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Election Observers could affect perception of VI – Skelton

The NDP At Large team – Walwyn, Skelton, Christian and Smith - believe that observers will affect the way the world views the VI. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
Record number! 43 candidates are contesting the at large and district seats. Pictured here are several At Large candidates at October 24 Nomination Day exercise at the Rupert Briercliffe Hall. From top left to right: Eileen Baronville, Myron Walwyn, Keith Flax, Ronnie Skelton and Vernon Malone. From bottom left to right: Zoe Walcott-McMillan, Edmund Maduro and Bertrand Lettsome. Photos: Reuben Stoby/VINO
Record number! 43 candidates are contesting the at large and district seats. Pictured here are several At Large candidates at October 24 Nomination Day exercise at the Rupert Briercliffe Hall. From top left to right: Eileen Baronville, Myron Walwyn, Keith Flax, Ronnie Skelton and Vernon Malone. From bottom left to right: Zoe Walcott-McMillan, Edmund Maduro and Bertrand Lettsome. Photos: Reuben Stoby/VINO
HOPE HILL, East End, VI – It was reported that Governor Boyd McCleary allegedly informed the opposition leader that international observers will monitor the Territory’s General Elections, and now at least one National Democratic Party (NDP) member is questioning if the “Queen’s representative is trying to destroy the financial services sector”.

Ronnie Skelton, At Large candidate under the NDP’s umbrella, made this disclosure at a tent meeting held last evening November 1, 2011 at Hope Hill, East End.

He was at the time questioning the “real” justification of international observers needed in the Virgin Islands (VI) charging that the ramifications it would have for the VI is dire.

“The only place observers went was when there was corruption, no trust in the Government to run an honest election and mismanagement and all sort of illicit activities,” he told supporters making reference to Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica and Kenya.

“What is the reason that the Governor feels that observers should come here. He needs to give a reason because the Queen’s representative is dissing Cabinet. He knows something that we don’t know. .. this could do us more harm. We deal with the financial services sector. It’s about the reputation of the country therefore if a signal is sent that something is wrong then people start getting scared because perception becomes reality,” the former Finance Minister pointed out.

He continued: “Is the Queen representative trying to destroy the financial services sector...if there is no need for them [observers] to come, why are you sending this signal? We are interested in building our country and we need that money to run into our treasury so that we can build these things for our people. And if we send the wrong signal, we may have a problem so ladies and gentlemen don’t take this lightly.”

NDP is not objecting

Meanwhile, another At Large candidate, Myron Walwyn, stated that contrary to belief, the NDP is not objecting to the observers but just concerned how the Territory will be viewed externally.

“If we cannot be trusted to hold our own elections, what does that say for our country,” he declared.

He also wondered how long the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government knew about the decision and why did they keep it from the voters. According to Walwyn, it seems it’s a trend with the incumbent Government to keep “people in the dark about important things that we should know”.

Furthermore, the statement issued by Carvin Malone, Consultant to the VIP, on not having a problem with the observers struck a chord with Walwyn. “I know consultants to be quietly working in the back, but the VIP Consultant Carvin Malone is at the forefront like he has something personal to protect and stated he has no problem with the observers to give voters the impression is the NDP may have a problem with the elections being free and fair,” the At Large candidate added.

He further stated, if one of the VIP’s outstanding politicians, H. Lavity Stoutt was alive “those observers would not have been able to set one foot on Beef Island”.

The candidate also charged that observers are here to determine if the wishes of the people are adhered to, hence the importance of free and fair elections.

“Observers come in when the sitting Government is not trusted because they are in full control of the elections apparatus. Observers don’t come into a country to make sure that the opposition does not steal the election because the opposition has absolutely no access or control of the election.”

Leader of the party Dr. D Orlando Smith and At Large candidate Archibald Christian also made similar remarks.

The VI’s General Elections is schedule for November 7, 2011.

A joint Observer Mission has been organised by CARICOM and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) British Islands & Mediterranean Region (BIMR) to observe the elections.

The Mission will be led by Ambassador Rudolph Collins, former Chairman of the Elections Commissions in Guyana and will include Eugene Petty, former Supervisor of Elections, St Kitts and Nevis, Mignon Bowen from the CARICOM Secretariat, Guyana, Conor Burns, Member of Parliament (MP) and Thomas Docherty MP from Westminster, UK, Alex Downie OBE Member of the Legislative Council (MLC), Isle of Man, and Leon Gallienne, Deputy from Guernsey.

24 Responses to “Election Observers could affect perception of VI – Skelton ”

  • boggy man (02/11/2011, 07:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    no they are listening to the campaigns in england and hearing the behaviour of claude and the rest and want to make sure the right people are selected to run this country she see the desperation in the national devil party and want to have it minitored the devil is desperate playing tapes of the vip he needs to play tapes of himself in detroit commiting his crimes
    • VIP Voter! (02/11/2011, 08:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don't waste time with Claude, he obeah man dem done tell he Alvin win he and that he aint got no future in politics here in BVI. See he gone flat qnd quiet.
    • Registered Voter (02/11/2011, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If the truth is told then there will be no need to play the tape; no one will be afraid to hear their words again.
    • Fear Change (02/11/2011, 18:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Let's tell the true. All of the VIP has focused on Cline because of his visionary leadership. It's a threat to many. But the people of the BVI realize they have been controlled by a spirit called Jezebel for too long. As long as the VIP can control people's homes and the country, we will remain broke, lost in the wilderness and infected with crime and poverty. Prayer is more powerful and your petty contracts and petty persuasions. It won't work this time. God is blocking the foolishness. So bring in whoever. Everything belongs to God. We taken back our territory in Jesus name.
  • vip loyalist (02/11/2011, 08:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    we will be monitoring this election with hawkeyes....too many desperados want to get in
    • Registered Voter (02/11/2011, 08:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I seriously doubt that you are eligible to vote or contest a seat but you have so much say. Lord have mercy!
  • Devon O (02/11/2011, 08:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    yea NDP mad because they cannot get to steal dey elections like tey did in 2003...the observers is ah good ting because we naa do day funny man ting! hit the right spot
  • OMG! (02/11/2011, 08:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is destroying the BVIs reputation is the extradiction order from the USA!
  • Amen To Dat (02/11/2011, 08:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Come on Ronnie you cant try to fool us Observers wer in Montserrat,St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and many others we read and heard on the news, so what foolishness you talking. It tells us you only read the news collectively and not informatively. You just let me down with that diatribe you spewed at hope hill
  • Heat IN d PLACE (02/11/2011, 09:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    After all MYRON he funny self been saying calling premier emperor without dont think observers need to come??? we aint forget Myron...we sending you to moorings for GOOD!!!
    • yes we can (03/11/2011, 11:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      please please do not send him back me aint want to get fire for a bottle water or two limes,,,please vote he in
  • last laugh (02/11/2011, 10:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Uncle told the governor that we will be watching him closely, the Governor responded and i will be watching you also. Perhaps uncle has been watched closer than he thinks. There will no longer be dead people voting for half dead politicians.
  • APPLE PIE (02/11/2011, 10:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ronnie better go scatter he looser backside
  • SHARA PARLIN (02/11/2011, 11:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am suspicious that the NDP is so concern...if they win would they not be happy that the world thinks there was a free and fair election? Would they not be happy that their government is seen by the eyes of the world as legitimate? Desperate men will say and do desperate things. Thanks to Uncle for agreeing to the Observers!
  • Please!!!! (02/11/2011, 11:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No one is listening to your load of crock! Stop pointing fingers and shifting blame! Take some responsible for the presence of these people, after all, we are not blind to all you (politicians) behavior. Like a bunch of darn big children...someone has to come and observe you all just so you can act right!!! No shady business going on in the Elections... THAT'S WHAT I TALKING 'BOUT!!!!!!!!!!
  • NDP lover (02/11/2011, 13:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't want Ronnie get in there at allllllllllllllllllllllllll. He too darn pompus with he big head self.!!!!!!!!!!! Go sit down man!!!!!!!!!!!
    • DOG MEAT (02/11/2011, 14:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      me aint want silly archie christian in dey either for he half crazy
  • This is It (02/11/2011, 15:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP failed to bring a real woman on their at-large team....only Dr. smith might win....and right now he and all lil shaky!!! As for funny man Myron......can you see him with all the shame trying to shake Premier's hand after she lose. Boy, I can't wait to see his face....a lot of people was backing him but she has carried his disrespect to the highest degree and now instead of drawing people to him, he has turned them away.... We do not want anyone who messes with the bafamet clan to get in our house of assembly...they are all about POWER...why do you think there is so much going on FOR POWER....listen attentively...go to his website and see his hands are formed in the bafamet symbol. check it out!!!
  • Period Cramps (02/11/2011, 15:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    DESPERAAAAAATION!! LOL!!! Listen to VIP candidates down the home stretch, pure anger and ignorance! They are totally upset that the populace appears to be more educated than before and are not buying their bullsh$$$t!! LMAO!! I LOVE IT!!!!!! We're going to use some of that CDB $15mil to by Fraser a new EGO because his will be CRUSHED come Monday evening!!! LOL!! "It's my money, I fly to Barbados to meet CDB, so I deserve to spend it!" LOL!! "If you don't want the marina then don't vote for me, if you vote for me I doing it, simple!" LOL!! Fraser in all his glory! The people need love, healing and comfort in this time of need. They need solutions, not excuses, opportunities, not hand outs!! All that anger is turning people off!!!
    • killer (02/11/2011, 23:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      now now now little mail man hope you stay with wifee after elections for you will loose and go begging the fat man at FSC for ah work
      • u. smith (03/11/2011, 11:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        stop talking in codes tell the big head boy what you got to say to he face people....
  • Prohept (02/11/2011, 15:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    only Orlando will win out of the four in the pic...remeber i told you so!

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