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Advance polling underway; Issues with voting machine reported

As advance polling ahead of 2019 General Elections starts today, February, 21, 2019, in the Virgin Islands (VI), information coming into our news centre is that at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre, the staff there are experiencing issues with the E-tabulation machine. Photo: VINO
While National Democratic Party (NDP 1) Chairman, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) have urged citizens that the voting machines were just counting machines, many voters throughout the territory especially the young and the elderly have claimed that they do not trust the machines. Photo: File/GIS
While National Democratic Party (NDP 1) Chairman, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) have urged citizens that the voting machines were just counting machines, many voters throughout the territory especially the young and the elderly have claimed that they do not trust the machines. Photo: File/GIS
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – As advance polling ahead of 2019 General Elections starts today, February, 21, 2019, in the Virgin Islands (VI), information coming into our news centre is that at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre, the staff there are experiencing issues with the E-tabulation machine.

While the new DS 200 Precinct Scanners and e-poll books were tested by the Election Office a few months ago, the polling station in Sea Cows Bay on Tortola is having issues with its machine.  

Technicians to sort issue

As such, up until 10:00am, the early voting process has not been started with lots of senior and other essential workers gathered outside in the line awaiting technicians to get the system up and running effectively.

While National Democratic Party (NDP 1) Chairman, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) had urged citizens that the voting machines were just counting machines, many voters throughout the territory especially the young and the elderly have claimed that they do not trust the machines.

Our news centre will bring more information as the details unfold.   

6 Responses to “Advance polling underway; Issues with voting machine reported”

  • wize up (21/02/2019, 11:20) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
    Do the Right-Thing....

    Under VIP
    1. police
    2. HM Prison
    3. ports
    4. Fire Service(east/west)

    Under NDP
    1. Police(!)
    2. HM Prison(!)
    3. Ports(!)
    4. Fire Service(!!)

    Continue having a wonderful day
  • 123 (21/02/2019, 14:45) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
    VIP all the way boss
  • John (21/02/2019, 18:05) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    We need to stop playing with our democratic rights. Since when did senior citizen age became 70 years to vote in the early voting? The BVIG wants us to retire at 60. And Social Security only starts at 65 years. In the Commercial Banks(some have senior citizen lines) you have to be 65 years. By the way it all started with the children when a child is considered an adult to buy a ticket once above age 12. The society must change going forward or we will be domed to receive more of the same.
  • Kemel (21/02/2019, 18:11) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    All in a few days
    The Voter registration closed.
    The voter registration card introduced.
    The preliminary voter list published.
    The revised voter list promised.
    The test of the counting machines shading an oval rather than marking an X.
    The release of the poling stations
    All these changes in one election, If I was in another country I would cry foul.

  • Not good (21/02/2019, 18:56) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Some Seniors were not up for this. Some waited over two hours and then finally moving very slowly in a line at Sea Cows Bay Center. Trust me, it was not the best experience. NDP Politicians were roaming in between the crowds in line, It was a little chaotic, to me. Oh, well. BVI politics.
    • Music (22/02/2019, 07:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Took 3 hours. But all parties were there. Observers also there. Registration was the slowest. Elderly people with no id having to swear an affidavit, holding up others.


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