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EE Hispanic family accuses NDP of trying to buy votes

- Spanish speaking community family accuses NDP of trying to buy their votes even though they have turned their backs on them for the last three & a half years
The Vinzen family of East End, Tortola, has accused the National Democratic Party of trying to buy their votes. Photo: Team of Reporters
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith has has refuted the allegations of the NDP trying to pay persons for their votes. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith has has refuted the allegations of the NDP trying to pay persons for their votes. Photo: VINO/File
EAST END/LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI – Members of the Hispanic community have alleged that the National Democratic Party (NDP) tried to give them money in exchange for their votes at the elections of June 8, 2015.

This news site visited members of the Vinzen family in East End, Tortola who were bold enough to make the allegation on record.

Throughout the brief election campaign, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) has been making the accusation that persons from the NDP have been visiting various communities distributing 'white envelopes' to people with the hope that such persosn would vote for them.

Pointing to his elder relative, a young man translating into English what his elder relative said told this news site that persons from “the red party” came and offered him money. But he said that he did not take it as he did not support that party because they did nothing in almost four years.

“He say that he want change to see what could happen,” said the young man as he translated for his relative.

Pointing to his aunt, the young man said, “She was saying that they come to her business with money in an envelope and she started arguing with them and they was saying like she was not good. She told them she wanted change. She said it was disrespectful to her for them to come to the business.”

Concerns regarding Labour and Immigration

According to the members of the family, they are concerned that it costs too much for renewal of work permit and other immigration and labour related services.

They said too that the time allowed in the country is too brief. Further, they said that there is a need for more bilingual people working in the Labour Department and at the Immigration Department as they are given a hard time when there is a language barrier to deal with.

According to the persons, they have put these and other questions to members of the NDP during rallies and other occasions and they have not received any response.

“The NDP is blocking everything for outside people. We is nothing to NDP,” one of the persons said. “The VIP always have an answer for the poor people…the NDP always too high so you couldn’t reach to them,” she said.

Not true says Premier Smith

Contacted for a comment, Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith refuted the allegations that the NDP tried to buy votes.

"As far as I know nobody in the party has offered money to anybody. There is no indication that anybody in the National Democratic Party has offered money to anybody to vote for them," he said, adding that it was the first time he was hearing of the allegations.

92 Responses to “EE Hispanic family accuses NDP of trying to buy votes”

  • BVIslander (15/06/2015, 08:51) Like (135) Dislike (7) Reply
    For heaven's sake, let it go!!!
    • Comment (15/06/2015, 12:52) Like (19) Dislike (118) Reply
      Many of the people saying let it go have mostly likely received cash this election or would have accepted cash or a contract.
      • @Comment (16/06/2015, 08:31) Like (47) Dislike (1) Reply
        So how come only now they coming forward? Well if they re in the 8th, Penn certainly did not have to pay anyone to vote for him. His record spoke for himself. As a matter of fact, none of the NDP had to pay anyone..that is the VIP style.
  • i from here (15/06/2015, 08:54) Like (96) Dislike (29) Reply
    LOL! Sour Grapes!
  • zoe (15/06/2015, 08:55) Like (48) Dislike (28) Reply
    Whats new here...we done know this
    • HAHA (15/06/2015, 09:32) Like (184) Dislike (20) Reply
      If you believe that these Spanish people were offered money and turned it down because they wanted to vote VIP, then you just as stupid. This is hilarious!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA! Spanish people turned down envelopes of money because it's not right HAHA. This is not a hit against spanish people, because I know many of them and they are nice people. But for me to think that a hurting family will turn down money because they love the VIP over NDP, thats nonsense.
      • @HAHA (15/06/2015, 12:48) Like (12) Dislike (52) Reply
        That sounds more ignorant...so you are saying that there are no honest Spanish people in the BVI when it comes to money matters? ( No hurting person can turn done money...especially Spanish people) Observers, this is the greed of this country!
        • pink phone (16/06/2015, 16:48) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
          Spanish or english, ain't nobody turning down Money lmaooooooooooooooooooo
      • karma (15/06/2015, 14:01) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
        Not everyone is willing to sell their soul, regardless of how much they may be hurting. Of course this is strange to YOU as a culture of desperation and greed has become the order of the day. Regardless of where someone is from, truth and fairness will always be something that will be sought after by those of us who understand life and the laws that this universe from a higher level. I am from the BVI... and I approve this message
        • You need hush. (18/06/2015, 23:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          I'm sure everyone has a price. A person might be 100or 1000. You maybe 10,000. But dangle the right amount in front of you, YOU will take it
  • Well Well (15/06/2015, 08:57) Like (202) Dislike (61) Reply
    The elections are over and done. Now why would anyone go to these people to buy their votes? How many votes did they have to sell? I think people need to stop talking nonsense in this day and age. Maybe they are confused with the parties, because NDP didn't need to buy any votes.
    • Agree (15/06/2015, 10:42) Like (97) Dislike (10) Reply
      And to make matters worst they live in East End........Like Hon. M. Penn needed to buy any votes who was his competition........smh
      • LOL (15/06/2015, 15:51) Like (33) Dislike (4) Reply
        I strongly believe that this was VIP going around in red shirts. NDP had to reason to buy what they already had. They bought an election from themselves and they had it from jump? Tah mek sense?
  • .......... (15/06/2015, 09:00) Like (20) Dislike (53) Reply

    Dr smith starts off his second admin telling l**$...

  • wow (15/06/2015, 09:04) Like (151) Dislike (72) Reply
    Come on election is over the damm NDP win by a landslide get the f$$k over with, you all sickening. Someone from the VIP offer me money and I took it so what the hell.
  • wize up (15/06/2015, 09:05) Like (71) Dislike (54) Reply
    listen; next election and you are offered money(cash) and you do not want it, simply give me call urgently (555-5555); some don't give cash but they do give contracts to brothers, sisters, family members or good friends..... passing of money been happening for years but it headline news simply because VIP lost!!!!!
  • crazy (15/06/2015, 09:17) Like (83) Dislike (41) Reply
    Firstly, looking at these Hispanic people they don’t even look like they can vote, much less to say they have belongers status. How can the NDP offer them white envelopes to vote? Secondly, Dr. Pickering is a veteran politician his votes are sure. Hon. Marlon Penn his votes are sure as well. Frankly I do not believe these people; VIP supporters put them up to this. If they continue with these attacks against the NDP, they will leave us with no choice, but to give NDP four more years come next election.
    • ...... (15/06/2015, 10:18) Like (24) Dislike (13) Reply
      Wow Judgmental much! How can you look at them and say they look like they can't vote? Sad place we live in. SMH
    • HAHAHA (15/06/2015, 10:20) Like (61) Dislike (8) Reply
      Exactly!!! None of the races in the East were tight so why would anybody offer them money? Marlon won by about 800 and Kedrick won by over 500 and this was no surprise. Why would NDP have to pay anybody in the East for votes? Further, they look like they could well use the damn money so this makes absolutely no sense.
      • wize up (15/06/2015, 12:00) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ HAHAHA; I send the motion....
      • LOL (15/06/2015, 14:53) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
        You were just there in your logic but let me help you out, one of those raced were won BECAUSE the entire NDP at large team came and gave out money.
        • Well! (16/06/2015, 13:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          @ Lol: does that make sense? Giving money to get vote makes no sense (VIP or NDP) since if its taken, it doesn't guarantee they vote for you. Notice that some people don't put one thing on their ballots. Only those who are desperate to win would resort to such. NDP has strong support and their record speaks for them, individually and as a team. End of story. Election is over. The people have spoken, but most of all God sets up leaders and he takes them down. That's the Word of Jehovah God (I am not a Jehovah ...).
    • hm (15/06/2015, 10:53) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
      Why do you think their votes are sure? Is it because they are doing so much for the community or is it because they always hand out money (to the poor) and as others say, many will not refuse. But in my opinion this 'help' for the poor in this manner basically keeps the poor dependent on the representative so yes their VOTES ARE SURE.
  • DON Q (15/06/2015, 09:21) Like (36) Dislike (58) Reply
    I believe the spanish ppl ndp buy the elections
  • First district (15/06/2015, 09:21) Like (51) Dislike (10) Reply
    please get over it if you have issues living in the vi please cross the bridge and there you go outtta here
  • LOL (15/06/2015, 09:26) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply

    F***** buy some of his own too... lol take a pic of your ballot money is yours

    • Ungrateful (15/06/2015, 13:31) Like (26) Dislike (5) Reply
      Rajah never said THANK YOU to the 25 persons who voted for him. Well Sah
    • wize up (15/06/2015, 20:20) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      @LOL: I hear that happened in district number 3; now I heard so and have no facts but i also know not everything good to talk; that's why I am writing it...
  • zzouch (15/06/2015, 09:27) Like (29) Dislike (6) Reply
    VIP is starting their campaign early ss they did the last one . Wanna bet they won't be ready for the next one. Old habits die hard.
  • True (15/06/2015, 09:28) Like (35) Dislike (8) Reply
    1: why should there be bi-lingual staff? We speak English in the BVI not Spanish and why would they give money to people who require work permits and go to the labor and immigration department answer they wouldn't.
    • AMEN! (16/06/2015, 05:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @True.......I am with you on that one! Only in the BVI/USVI and the USA Foreigners will migrate and feel that their needs should be met by the Locals. Are they for real? Coming to another man's country to take up Residence and feel that their cultural language should be accommodated, PLEASE!!!!!!
  • LOL (15/06/2015, 09:31) Like (85) Dislike (6) Reply
    VINO, let's get a story about the vote buying down on sea cows bay well on election day. We got the pictures and recordings, if you don't do the story, someone else will!
  • Tola Voter (15/06/2015, 09:33) Like (43) Dislike (16) Reply
    Check VG voters and you will hear how many 'big' sums were passed out up there. It is soooo sad when all this happens. As a matter of fact I heard lots of monies were passed out in all the districts . But the truth is- God is still on the throne and all unjust deeds will not go unpaid. We know that NDP would want us to forget this, but the people cannot. It was much too obvious, and the folks are talking it. Cannot wait to see and hear that report from the observers. Time will tell.
    • Trump (15/06/2015, 10:16) Like (24) Dislike (9) Reply
      Tola Voter are you saying God will punish people who give money for votes? What about people who give contracts for votes and people who pave roads only in their district for votes? What about people who pay ferry tickets for votes? Will God punish them too?

      I don't recall any commandment saying "thou must not pay people for votes". But I do recall one saying "thou must not bear false witness". I also read in that same book that by the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread. That means you should work hard, do your very best, and not depend exclusively on Government for a better life. That is why sensible BVI voters rejected the VIP and their socialist promises.
  • wow (15/06/2015, 09:33) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply

    this is really stupid, people need to learn when to shut their mouth specially when everything is over. ESTO CON RELACION A LOS LATINOS ES ESTUPIDO, ELLOS NO REPRESENTAN LA COMUNIDAD LATINA Y ADEMAS DEBEN DE APRENDER A CERRAR LA BOCA YA QUE LAS ELECCIONES LAS GANARON NDP. POR MAYORIA.POR FAVOR PIENSEN ANTES DE HABLAR .

  • VIP? (15/06/2015, 09:39) Like (17) Dislike (66) Reply
    them still out here trying to fool off people? how can u be concerned with being bought off when u cant even vote because your still under immigration status, now I could tell you who all in VIP done give out white envelop with various sums of money depending on who you are, from the 1st to the 6th I could point em out cause I seen em with me own eyes and guess what, I aint under not immigration status, I could vote but at no time NDP offer me nothing cant say the same for VIP, and of course dem aint see nothing happen for almost 4 years, them up in age eye sight isn't what it use to be.
  • FLOWE'S (15/06/2015, 09:41) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply

    Angelica Vincen tan vieja y haciendo disparate, uno no muerde la mano k le da de comer

  • true tolian (15/06/2015, 09:52) Like (32) Dislike (6) Reply
    It is very hard to believe,This elderly man was to every committee meeting held by Dr Pickering
    So if he turned his back on the NDP then why was he there.
  • Disgussed Belonger (15/06/2015, 09:54) Like (48) Dislike (6) Reply

    Now that is something! They demand the labour Dept. to be bi-lingual? We are an English-speaking Country. You want to live here - learn English. (I had too before I moved to the BVI). In no European Country could they get a Workpermit, if they do not speak the language. They talk about labour department, but can vote? How? They had to live here 25 years to become a belonger, to be able to vote. And they still don't speak English? That is a complete disrespect to our country. May be someone paid them to make such a statement about NDP. They have a business here and don't even speak English? 

  • Investigation Needed! (15/06/2015, 09:58) Like (22) Dislike (8) Reply
    Much white envelops were given out...I know of two persons that received in excess of $1000.00 days before election from NDP candidates. This place is out of control with greed and corruption and it needs to be regulated. I for one would like a list of all the big sponsors for this election. 'So that no contracts would be given to large financial supporters 'that's a conflict of interest' and would allow for a more balanced election next time around. VINO keeping up on things, God will use them to expose much, more evils in this place. Watch God Work, what is in the dark will come to light! (If we are a Christian community lets' start to act like it...expose the darkness before this nation falls from greed and corruption.)
    • Truth Sayer (15/06/2015, 21:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I know of more than one person who received white envelope with money in the Third. These were given out by F. himself. What a shame! Not only was envelope sharing but some furniture as well and it is the same people who got the goods that talk it.
    • Dan (16/06/2015, 12:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Your telling lies. These are serious accusations which should be challenged.
  • old Doctor (15/06/2015, 10:03) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply

    tak yo head Outta Yo @$$.. or remove your panties brah.. Everybody knows that white envelopes were given high and low.
    You were the only one who didn't give none Out..brah come again

  • SMH (15/06/2015, 10:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    People do anything to get a little bit of fame. SMH
  • street (15/06/2015, 10:18) Like (9) Dislike (21) Reply
    We need more people to come forward and speak out against the corrupt NDP, we know they bought voters with huge cash, next time they come to yo make sure you cough them on your recorder, use your phone and record them and distribute it to the media houses.
  • @ investigation needed (15/06/2015, 10:21) Like (31) Dislike (9) Reply
    Nobody has to buy elections going up against that weak VIP team. You are still reeling that NDP man handled the VIP on 8 June and can't get over it. NDP didn't buy elections, VIP were just less and the BVI voters didn't want to stop progress.
  • LOL (15/06/2015, 10:23) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Both parties give $$$$$
  • Hmmmmm (15/06/2015, 10:32) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    They should have taken the money, they look like they need it!!!!
  • true tolian (15/06/2015, 11:26) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply

    The election is over and although
    i know you supported the VIP they lost .Now is the time for all of us to come together for the common goal of all the
    people and stop the divisiveness and move the country forward.You know within yourself if these people are talking
    about labor and immigration issues then they cannot vote.

  • So? (15/06/2015, 11:40) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    SO WAS THE VIP, LET IT GO!.... NEXT
  • Hmmm (15/06/2015, 11:55) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Can they even vote???
  • Look at it (15/06/2015, 12:01) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    I doubt these people know what they are in news for.....
  • Wellsah (15/06/2015, 12:45) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Which one of them there can vote? People need to let the elections go. The public voted and the votes added at the end of the day to 11/2. Let's move on as a country. You can't put humpty dumpty together again and you can't scrape up scald milk.
  • Interesting (15/06/2015, 12:45) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    The concerns expressed by the family in the article are mainly those pertaining to work permits and time granted by immigration. A bit fishy if they are true registered voters.

    The eastern districts within recent elections have shown overwhelming support to NDP candidates at the pools, and really have no need for these sort of unethical antics.
  • maybe (15/06/2015, 12:48) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    you all a being payed too say these thingS. NDP will continue to run this country. Doc don't waste your precious time explaining anything it is crystal clear that you rule no body can stop us now.FORWARD EVER
  • Thrushee (15/06/2015, 13:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wonder what Thrusee will say.
  • Life onwards (15/06/2015, 13:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Life for Spanish people will be easier now lol
  • me me (15/06/2015, 13:38) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Me,me everything is over and all of a sudden things start to appear wow defeat is defeat..let it go.so why now.from them to now a whole week lol lol
  • all the same (15/06/2015, 14:01) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am so ashamed to be from the BVI right now. Is it because of the culture shock or because the politicians have found devisive ways of turning the people against each other for their own benefit that we are now behaving this way. The BVI is now is like everywhere else. Anyone with sense know that bribes been going on forever, NDP just have elite resources that carry their bribe power into the millions. Hell yes they give out bribes in every district totalling millions. People talk people see. Thing is if VIP had extra rich friends they would do they same.
  • Lily Ann (15/06/2015, 14:02) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Listen Listen Listen .... don't post any blalala like this ever again !!!! NDP didn't NEED that 5 member family !!! so they saying this now is irrelevant to the whole election!!
  • insider (15/06/2015, 15:04) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    While they were giving out money, the goos Doc was on the bus stop sitting down
  • show me the money (15/06/2015, 15:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I live near east end. Has the money all gone now?
  • Waiting (15/06/2015, 15:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So JVD where is your story?
  • Pundit (15/06/2015, 15:49) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    How come I never get any of these "White Envelopes"?? I've been hearing about them for years now. People who can't vote getting them and me who is a full fledge voter ain't smell none yet?? White Envelope or Cow Foot Woman, which one is more believable buddy......
    • rabbit (15/06/2015, 19:01) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I was going to post the same thing? How come no one has ever offered me an envelope with money. I have to believe all my friends and family are lying to me because they too say no one has ever offered them money to vote. Where are these envelopes passed out? Is it because we all vote across as respectable citizens with high morals and standards? Are there only certain people that get offered payment for votes? These allegations make me angry every election. Some people said they videotaped the bribes taking place. So why aren't these public? If this is taking place it certainly isn't limited to one party because I've heard far more stories about the opposition making payments. Thing is though, from all the comments I read online during the election and now, I believe there are far too many people out there that believe these envelopes of money exist than have actually ever been in receipt of one.
  • YOU ALL SICK (15/06/2015, 16:15) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Here you guys are cursing over the NDP and the VIP......you think they are stressing like you guys are doing on here. Look at the news...the hugging, the hand shaking and laughing going on between them. Come on people! IT IS OVER! Lets move on. If your party didn't win, maybe next time and if your party win, congratulations! Lets all just pray that God will guide us all. God is in the midst of EVERYTHING.
  • Observer (15/06/2015, 16:17) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is a smear campaign against the NDP/govt. Get over it. The NDP won and won convincingly. The VIP got a shellacking. If they bought this election then with the convincing win they had it would not be hard to come up with evidence of voting buying.
    • @ Observer (15/06/2015, 17:00) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      But the report from the overseas observers said the same thing....
  • Just Me (15/06/2015, 16:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the other places where they were selling votes
    • voter (15/06/2015, 19:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      lock that sick person/s up and throw away the keys for 10 years!!
  • Sour losser (15/06/2015, 17:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Spanish and money hahaha nuff ah them goin for them white envelopes now.....
  • investigate (15/06/2015, 17:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Shepherd and his Flock could have beaten the Animal on the farm lead by a Tiger---still I believe they try to buy votes---East End contractors hmmmmmm--anything for government Money. Investigate.
  • hands up (15/06/2015, 18:58) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Raise your hand if you actually can ever trust the NDP again?
    • wize up (15/06/2015, 20:35) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply

      ...you realise the VIP were beaten 11 seats to 2: the voting public of this territory made it very clear on June 8 2015; the people of this territory had many options especially on the at large ticket and voted for NDP: I living in country were we have freedom of choice: don't get upset because you wasted your vote on 8 June; regroup and come in 2019.....

  • 911 (15/06/2015, 19:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is sad!
  • SMH (15/06/2015, 20:21) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    NDP allllllll the way!! Hahahahahaha some ppl just upset cuz they in power again!
  • Stats Man (15/06/2015, 22:15) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    Sour grapes.....just let it go and encourage the VIP to change its leadership.
  • Forbidden Truth (15/06/2015, 22:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is a man in immigration who speak Spanish. Just know that.
  • Concerned (16/06/2015, 06:41) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I hope that they are not being paid NOW to do this stunt!
  • got to got (16/06/2015, 07:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fellows election is over let it go. Stop the pulling down and let us a work together to move this country forward.
  • The watchman (16/06/2015, 07:55) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Really! Where is the picture of the envelope and submission of evidence for finger printing! Smh! The family should be ashamed.
  • I Tell you (16/06/2015, 08:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    this interview was before the election
  • dem say (16/06/2015, 09:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The election made it clear how most persons are so naive and gullible, but the action done start, We waiting!
  • liberal (17/06/2015, 06:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    I think the Premier just like to sweep things under the rug by saying he doesn't know... Furthermore, It seems as the NDP can do anything and the people must lap they tail and be humble.. but September isn't to far away meson back to school and out off work..

  • Truth Hurts (17/06/2015, 14:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    to all the NDP supporter allot of you all sold for cheap who aint sell buy out .


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