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Another new Political Party emerges - Reform Action Alliance (RAA)

-To contest 2019 General Elections; Says where they do not have a candidate will endorse others
Another new Political Party emerges - Reform Action Alliance (RAA). Photo: Facebook
One name has emerged associated with the Party is Cindy L. Rosan-Jones a BVI Tourist Board official. Photo: Provided
One name has emerged associated with the Party is Cindy L. Rosan-Jones a BVI Tourist Board official. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The political temperature in the Virgin Islands (VI) is heating up with yet another new political party formed called the Reform Action Alliance (RAA).

In a press statement today, Tuesday, January 1, 2019, the party announced its launch. While they are tight-lipped about its candidates, its supporters or sponsors, they noted that “Fifty Virgin Islanders and their supporters have come together to create the RAA, a civic organization aimed at broad spectrum change in the Territory's governance.”

The new political party claimed that “After ten months of meetings, focus group discussions, market research and ongoing deliberations, the RAA has now been launched to act as a watchdog for the people of the VI and to field and endorse candidates for the next General Election.”

Who are they?

In the same press release, they failed to announce a single candidate, however, stated that their “Entry onto the political scene by this diverse group of Virgin Islanders was prompted by overwhelming feedback from the public that the existing systems of governance do not work in the best interest of the people and that - more than any other time in our history - conscientious and common sense change is urgently needed.”

While they have not named their founders, Chairman or President, via the press release, the group said, “What we found was that both voter and non-voter residents have become disenchanted with Government, with our leaders, with how systems work, and with the existing party system.”

Candidates coming mid-January

They noted, however, that the “RAA will present four dynamic At-Large candidates in mid-January, once the House of Assembly (HoA) is dissolved, along with RAA endorsements of candidates already declared who reflect and support the RAA’s Vision and Values.”

One name has emerged associated with the Party is Cindy L. Rosan-Jones a BVI Tourist Board official.

She was quoted as saying in the release send out last night—with an embargo not to published until today New Year’s Day 2018— “Our biggest concerns are that people have grown hopeless, that there is disinterest in going to the polls, and that many young people do not see the importance in registering to vote”, adding that “It was startling for us to hear how many people did not feel their vote at the polls mattered.”

Transparency – The word of the day

According to the new RAA, they believe in “Fair, progressive, honest and transparent Governance” as well as “Quality standards of living attainable by all through broad access to excellent healthcare, education, housing and a livable wage.”

There press release was issued by a Sarah L. Graham and they requested “For further information, please contact info@raabvi.org.”

5 Political Parties

The RAA brings to five, the declared political parties to contest the 2019 General Elections that must be held before April 16, 2019. 

They are the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) headed by Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), National Democratic Party (NDP) headed by Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), an NDP breakaway group Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) headed by Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), Progressives United (PU) headed by Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) and the new Reform Action Alliance (RAA), with their leader unknown. 

21 Responses to “Another new Political Party emerges - Reform Action Alliance (RAA) ”

  • Geez um bread (01/01/2019, 15:02) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another one?
  • Lioness (01/01/2019, 15:05) Like (65) Dislike (4) Reply
    Welcome now if you going talk about Transparency and don't have the honesty to tell us who you are and who are your candidates then I regard this as fake news
  • Beak (01/01/2019, 16:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    More sttrss
  • . (01/01/2019, 16:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Swell
  • Lb (01/01/2019, 17:03) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blah blah blah
  • Political Observer (PO) (01/01/2019, 17:29) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    The pool of political talent is shallow and the myriad of political parties is making it shallower. Nonetheless, the RAA should be welcomed. However, the RAA seemed to be advocating transparency so why the secrecy about founders, elected officers, candidates........etc? Election fever is in the air so now is the time for every party to lay out its vision, its plan of action......etc to the people. Parties cannot wait until an election date is set to start campaigning; campaigning should have started months ago. Campaigning after an election date is set is just making the closing argument. The territory is in a dysfunctional state and needs a stable government with a dynamic vision to chart a new course and set the compass on a new direction. Dr. Hon Premier Daniel Orlando Smith (AL), give the electorate a new year gift. Dissolve the HOA now, set an election date and let the people vote. Other than self interest ( running out the clock in elected office), there is really no reason(s) for delaying the much needed election. Give the people what it wants——an election.
  • east man (01/01/2019, 17:30) Like (34) Dislike (7) Reply
    Girl go sit down your angry self
  • DON Q (01/01/2019, 21:48) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    Anything but the ndp
  • Eagle Eye (02/01/2019, 03:02) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    If we truly want a change then welcome the new party y'all.bless
  • The Reaper (02/01/2019, 04:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    My Beautiful VIrgin Islands
  • ??? (02/01/2019, 08:54) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    We have to ask ourselves what is her agenda. Does she like Indigenous BVIslanders? She seems to be a woman scorned by society and can’t get over it. Very uptight and angry individual, not my vote!
    • ??? (02/01/2019, 11:05) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
      You for real? You going question someone whose entire family line is indigenous and ask if she like indigenous BVIslanders? Scorned by society? Hang tight, you’ll have a lot to learn. If you think these islands have time for this nonsense, keep going. We looking for change and some good options. Ms. Rosan, you keep going, we got you.
      • Reply (02/01/2019, 22:34) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        I am for real but the question is, is she? The way she tells it cousins make dozens in the BVI. Except for in her family. She is disrespectful and out of place.
  • Splinters (02/01/2019, 13:53) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    I welcome this new party. Up til now, all I see is splinters of the same rotten tree and we know that tree only grows for self. If this party is really different, they got me.
  • ccc (03/01/2019, 01:36) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wish her all the best as anything is better than the current ndp crooks
  • ... (03/01/2019, 02:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Not impress so far they started out lacking tranprearancy
  • Hmm... (03/01/2019, 07:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    if they really wanted to impress the people, they would have launched their party with their 4 choices of at large candidates. show the people you mean business, or haven't you heard that we are tired of all the secrets? bad start.


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