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Hundreds turn out for early voting

- as the Virgin Islands decides its government for the next four years
The line in Long Look stretched from the Stickett all the way to the Long Look Methodist Church shortly after 6:00AM. Photo: VINO
Voters line up at the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Voters line up at the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Persons waiting their turn in line at the Ivan Dawson Primary School in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Persons waiting their turn in line at the Ivan Dawson Primary School in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. Photo: VINO
The line at the Leonora Delville Primary School in Capoon's Bay. Photo: VINO
The line at the Leonora Delville Primary School in Capoon's Bay. Photo: VINO
No line at the Isabella Morris Primary School in Carrot Bay. Photo: VINO
No line at the Isabella Morris Primary School in Carrot Bay. Photo: VINO
There are several polling stations at the Willard Wheatley Primary School and they each had a long line of persons waiting to vote early this morning. Photo: VINO
There are several polling stations at the Willard Wheatley Primary School and they each had a long line of persons waiting to vote early this morning. Photo: VINO
Twenty-two polling stations are being used on Election Day to service the 13,585 registered voters in the Territory. Photo: VINO
Twenty-two polling stations are being used on Election Day to service the 13,585 registered voters in the Territory. Photo: VINO
Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard leaving the Long Look Methodist Church polling station shortly after 6:00 AM today. Photo: VINO
Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard leaving the Long Look Methodist Church polling station shortly after 6:00 AM today. Photo: VINO
Another section of the crowd at the Willard Wheatley Primary School polling stations. Photo: VINO
Another section of the crowd at the Willard Wheatley Primary School polling stations. Photo: VINO
In some instances children accompanied there parents to polling stations to witness the process. Photo: VINO
In some instances children accompanied there parents to polling stations to witness the process. Photo: VINO
Some persons well in place at the Willard Wheatley Primary School. Photo: VINO
Some persons well in place at the Willard Wheatley Primary School. Photo: VINO
Dressed for business VIP candidate McLloyd O. Walters arrives early at the Willard Wheatley Primary School to observe the process. Photo: VINO
Dressed for business VIP candidate McLloyd O. Walters arrives early at the Willard Wheatley Primary School to observe the process. Photo: VINO
Part of the early morning scene at the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School in Baugher's Bay, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Part of the early morning scene at the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School in Baugher's Bay, Tortola. Photo: VINO
The scene at the Enid Scatliffe School early this morning. Photo: VINO
The scene at the Enid Scatliffe School early this morning. Photo: VINO
Voting at the House of Assembly were a number of seniors were also spotted. Photo: VINO
Voting at the House of Assembly were a number of seniors were also spotted. Photo: VINO
While some waited in line others took it cool on the side awaiting their turn at the House of Assembly, Road Town Tortola. Photo: VINO
While some waited in line others took it cool on the side awaiting their turn at the House of Assembly, Road Town Tortola. Photo: VINO
EAST END, Tortola, VI - The resounding and ever repetitive calls made by candidates during campaigns ahead of today's, June 8, 2015 General Elections, for persons to go out early to vote seem to have resonated well with the electorate as hundreds turned out early this morning to exercise their franchise.

This was especially evident in the East End Community at the Long Look Methodist Church‎ where the line was very long and thick. "People really came out early, I didn't expect such a crowd so early I thought it would have been an easy go in/come out for me," said one voter in the Long Look area.

Some candidates were among the early birds as well. Spotted leaving the Long Look Methodist Church was candidate vying for the seat as Seventh District representative on the VIP ticket, Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard.

The situation was almost equal across at the Willard Wheatley‎ Primary School where this news site stumbled across Eighth District representative hopeful Mr McLloyd O. Walters.

The lines were long and divided into sections but appeared to have been moving speedily along despite it constantly growing as persons kept coming in large numbers.

Our next stop was at the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School in Baughers Bay where the atmosphere was very quiet and peaceful but not as thick as in the East.

Across at the Enid Scatliffe Primary School there was also evidence of a desire to vote early and move on with one's activities of daily living.

‎What was noticeable; however, was the presence of a few senior citizens who apparently didn't get to cast their votes on Advance Polling on Friday June 5, 2015.

"I don't even know what to say, I guess I think I still young and want be in the thick of things," said an elderly woman jokingly.

Cool, calm and patient are words to best describe voters across at the House of Assembly‎. There are also a number of elderly folks waiting in line to vote also.

Voters in the First, Second and Third Districts also turned out in their numbers to vote although the crowds grew smaller as the morning progressed.

At the Ivan Dawson Primary School in Cane Garden Bay it was quiet as persons came, got themselves identified and proceeded to vote before exiting the premises through another door. As at all polling stations there was the presence of police officers.

At the Leonora Delville Primary School in Capoon’s Bay there was a line of persons patiently waiting their turn and more and more persons turned up to join it. This news site observed that it was moving at a reasonable pace and persons seemed satisfied with the process although they expressed reluctance to comment citing that they are familiar with the persons in the polling station and that they did want to add to their problems.

It was observed at the Isabella Morris Primary School in Carrot Bay that there was a small number of people coming in for the time that this news site was on the location.

In the Third District there were two polling stations was at the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School and even at 9:30 am the line extended to the outside of the building. However police officers stationed there indicated that the line had been much longer at the opening of poll.

One woman was heard remarking that the process had improved over the last time in that they now have two polling stations and not one, making the process a faster one.

Sister Islands

Word out of the sister islands of Virgin Gorda and Anegada is that the morning started very quiet and with not much persons turning out early. This was evident at the Catholic Community Centre where a fair number of persons were on the inside seated awaiting their turn to vote.

Over at Anegada one resident said, "We don't expect to see a crowd over here because the population is so small. People will come out in their ease and comfort."

22 polling stations; 13, 585 registered voters

Twenty-two polling stations are being used on Election Day to service the 13,585 registered voters in the Territory.

The polls opened from 6:00 a.m. today and will close at 6:00 p.m.  Persons in line at 6:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote. However, no one will be allowed to join the line after 6:00 p.m.

5 Responses to “Hundreds turn out for early voting”

  • Voter Too (08/06/2015, 10:06) Like (51) Dislike (0) Reply
    Such a cool morning and the atmosphere is just right. God bless the BVI .
  • Voters' privilege (08/06/2015, 10:56) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is wonderful to see such a robust turn out. Democracy at its best!
  • voter (08/06/2015, 11:40) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Looking at all the pictures, I want to believe that voters at the Valley Virgin Gorda polling station were the most comfortable. At least when I passed there no one was outside in lines. The line was inside of the centre under AC comfort. Go VG.
  • VG Resident (08/06/2015, 11:59) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't matter what the Campaign season was like its democracy @ its best
  • ladies night (08/06/2015, 14:47) Like (5) Dislike (12) Reply
    Olivine looking good up in long look-------I see a lot of Dancia supporters at Willard Wheatley School--WOW!-- Its going to be ladies night.


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