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General Election scheduled for Feb 25, 2019; HoA dissolves

Just as was first and accurately reported by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) today, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) have moments ago advised that the Virgin Islands' House of Assembly (HoA) will be dissolved. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Just as was first and accurately reported by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) today, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) have moments ago advised that the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA) will be dissolved.

The Premier also announced the 2019 General Election date as February 25, 2019, and said he is to advise the Governor of such.

His Excellency the Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert is expected tomorrow, January 24, 2019, to sign the proclamation both for the 2019 General Election and for the dissolvement of the HoA.

We will bring you more detail as the information unfolds. 

30 Responses to “General Election scheduled for Feb 25, 2019; HoA dissolves”

  • ccc (23/01/2019, 20:53) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Concern Citizen (23/01/2019, 20:59) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    The horses are on the track, concern citizen please take the HIGH road to preserve out county. Thank you
  • Citizen (23/01/2019, 21:07) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    I know the winning team that has the most experience.
  • Local (23/01/2019, 21:15) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    We are definitely Government in the sun shine, we love the people so much that we have given them a whole months notice before we hold elections. Honesty and transparency is what we display daily.
  • voter (23/01/2019, 21:18) Like (47) Dislike (77) Reply
    Just 1 month before we get rid of the ndp...hip hip hooray
  • Prediction (23/01/2019, 21:20) Like (3) Dislike (32) Reply

    UK taking over asap and they putting Dancia on charge till we could figure this s** out. Ween going gah no election folks.

  • Stitchie (23/01/2019, 21:31) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    honourable Andrew fahie told us that a long time ago
  • WOWW (23/01/2019, 21:39) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    Andrew was right couple weeks ago when he predicted it to be the 25th if February
  • Hmmm (23/01/2019, 21:45) Like (6) Dislike (14) Reply
    Here we go BVi the drama begins more talking begins more fighting begins... just my little prediction 1 district Andrew win, second district 40% Mitch 60% Carnel. 3 district fraser possibility if not maybe Arlene, 4th district mark win, 5th kye rymer wins, 6th I don’t really know but 60% Alvera 40% John Samuel. 7th Kendrick wins back his seat if not vip sowandre, 8th Marlon penn wins, 9th district vip Vincent Wheatley wins for sure... Ndp atlarge possibility only Myron or none, PVIM maybe Ronnie alone, VIp atlarge Sharie decastro hands down and Neville sheep for sure, maybe shereen because of the sister island advantage maybe, Carvin Malone not sure... This just my prediction if not vip is a coalition government..
    • @hmmm (24/01/2019, 09:43) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
      There is VIP Bias here. Objective view:

      1. Andrew Fahie - VIP
      2. Mitch Turnbull - PVIM
      3. Julian Fraser - PU
      4. Mark Vanterpool - NDP
      5. Too close to call (can go either way)
      6. Alvera - NDP
      7. Kedrick Pickering - PVIM
      8. Marlon Penn - NDP
      9. Vincent Wheatley - VIP
      10. Myron Walwyn - NDP
      11. Ronnie Skelton - PVIM
      12. Up for grabs
      13. Up for grabs

      This will be an interesting election and many people are still undecided.
  • Stitchie (23/01/2019, 22:02) Like (36) Dislike (9) Reply
    the member from the first told you in the beginning to police yourself or else you would getpolice in a way you wouldn't like and look what happened we now have someone here watching how we spend our money. he also told you long before the 7.2 million was paid that a cow would fly before those plane I am gambling on the cow. one and half week ago he told you that the election would be on the 25th of February and behold it's actually on that day. I think this guy have the vision to run this country and to take us in one direction. FOWARD
    • Music (24/01/2019, 12:59) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
      He knew the date because the premier discussed it with him two weeks ago. He leaked it. No vision there.
      • Stitchie (24/01/2019, 13:47) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
        why would the premier discuss it with him and he is not the leader of the opposition makes no sense
      • No (26/01/2019, 17:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        The Premier expressly said in the House that he did not tell Fahie the date.
  • Blessed (23/01/2019, 22:55) Like (25) Dislike (12) Reply
    God Bless Us all may we make the right choice...and go green all the way
  • Lord Help Us! (23/01/2019, 23:31) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    What is with these last minute election dates? Are we little children? Thank God it will soon be over!
  • 2 grand (23/01/2019, 23:58) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    wow slick move can't play around in these last days. this is just to stop the merciless beatings the ndp getting. all candidates step up the battle alarm has been sounded. words sound and power. voters choose wisely our future depends on the choices made.
  • Jackasses (24/01/2019, 01:22) Like (18) Dislike (20) Reply
    Once again NDP Government got no respect. One damn month. Set of assholes.
  • Ques (24/01/2019, 05:31) Like (11) Dislike (9) Reply
    Election date given one month and two days before election. Is not 90 days the norm for the notice? Here is NDP doing things their way to deceive the people. When will be nomination day?
    • Outlaw (24/01/2019, 07:41) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Ques. After the house is dissolved, it have up to 90 days by which an election can be called but it can be called well within that 90 days. One month notice is good time, we have been calling for the elections a long time now, so here it is
  • Grading Time (24/01/2019, 07:34) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    D1 - B
    D2 - C
    D3 - C
    D4 - F (Con Man)
    D5 -
    D6 - C (Nice Lady but...)
    D7 - F
    D8 - C
    D9 - Nincompoop
    Doc - F
    Wall-win - C (Would have been A but controversy)
    Ron - D
    Arch - Nincompoop
    • rasta (24/01/2019, 08:46) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Hope my conscious. people loving . courageous candidates win ...Sowande and Shareen.... Two real leaders that will put people First and will fight for the poor and disadvantage ..Something badly needed ..
  • We say (24/01/2019, 07:47) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    I was wondering if we cannot file a court order to get it change or if the Governor can't use Executive powers as he did with the police situation and overturn it. If someone can shed some light I will be grateful.

    If not it's ok too cause "We are moving in one Direction; Forward"
  • Hope (24/01/2019, 08:35) Like (4) Dislike (15) Reply
    Wayde ......5
    Arlene ......3
    Cordell .....2

    at large .. Decastro..Carvin....Ronnie..Myron..

    VIP The next government ..
  • VOTER #6 (24/01/2019, 11:02) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
  • VG voter (24/01/2019, 17:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    At-Large - Walwyn......Underhill......Decastro........Skelton
  • E. Leonard (25/01/2019, 11:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The BVI was shocked by the historic flood of August 2017 and the Sep 2017 catastrophic, cat 5 hurricanes (Maria and Irma), 2018 Sanctions and Anti- Money Laundering Bill, and the Evonomic Substance Bill of 2019. But the BVI and its people are a hardy and resilient group; it will recover from its setbacks. For example in the 1800s with Emancipation, the territory was left as supposedly only useful as a bird sanctuary. Nonetheless, through hard work through tough times, personal sacrifices, strong, unselfish leadership; and unity, and despite its small size, it pulled itself up by its bootstrap and emerged having one of the highest standard of living, quality of life and per capita income in the region.

    Moreover, the BVI is a parliamentary/representative democracy and on 25 February 2019, Virgin Islanders will head to the polls to elect 13 members to represent them in the HOA and form a new government. Elections are generally held every 4 years. And though every election is important, this one is critical and has an urgency and importance to it. Why?

    The territory needs a strong team with a steady hand to chart a new course and to set the compass to tackle and solve its myriad of problems, especially the problems resulting from the weather induced shocks, along with external legislative shocks imposed by the UK and EU. The shocks forced the ship of state aground. A new government role is to provide for the safety, health, education and personal well-being of residents, along with continuing the job of building a sustainable economy. The job of electing a new government falls squarely on the shoulders of registered voters. Every resident who is eligible to vote should register to vote and vote. There is a small pool of voters in each district and every vote matters and can make a diffrent.

    Many Virgin Islanders have personally sacrificed for the right to vote and their fight should not be for nought. Here is an example of why every vote counts. Last November in Hoxie, Arkansas, USA, the vote count for a City Council seat ended in tie 223-223. But irony is that one candidate didn’t get a chance to vote. He lost by roll of the dice that broke the tie. It is time to put or s..t up. Vote.

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