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Deputy Governor’s Office calls for updated Election laws by year end

…says Office already preparing to run-off 2019 polls
Minister for Education and Culture, the Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) has been elected as the Chairman of the NDP and will be leading that party into the election. Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Andrew A. Fahie (R1) who will be heading the VIP is yet to unveil his full slate of VIP’s Candidates—having already unveiled six Candidates. Photo: VINO/File
With General Elections constitutionally due in 2019, the Deputy Governor’s Office has commenced their preliminary preparations such as updating their staff database, looking to recruit new staff and is also looking to introduce new polling stations but they are also calling for updated Election laws to be enacted by year-end. Photo: VINO/File
With General Elections constitutionally due in 2019, the Deputy Governor’s Office has commenced their preliminary preparations such as updating their staff database, looking to recruit new staff and is also looking to introduce new polling stations but they are also calling for updated Election laws to be enacted by year-end. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With General Elections constitutionally due in 2019, the Deputy Governor’s Office has commenced their preliminary preparations such as updating their staff database, looking to recruit new staff and is also looking to introduce new polling stations but they are also calling for updated Election laws to be enacted by year-end.

Acting Permanent Secretary of the Deputy Governor’s Office (AgPSDGO), Mrs Carolyn Stoutt-Igwe, gave the brief earlier this year, when she appeared before the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Assembly (HoA).

The acting Permanent Secretary related at the time that they are aiming to commence the training of the requisite workers this year, adding that they “will also be trying to identify new polling stations within the districts.”

Updated Laws

According to the HoA’s report, in her presentation to the Committee, “she told the Committee that they will be updating their communications strategy in order to implement the voter registration ID cards and will commence giving them out later in the year.”

Mrs Stoutt-Igwe said too they are hoping that they would be able to have a Consolidated Act, that includes all of the recommended amendments from the 2011 and 2015 General Elections by the end of the year.

She noted that it is very important that all staff and workers be well versed in the Elections Act, ahead of the scheduled General Elections. 

Candidates

Thus far, current Minister for Education and Culture, the Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) has been elected as the Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and will be leading that party into the election.

Hon Walwyn’s election to Chairman has been viewed as a divisive development in the NDP, with several party members refusing to contest alongside him. However, he has imposed an August 12, 2018, deadline for these members to make a final decision.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Andrew A. Fahie (R1) who will be heading the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is yet to unveil his full slate of VIP’s Candidates—having already unveiled six Candidates    .

Additionally, businessman and former Permanent Secretary, Julian Willock, has announced that he will be contesting for a seat in the HoA as an At Large Representative.

 

5 Responses to “Deputy Governor’s Office calls for updated Election laws by year end ”

  • qc (01/08/2018, 16:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Looks like value for money! for all needed for next election
  • ReX FeRal (01/08/2018, 18:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Swell.
  • Political Observer (PO) (01/08/2018, 20:53) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Level the playing field. Established a date certain for general election. Currently, the sitting government sets when the election is held, providing it with an unfair advantage. Yes, to the victor goes the spoil; nonetheless, let’s us ditch the uncertainty.
  • voter (01/08/2018, 21:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's been years since they've been talking about voter cards and electronic voting. All we could do is stand at a podium with a mike a talk talk talk. No actipn.
  • No options. (02/08/2018, 17:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don’t like any of my options. Waiting and hoping for a new party to emerge.


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