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Hon Myron V. Walwyn challenges Premier Smith for NDP Leadership

-Four man race for Presidency, vote scheduled for June 23, 2018
Education and Culture Minister, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) challenges incumbent, Premier, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL). Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL). Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Premier Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7). Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Premier Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7). Photo: VINO/File
 Education and Culture Minister, Hon Myron V. Walwyn announced his candidacy in a short video clip released on social media. Photo: Facebook
Education and Culture Minister, Hon Myron V. Walwyn announced his candidacy in a short video clip released on social media. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The National Democratic Party’s (NDP) internal elections on June 23, 2018, is now carded to be a ‘four-man’ race for the party’s leadership and presidency, with Education and Culture Minister, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) challenging incumbent, Premier, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith.

The NDP internal vote on June 23, 2018—for that post—will be between Dr. Smith and party founders, Deputy Premier Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), and Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), along with newcomer Mr Walwyn.

NDP Split

NDP sources say, whatever the outcome on June 23, 2018, there will be a ‘split’ in the NDP party.

 “If Dr Smith loses he will dissolve the house and seek a general election…If Myron wins the party will be split,” our NDP sources said.

The progressive wing of the NDP has expressed sentiments—privately and publicly—that it’s time for Dr. Smith to step aside.

The NDP incumbent however, still enjoys support within the delegate list which—a copy of which that was obtained by our newsroom.

Others believe, if Hon. Walwyn—a second term Legislator that joined the party in 2010/11—does not win the consensus candidate could be Hon Skelton.

Will face Hon Fahie

Minister Walwyn—currently under audit investigation for a wall constructed around the Elmore Stoutt High School in 2015 costing some $1.6M—in a short video clip announcing his candidacy, said, “I want to lead the party into the next general elections…vote for someone who has strong leadership qualities, innovative and a everyday man.”

What is clear, whoever wins the NDP contest on June 23, 2018, will face the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) headed by Opposition Leader Hon. Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in the general election due by June 2019, in addition to other political parties, still to announce their bids.

 

 

 

20 Responses to “Hon Myron V. Walwyn challenges Premier Smith for NDP Leadership ”

  • Stop It (08/06/2018, 14:29) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Irma not coming here again. Vino you pushing it what a thing.
  • You go Myron (08/06/2018, 14:59) Like (44) Dislike (59) Reply
    Yes, Myron should be the next NDP leader. I will vote for him to take up that position. Myron is a very smart man, everyone Is not cut out for politics or can handle politics. Myron got this.
    • Jessica Jones (08/06/2018, 21:49) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      Well thank God you can't vote.
    • No (09/06/2018, 14:51) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      WE DONT WANT MYON, WE DONT WANT MYRON. WE DONT WANT MYRON. Myron will be the end of this country. he is all about self.
  • Interested (08/06/2018, 15:08) Like (23) Dislike (20) Reply
    Myron is a fool.I will say no more.This is not what I expected from him.zToo pompous
  • Intern (08/06/2018, 15:30) Like (22) Dislike (13) Reply
    Myron, you got this. You need to run the NDP party. Doc is a good person but he is just to soft. You can't be soft in any leadership position.
  • ronnie (08/06/2018, 15:50) Like (20) Dislike (19) Reply
    Ronnie for the job. I do not trust a million dollar wall. Ronnie is a finance man. We need Ronnie as the leader in such depressed times.
    • i said it (08/06/2018, 19:16) Like (11) Dislike (17) Reply
      #MyronforNDPleader. Myron you got my vote. Myron is the one who should be the leader of the party.
  • wow (08/06/2018, 16:09) Like (16) Dislike (12) Reply
    All of them in the NDP fighting for power
  • voter (08/06/2018, 16:44) Like (11) Dislike (21) Reply
    I backing funny man
  • Hmmm (08/06/2018, 18:55) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
    All the comments above in support of Myron appears to be written by the same individual. I am quite aware that his 'foot soldier's' are positioned to do things like this....
    • I guess (09/06/2018, 07:12) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
      @Hmmm, what's the problem, I guess you are tight because you applied for a foot solider position and you failed the interview. People support who they want to support.
  • Project manager (08/06/2018, 19:41) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    What a comess
  • pat (08/06/2018, 20:30) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    We just want the ndp gone bottom line
  • Political Observer (PO) (08/06/2018, 21:50) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    ??? has Doc indicated that he will not be seeking the leadership of the NDP? If no is this lack of loyalty, unity, confidence, trust......in the Premier’ s leadership? Has the Premier ability fall dramatically from having the UK eating out of his hand? Was it an act of courage to announce the intent of seeking the party leadership when the Premier was out of the country? What does this say about the character of MEC? Is this slimy behaviour? If the MEC lacks confidence in the Premier’s leadership, why he does not resign his ministerial position? Why should he continue as MEC under the Premier’s leadership? Should the Premier call a snap election immediately? Or should a cabinet reshuffle occur immediately? If I were Doc that is what I would do? Should the electorate be wary of power hungry, Machiavellian politicians?
  • ReX FeRal (09/06/2018, 00:45) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    There is a JEZEBEL SPIRIT running through the NDP. Me sey so. Bi*ch now.

  • yrral (09/06/2018, 07:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tim Duncan for governor since Duncan will bring a new face to the Virgin Island
  • no antigun (09/06/2018, 08:27) Like (11) Dislike (11) Reply
    No one who is not born in the bvi should be our premier
  • 1 (09/06/2018, 08:56) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Does not matter really who the leader is we need a change
  • Lord o (09/06/2018, 12:48) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
    Myron is a realist thats knows things ain right and wants to see change... Doc has himself to blame people have been calling and begging for over 2 yrs to switch ministries up.. Simple wisdom. "If something isnt working try something else". For that reason I support Myron..


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