials were there to deal with voters.

In addition, there was a bit of confusion as to whose turn it was in the line but eventually this was straightened out among the persons waiting themselves as they ascertained who arrived at the centre before whom.

Following the casting of their votes, the elderly and infirm had to be helped to wheelchairs and into vehicles to make their way home.

There was also an early turnout at the polling station at the House of Assembly chambers in Road Town.

Elections Supervisor Juliette Penn is to host a press conference at 4:15 today to inform the territory about the day’s advance polling and further preparations for Monday June 8, 2015.

27 Responses to “Advance polling underway!”

  • voter (05/06/2015, 13:02) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    The beatings have commenced
  • Voter Too (05/06/2015, 13:39) Like (23) Dislike (28) Reply
    I just want Monday to come and go and hoping there will be a change with a coalition government of VIP , NDP,PEP and others .
  • ceta (05/06/2015, 14:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    i hope that the ballot boxes are well secured and i hope that the observers are warrtching closley. I do not trust the sp***r of E........ I pope that the Gov has a hiding place where the bakllot boxes will be stored and that on one can have accessto them the keys has to be well placed this is a curital election already persons names are not on the list in the district whee they accustom to voting for years and they did not ask to have them removed you see what has started already observers watch this election carefully I smell a rat I hope that names of pesons living abroad does not suddnley appears and I hope that the 1 2 3 5 districts does not be victimised by the hands of thise in cahaged May god continue to bless the Virgin Islands and may he guide us again protect the ballot boxes

  • mf (05/06/2015, 15:09) Like (41) Dislike (1) Reply
    the elderly are usually wise enough to see through the false promises of those in power who seek desperately to cling to that power
  • I want to cry (05/06/2015, 15:21) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Although its the right for ever individuals to vote, its sad to see some of these older folks hardly could walk some of them don't even make it out to church anymore but we get them out their bed to come vote. I am sure some of these politician don't even go and visit them. Secondly why cant they have an absentee ballot for these elderly people? Another thing all the campaigning they all doing has anyone seek to implement all building in the territories is handicap accessible.
    • Angella (05/06/2015, 15:55) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think the fore parents fight for this once have life it is your right to vote , Congrats BVI your vote is by the Ballotts and not by Bullets. Feel proud of the democratic process in your country.. Am sure if you talk to those elderly they would tell you how proud they are to do this. Peaceful Election BVI.
    • Right to Vote (06/06/2015, 21:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      They are probably ecstatic to be taken out of the home and given an opportunity to cast a vote. It is a privilege to vote.
  • Well Sah (05/06/2015, 15:40) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
    Action man look like he is campaigning in the line.
    • Rad (05/06/2015, 15:50) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
      Why is he there?
    • boy (05/06/2015, 16:09) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
      Early numbers show Frasier ahead of Smith 5 to 3. One guy they where just about to bury cast vote for Frasier.
    • Come on man (05/06/2015, 17:00) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      Where are the police and the observers. He should not be in line doing that and bringing people water and stuff. He need to stop messing with people. We are not stupid. We take what you have but vote for who we feel like.
      • Tis Jokes (05/06/2015, 19:03) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

        You should have seen O'Neal over here shaking people hand right by the pole. That only shows the kind of characters they are.

    • @well sah (05/06/2015, 17:21) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yes, he was blatantly doing so and in direct contravention of the law. But, of course nobody was strong-willed enough to do anything about it. So, left unchecked, he was just up and down harassing the poor people. That was just plain out WRONG!
    • karma (05/06/2015, 21:18) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Bertie was at the catholic community center whole day too. And we suppose to have fairness and transparency etc right?... with 6 observers to cover 22 polling stations on 4 islands. SMH! And already we having issues with the ballots.
    • ABC (05/06/2015, 21:36) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      You should have seen him meeting, greeting and siting with the voters with no interference from the election officers. Of course not, they were all hand picked.
    • 7th (05/06/2015, 22:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      But look who stalk the church in Long Look all day? The "Lobsters " we're there intimidating people... Well sah
  • need two changes (05/06/2015, 16:19) Like (30) Dislike (10) Reply
    I Just hope we get a new health and ;labour and agriculture minister---Hear them health people on RADIO talking non-sense about the rates is on par with regional health services, They are talking about private-hospital-- vs -- a local govt people`s hospital even so the rates are tooo daxxmn high, I wonder what their salaries are like--must be sky high to be talking that non-sense--people`s hospital is not in the class of university hospital in either service or care;. I SPENT 3 NIGHTS AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IN A PRIVATE ROOM--I CALL IT MY BEST VACATION-- THE FOOD THE SERVICE-- THE CARE----AT THE END MY OUT OF POCKET BILL AFTER INSURANCE WAS $379.00 U S DOLLARS..WHICH WAS 205 OF MY CHARGE-- DO THE MATHS--WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR PEEBLES HOSPITAL TO GIVE US FREE CARE....WHAT HAPPEN TO THE 47 MILLION DOLLARS BUDGET THE HOSPITASL BOARD GOT---USELESS GREEDY SET.....I REALLY HOPE WE GET A NEW MINISTER.
    • 20% not 205 (05/06/2015, 16:48) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      You mean 2o% of your charge---I got it ----205 is a typing error.---Understood.--I to think that the fees are very high
  • Ballot Boxes (05/06/2015, 16:43) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just hope the ballot boxes are being held at the police station like they are supposed to. We are too small of a country to discount family and party affiliations, especially if those parties put us there
  • Santo Domingo for medical (05/06/2015, 16:54) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    If I am sick its cheaper for me to get a ticket fly to Santo Domingo and better and cheaper care--As a matter a fact this opens the door for other countries to market their cheaper and better medical care here and get our people fly out to their country for medical care.,,,"No vision"--Greed and selfishness"
  • Just saying (05/06/2015, 20:12) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hope dem do not thief this election from the vip
  • Neighbor (05/06/2015, 20:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice seeing my Ex Neighbor going to cast her vote , Love you Tina
  • Not good (05/06/2015, 22:54) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    As expected the Governor will not do anything about it. These people should not be interfering or influencing the voters like that. Look at how the voter having to squeeze by mark. We if nothing is being done about it then all candidates should be doing the same.
  • A virgn Islander (06/06/2015, 21:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think 100% that no politician's or participant's should be around the polling stations at ALL on elections day...


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