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‘I did not interfere’- Hon Fahie on VIP At-Large internal elections

- Says VIP internal election was a fair process, free of interference
Results from the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) internal At-Large elections held on December 1, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
VIP Chairman, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (at centre)is flanked by At-Large Candidates (clockwise), Mr Neville A. Smith, former Party President, Mr Carvin Malone, BVI Tourist Board Manager and social activist, Ms Shereen D. Flax-Charles and Businesswoman and former candidate, Ms Sharie B. deCastro. Photo: Team of Reporters
VIP Chairman, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (at centre)is flanked by At-Large Candidates (clockwise), Mr Neville A. Smith, former Party President, Mr Carvin Malone, BVI Tourist Board Manager and social activist, Ms Shereen D. Flax-Charles and Businesswoman and former candidate, Ms Sharie B. deCastro. Photo: Team of Reporters
BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI - In their first talk show ‘Let’s Talk’ aired on ZBVI 780 AM last evening Wednesday, December 12, 2018—following the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) internal At-Large elections—Opposition Leader and Chairman of the VIP, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has completely distanced himself from rumors that he interfered with the elections.

The Party Chairman said, “It was a fair and transparent process and talk about my interference is not true.”

“I do not control the nine district committees nor did I tell anyone who to vote for,” he maintained, noting, that all nine candidates had a fair chance.

It was a fair process - Fahie

The fourth Chairman of the main Opposition VIP in addressing the gossip surrounding the results said, “I can’t stop the gossip or tell people to stop, but I can say it was a fair process and I am proud of all the candidates, and the Congress who voted.”

Mr Fahie thanked the people for their prayers in helping to select the four that won, while noting that the five who lost, have pledged to continue working with the party.

However, two delegates from the sixth district had approached Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), complaining that on the day of the vote, December 1, 2018, they were removed from the sixth district delegate list in what they described as “an unfair manner.”

VINO ultimately decided not to peruse the story, since the delegates did not wish for their names to be used. 

Willock says time to move on

Businessman and former Permanent Secretary, Julian Willock—one of the nine persons who contested but lost—when asked about Hon Fahie’s statement and the rumours, declined to comment.

He however noted, “We have an election to win come 2019, [and] we have serious national issues to address.”

“Look, the internal election is over," he said, "and of course in a small place you will hear lots of things, some true and others not, however, my focus is on getting the VIP in office,” Mr Willock uttered.

Two other candidates who lost declined to comment and did not return phone calls. Businesswomen and Author, Ms Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson when contacted said, “I am on my way to New York,” and declined to comment.

Former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline—another candidate who lost—did not return phone calls when texted on the subject.

The four VIP At-Large candidates elected are former BVI Softball Association President and Businessman Mr Neville A. Smith aka ‘Sheep,’ former Party President and Businessman Mr Carvin Malone, BVI Tourist Board Manager and social activist, Ms Shereen D. Flax-Charles, and Educator, Businesswoman and former Ms BVI, Sharie B. de Castro.

The VIP is the only political party with a full slate of 13 candidates.

9 Responses to “‘I did not interfere’- Hon Fahie on VIP At-Large internal elections”

  • Bronkly bridge for sale (13/12/2018, 12:16) Like (23) Dislike (63) Reply
    Yea right Andrew go tell that to the bees we know better
    • Jacperlance (13/12/2018, 12:58) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
      Fahie you don’t mind them, some people had ulterior motives, they did not get their way so they are now bent on causing disaffection. I was there and witness the process which was fair, transparent and open. So are people trying to say that Fahie went to each district committee and convinced the delegates who to vote for? I thought we had gone passed this internal process but it is understandable that there will always be those who will try to create confusion don’t matter what
    • To Bronkly bridge for sale (13/12/2018, 16:17) Like (41) Dislike (3) Reply
      I don't know why persons like you wouldn't stop lying on Fahie. I am one of those who voted in the VIP Congress and never once did Fahie imterfere with the voting process. Kudos to you Fahie
  • Outlaw (13/12/2018, 13:04) Like (24) Dislike (6) Reply
    Thank you Mr. Willock. Vino please leave this story where it is. The internal is over and we are now focused on winning the general elections. We are moving in one direction, ‘FORWARD’.
  • hello (13/12/2018, 15:45) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    I"M VOTING FOR WHO TALK ABOUT HELPING THE CITIZENS GET A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS. IT SEEMS AS IF THEY ARE NOT SPEAKING ABOUT THAT AT ALL, BUT WE WAS STILL COME OUT AND VOTE AND GETTING WET WHEN RAIN COMES. WE NEED HELP PLEASE. WE ARE NOT A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY.
  • pu (13/12/2018, 15:50) Like (13) Dislike (58) Reply
    How can we ever trust fahie?
    • @pu (13/12/2018, 21:22) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      We trust Fahie more than we trust them no good crooks in NDP 1 and NDP 2.
    • Lamblike Beast (14/12/2018, 06:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      How could you ever trust ANY politician?Do not just single out one out of appearant hate.
  • pat (13/12/2018, 21:12) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    Vip dead without the esteem on the at large slate . Take that to the bank


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