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HoA to be dissolved tomorrow May 1, 2015

- Premier Smith holds on announcing elections date; has to be held sometime late May or June according to VI Constitution
The House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands will be dissolved tomorrow, May 1, 2015, paving the way for elections to be held sometime in May or June, 2015. Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith made the announcement while speaking to ZBVI Radio today April 30, 2015. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands will be dissolved tomorrow, May 1, 2015, paving the way for elections to be held sometime in late May or June, 2015.

Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith made the announcement while speaking to ZBVI Radio today April 30, 2015.

According to the Virgin Islands Constitutional Order of 2007, a general election shall be held at such time within two months, but not earlier than twenty-one days after every dissolution of the House of Assembly, as the Governor shall appoint by proclamation published in the Gazette.

The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) was anticipating general elections to be called in early July but this will be sooner with today's announcement.

"According to the Constitution, once the House is dissolved the elections must be held within 60 days but it cannot be held 21 days before the House is dissolved. So between 21-days and 60 days the elections must be held....It looks more to me like May-June elections," Premier Smith said.

Government Information Service (GIS) subsequently released a brief statement from the Premier that read: 

"My Fellow Virgin Islanders:

In accordance with Section 84 (2) of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007, I have today asked His Excellency the Governor to dissolve the House of Assembly on Friday 1st May, 2015 to allow for the holding of a General Election in accordance with Section 86 of the said Constitution Order."

Major speech on Monday

While delivering opening remarks at the celebration event for the expanded cruise ship pier on April 29, 2015 Premier Smith said he was going to make a major speech on Monday May 4, 2015.

"In a few days, in fact on Monday, I will make a major speech about where we are progressing and moving towards," he said.

"And where we are and from whence we came. And giving the picture for tomorrow. Residents and people of the BVI are pleased with where we are today, aren't you?" He asked as he ended his speech.

Persons on the ground were murmuring to each other whether the speech could be to announce an elections date, which some believe could be as early as July 2015.

46 Responses to “HoA to be dissolved tomorrow May 1, 2015”

  • chad (30/04/2015, 12:39) Like (51) Dislike (57) Reply
    NDP all the wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
    • Jones (30/04/2015, 15:00) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
      1 Fahie – but only just
      2 Mitch
      3 OJ but only just
      4 Mark
      5 Zoe
      6 Alvira
      7 Picko
      8 Marlon
      9 All Out

      NDP Doc, Skelton, Archie, Myron
      VIP elect Fahie as the interim leader but that will change after a few months
  • good (30/04/2015, 12:49) Like (42) Dislike (49) Reply
    Yea NDP all the way I am not really a party person but I feel comfortable with the NDP I just love the team .Keep up the good works.
  • In a me pants (30/04/2015, 12:49) Like (35) Dislike (19) Reply
    Well this is it. Premier caught a lot of people with their pants down. Now we will start hear who running and who not running. Very slick move premier.
  • Yes (30/04/2015, 12:59) Like (17) Dislike (16) Reply
    No more questions about it now, politics at work. Coalition here we come.
  • Tingtotalk (30/04/2015, 13:00) Like (35) Dislike (30) Reply
    See them scampering now. House dissolved, get the voters registered. Lew we do this thing. NDP all the way.
  • Realist (30/04/2015, 13:09) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    LOL me mooma! The ting start now!
  • ccc (30/04/2015, 13:16) Like (24) Dislike (51) Reply
    So happy we will soon rid the country of the ndp clap clap clap
  • Johnny B (30/04/2015, 13:28) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    Put on your running shoes people,the race is on NDP with out a whip..
  • smart (30/04/2015, 13:44) Like (37) Dislike (16) Reply
    The NDP think they are smarter than anyone else from the time they start giving out contract I know election was round the corner voters do not let the cruise pier fool you remember we have another four years to survive before another election .
    • Stop It (30/04/2015, 13:47) Like (16) Dislike (24) Reply

      Stop talking bull$£!^. Every sitting Government know when the election will be because it's their choice when it should be called. You sound so dumb.

    • AL (30/04/2015, 14:16) Like (22) Dislike (36) Reply

      The NDP think we so stupid they are giving out contracts lik crazy no different to the VIP its an election year, that dock can't even hold to ships the size of the one that came in yesterday another waste of money, we not stupid as you think O*** Then you all offer Mr Sprauve two piece of land free to don't run with the VIP but thank God he refuse you all to DAM EVIL

      • lmao (30/04/2015, 15:49) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply

        What you mean the pier can't hold two ships? You an @$$ or just pretending to be one?

      • free (30/04/2015, 16:57) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
        It's best if he took the land because he will not see where Mark turn in the 4th District, another landslide for the action man. Lower Estate young boys and long bush family cannot win Sprauve an election.
    • Not so Smart (30/04/2015, 14:21) Like (25) Dislike (24) Reply
      OMG Shut Up!!!!! If they don't give out contracts its bad and if they do it is still bad? Seriously get it together people!

      No one is trying to fool anyone about the pier! What took place yesterday was big!!!!

      Another 4 years to survive god permits! That is exactly why they need to vote for the right party! NDP alllllllllllllllllllllll the way!
    • rr (30/04/2015, 14:55) Like (21) Dislike (13) Reply
      So the improvements of our facilities and the cruise pier are tactics to fool people? and i guess thats "sufferation" for the people huh......Imagine we were able to restore confidence in the banks and the European Union and England with borrowing money and you are talking about we have to survive before another election?
      • @rr (01/05/2015, 06:50) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        I know you have your own view and support whoever candidates/party, but most or all of the schools' infrastructure and others are in really bad shape. For e.g. have you seen the Bregado Flax school lately? The reality is if the NDP restored confidence in the Banks and England with borrowing, why the hell monies aren't trickling down to us that are really struggling and I don't want to hear personal handouts cause I don't need one. I am so sick of hearing people praise about a half done cruise pier expansion with cost overruns or the Hospital which by the way is not fully functional was to cost us 64 Million Dollars but instead it is over 100 Millions and still begging for money but because Election is near, we have big dedication ceremonies and fireworks just to say PROGRESS. You people just freaking irritating man.
  • Jessie Cole (30/04/2015, 13:45) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Catch them sleeping like the sleeper from the east ,by the time those other parties get organized the election will be over.As Rev Al say Got us..
  • Anticipate (30/04/2015, 14:00) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Does Tuesday, June 30th sounds familiar. Well please keep that date in mine.
  • Prediction (30/04/2015, 14:02) Like (11) Dislike (35) Reply
    VIP 1
    NDP 2
    VIP 3
    NDP 4
    VIP 5
    VIP 6
    NDP 7
    VIP 8- surprise upset
    VIP 9
    At Large VIP 3 At Large Seats
    VIP win by landslide
  • rattie (30/04/2015, 14:12) Like (9) Dislike (24) Reply
    Just remember 4 long years of corruption…no work, vitimatiztion, conflict of interest and no one for we the lil man ….VIP got this trust me
  • predictions (30/04/2015, 14:18) Like (13) Dislike (21) Reply
    District 1 VIP
    District 2 NDP
    District 3 VIP
    District 4 NDP
    District 5 VIP
    District 6 VIP
    District 7 VIP
    District 8 NDP
    District 9 VIP
    At Large VIP take 3 At Large
    Result: VIP win comfortably
  • look jokes (30/04/2015, 14:24) Like (24) Dislike (21) Reply
    It just suit them, chatting crap and not telling
    the people what is the plans. I was a supporter
    but have seen no reason to vote VIP.

    And goods looks cant work.
  • Tired (30/04/2015, 14:31) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    SLEEPERS no way. We are wide awake.
  • Liat 521 (30/04/2015, 14:47) Like (27) Dislike (27) Reply
    Early or late, snap or normal NDP must go!!!
  • chad (30/04/2015, 15:16) Like (12) Dislike (23) Reply
    The Primier thinks that he is going to outsmart the voters but he might get a surprise. Only those looking for hand. Out cannot see what is happening. There is so much corruption in this little territory that only God can save us now. Always remember it was not his government ,s idea to extend the cruise pier. They ran with it after gaining power for their own gain. We want to know what is going on at the port. AccountiAbility is important. Who puts rat to watch cheese? How come the same rep for theNDP not running for the second again? Pay at the port must be sweeter. All will come to light one day.
  • Solid as a rock (30/04/2015, 15:19) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    No more corruption, cronyism, disrespect to the little people you say!!! NDP must go!!

  • Realistic Predictions (30/04/2015, 15:26) Like (18) Dislike (18) Reply
    District 1 - VIP
    District 2 - NDP
    District 3 - VIP
    District 4 - NDP
    District 5 - NDP
    District 6 - NDP
    District 7 - NDP
    District 8- NDP
    District 9 - VIP

    Remember this post!!!! NDP will win no ifs or buts!!
  • THISWAY (30/04/2015, 16:53) Like (11) Dislike (30) Reply
    In the name of Jesus, In the Name of Jesus
    NDP has the Victory
    In the name of Jesus, in the Name of Jesus
    VIP will have to flee
    Tell me, who will stand before them
    When the NDP call on his name
    Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
    NDP has the Victory
  • Smile (30/04/2015, 16:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Interesting predictions. So who will win at large.
  • Concern 1 (30/04/2015, 17:46) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    We will see if the people will do like the people of Dominica to vote for the incumbent or there will be a wind of change like st márteen,st kitts nevis,Anguilla and Guyana in the next few days. People let us not make the politicians feel too comfortable either 1 or 2 terms and no more. When we feel they don't worth it we vote them out. I still feel we need a change
    • TRUTH PLAYER (03/05/2015, 05:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Seems like the sitting party believes itself to be indispensable, irreplaceable. Those politicians will better remember to take serious, the old saying, MAN PROPOSES, GOD DISPOSES. May the hand of each and every voter, with one stroke, dismiss each and every one of you!

  • cave (30/04/2015, 20:07) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ndp will go
  • PUBLIC DEBATES (30/04/2015, 20:13) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Oh happy day (30/04/2015, 21:35) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This simply means that redemption of the BVI draweth near and we don't have to suffer more months of the NDP tyranny.
  • When God Is In It.. (01/05/2015, 00:56) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Elections are serious business; the livelihoods of people are at stake. The BVIs have many problems and time should be allowed for thorough discussions, town hall meetings and debates.

    In St. Kitts and Nevis, Team Unity campaigned for almost two (2) years, taking the time to educate the electorate of
    what was happening in/to their country; traveled as far as Canada, the US, Anguilla/St. Martin and even to the Virgin Islands.

    In the US, the most powerful country in the world, elections for president is held every four years, first week of
    November; allowing some 18 months for citizens to listen to the issues and debates. Democracy at work.

    Our election term is for four years. Who does it help to shorten the term and call the election?. Of course it benefits the ruling class, their the cronies and supporters; even the foreign investors; Jerecki, Branson, Johnson
    and the likes.

    Elections matter and is not a hide and seek game and people's lives are affected. Snap elections are no laughing

    Word of the Day? VIGILANT
  • WELVENDAGREAT (01/05/2015, 06:15) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    HA....Got 'em Got'em
  • ann (01/05/2015, 06:53) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The people got them head on...ndp cant fool we
  • wize up (01/05/2015, 06:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    elections will be on the 7 June 2015..or a day when there is an ameccian holiday so those good folks residing in the usvi/usa can come across and cast their valuable vote...
  • @Realistic Predictions (02/05/2015, 18:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are a few loopholes. Ahhhh why spoil your party.

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