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D4 By-Election looms; Walwyn to make a comeback?

-VIP has opportunity to pick up another seat, HoA dissolved with 12 seats, will reconvene with 12
Myron V. Walwyn, Luce D. Hodge-Smith and Henry O. Creque. Photo. VINO/File/Facebook
Karl M. Scatliffe and Dr. Vincent G. Scatliffe. Photo: PVIM/VINO/File
Karl M. Scatliffe and Dr. Vincent G. Scatliffe. Photo: PVIM/VINO/File
Mark H. Vanterpool dropped a bombshell when he announced on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, that he had resigned his elective post a week after being re-elected to the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA). Photo: Provided
Mark H. Vanterpool dropped a bombshell when he announced on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, that he had resigned his elective post a week after being re-elected to the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA). Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Mark H. Vanterpool dropped a bombshell when he announced on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, that he had resigned from his elective post a week after being re-elected to the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA).

His group, the National Democratic Party  (NDP 1) suffered a crushing defeat and rejection at the polls on February 25, 2019, coming in with a mere 4 seats out of 13.  It also saw his Party Leader, the controversial Myron V. Walwyn being convincingly defeated by over 600 votes.

Can the NDP be trusted?

According to the Governor and the Virgin Islands, the constitution says a by-election must be held within two months.  However, it is now up to Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to advise His Excellency Augustus J. U. Jaspert of a date.

Many have suggested that the decision of Mr Vanterpool, has further raised trust issues with the NDP 1—and if they care about people—at a time when many are blaming Mr Wawlyn for the NDP election loss as the party was planning to rebrand and even seek a new leader.

With the pending by-election, according to sources within the NDP1, no candidate has been selected at their recent emergency meeting, however, the front runners are believed to be Mr Walwyn and Henry O. Creque, the son of the former First Lady Lorna G. Smith OBE.

Luce on the Loose

Public opinion placed the Virgin Islands Party’s (VIP) candidate, Luce D. Hodge-Smith—who lost to Mr Vanterpool by 57 votes—as the favourite. Mr Vanterpool had 442 votes and Hodge-Smith obtained 385.

The two other smaller parties, the Progressives United (PU) and the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) also had candidates in the 2019 race, however, it is unclear if their candidates will return.

A by-election will now cost the Territory additional money, as the voters were just settling down after a hard fought 2019 General Elections. All eyes are on whom the NDP1 will bring, as the VIP is likely to stick with Ms Hodge-Smith, an indigenous Virgin Islander.


One historical fact is that the Third HoA was dissolved in 2018 with 12 seats after the death of Hon Deloris Lettsome-Christopher (R5) and the Fourth HoA will reconvene on March 12, 2019, with also 12 seats after the resignation of Mr Vanterpool in the 13 seat legislature.

32 Responses to “D4 By-Election looms; Walwyn to make a comeback? ”

  • No Name (07/03/2019, 19:50) Like (61) Dislike (12) Reply
    Can the NDP be trusted?

  • please (07/03/2019, 20:22) Like (48) Dislike (6) Reply
    Please let that sorry loser go siddung and lick his festering wounds.

    We don't want no second hand canoe in the fourth. Can't deal with no more mudslinging.
  • Dedra (07/03/2019, 20:46) Like (58) Dislike (6) Reply
    Let them come, the 4th is not a dolly house district. Luce all the way. We turning up the campaign and going all out. Who want to double loose and loose again come.
    • the rock (09/03/2019, 03:28) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Ooh please, Luce ain't got a chance against Henry, i really hope he throws his name in the ring!
  • schoolgirl (07/03/2019, 21:29) Like (56) Dislike (7) Reply
    we want Luce Hodge Smith
  • Watch Dog (07/03/2019, 21:58) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    Luce Hodge-Smith, Henry Creque, Myron Walwyn........etc . Somebody is going to get a double set a blows in 3 months.
  • vip (07/03/2019, 22:12) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    Luce is on the loose!!
  • Lazarene (07/03/2019, 22:33) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Saw you had him in a coffin...ďo you want a dead man to run again? Well sah
  • Finger wet (07/03/2019, 22:36) Like (27) Dislike (9) Reply
    Boy so much fun if Myron come this time we will make he cry long water
  • Damon (08/03/2019, 00:25) Like (23) Dislike (4) Reply
    Hmmn..I wondered if mark’s retirement wasn’t orchestrated.. somehow I felt there was more to that mortar beside the pestle.. worries. God has the final say..He run things...
  • wize up (08/03/2019, 01:25) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    The affiliates of the National Democratic Party are primarily about personal gratification and uses their political profile to ascertain personal wealth
  • Eagle Eye (08/03/2019, 04:07) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Poor funny man another political L
  • RealPol (08/03/2019, 04:09) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr walwyn for your family and business sake stay out of this THING, your family has been through too much
  • hello! (08/03/2019, 04:46) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
    Vino you are wrong on this one, the ndp is about to drop an individual the 4th, that no one will expect who is a proven leader and has the respect of all the people in the VI! As you all does say "You heard it first on vino" the 4th dustrict is good to go!
    • wize up (08/03/2019, 09:44) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ hello!: be kind to the people of the territory and share the name of this mysterious persons: I don’t think the people can handle anymore surprises from NDP(missing money; defeat at the 2019 poles; stunning development from # 4)keep the faith
  • wize up (08/03/2019, 05:04) Like (2) Dislike (16) Reply
    please encourage the chairman to run in 4
    • To Mr . Walwyn (08/03/2019, 09:59) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      Take a break . Sit back listen and watch .U have 3 yrs to plan your come back . I believe you will be back ...As for now Henry Creque stands the best chance in 4.
  • Road Town Rebel (08/03/2019, 05:42) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Anything Red or Blue in the 4th Dead. Bring it on.
    • hello (08/03/2019, 12:52) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      Becareful what you ask for, you might just get it soon and very soon!
  • son of the soil (08/03/2019, 07:12) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    we need to keep the House local
  • Hmm (08/03/2019, 08:40) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    Well if Henry would like to get in for the 4th, he would have to disassociate himself from the NDP. He's a good candidate but is damaged by his association.
  • Xaveryna (08/03/2019, 09:37) Like (4) Dislike (24) Reply
    D4 we going with Myron and not Henry. Henry too soft to be in the Opposition. My boi Myron can shake up the Opposition the way it should be shaken. The leader Marlon not the one to put up against Andrew. Give Myron a chance in a district. He can make things happen in the 4th.
  • I'm for Creque (08/03/2019, 09:53) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
    VIP has nothing to gain . They already have the government . Get the youngster in .He is bright .He is honest..He is genuine hard working and he is a bright future . Get the opposition stronger . Keep the government on it's Toes and honest ....

  • Freddy (08/03/2019, 12:38) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    The greedy family have had their turn. Please!!!!!!

  • Enlighten! (08/03/2019, 17:05) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who’s the greedy family? The Anguilla ppl.
  • Former financial lady. (08/03/2019, 18:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    She wuz de frig.... only a few decent ones from that camp
    • 4 district voter (09/03/2019, 01:11) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      If you know what’s good for Creque ,Myron ,or the others including Raymond chi chi Fonseca come don’t be afraid we the voters of the forth district will make an example out of you this is not like the plane loads that mark brought From Santodomingo to win the election if you think we ain’t aware of your power hunger go in another district not the forth we ain’t having it we will make an example out of you not in this district.
  • Fraudster (10/03/2019, 20:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope they make him pay for the by election and suspend his pension.
  • hello (11/03/2019, 07:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    District 4 voter, which one you want us send, go ahead and pick yur poison? And too fraudster-go sid down please, and make sure you go in the back seat!

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