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‘Justify snap elections or I not voting NDP’ – Rudolph E. George

- said the NDP government has failed Jost Van Dyke
Prominent Jost Van Dyke businessman Mr Rudolph E. George pledges not to vote for the NDP unless it can justify failing to serve the time elected for. Photo: Facebook
Of the many issues that are of serious concerns to residents of Jost Van Dyke and in particular Mr Rudolph E. George, as he is directly affected, is the execution of projects on the island. He alluded to the works being done to the cemetery wall which is in very close proximity to his business place. He alleged that the contract was awarded to someone who resides at Tortola and that individual has been making a mess of the project, leaving the area in an unsightly state. Photo: Team of Reporters
Of the many issues that are of serious concerns to residents of Jost Van Dyke and in particular Mr Rudolph E. George, as he is directly affected, is the execution of projects on the island. He alluded to the works being done to the cemetery wall which is in very close proximity to his business place. He alleged that the contract was awarded to someone who resides at Tortola and that individual has been making a mess of the project, leaving the area in an unsightly state. Photo: Team of Reporters
Mr George is not pleased that someone residing on Tortola was given the contract to execute a simple project as building a wall around the cemetery in Jost Van Dyke when there were many contractors on the sister island capable of doing the project. Photo: Team of Reporters.
Mr George is not pleased that someone residing on Tortola was given the contract to execute a simple project as building a wall around the cemetery in Jost Van Dyke when there were many contractors on the sister island capable of doing the project. Photo: Team of Reporters.
Hon Archibald C. Christian defended his government’s awarding of the contract, saying that the contractor has also been employing residents of Jost Van Dyke. Photo: VINO
Hon Archibald C. Christian defended his government’s awarding of the contract, saying that the contractor has also been employing residents of Jost Van Dyke. Photo: VINO
GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI – Mr Rudolph E. George aka ‘Rudy’, a prominent businessman on Jost Van Dyke and close friend of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D Orlando Smith, is calling on the leader of government business to give solid reasons for calling elections before the end of the legal four year term.

“I tell you Dr Smith is my very good friend, we are friends but I need him to explain to me why call snap elections, we put them in there to serve us for four years not three and a half so what was the rush, why call a snap elections?” asked the businessman.

“I’ll tell him straight and seriously, if he can’t give me good reasons I will not be voting for the NDP, I will not, he is my friend but I will not be voting for him,” said Mr George in an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online.

NDP has failed JVD

According to Mr George, there are a number of issues that the current government has failed to address especially when it comes to dealing with matter on the sister islands. “And we keep raising those issues with them and not getting anywhere, this has to stop.”

Of the many issues that are of serious concerns to residents of Jost Van Dyke and in particular Mr George, as he is directly affected, is the execution of projects on the island. He alluded to the works being done to the cemetery wall which is in very close proximity to his business place. He alleged that the contract was awarded to someone who resides on Tortola and that individual has been making a mess of the project, leaving the area in an unsightly state.

“And it’s a very straight forward simple project…any of the contractors out there could do it. All the contractors on Jost Van Dyke sitting there with no jobs, no contract yet they have to go bring someone all the way from Tortola.”

Contractor a JVD ‘native’- Hon Christian

He said this concern was raised with the Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool and At-Large representative Honourable Archibald C. Christian and while this news site was unsuccessful to confirm with Hon Vanterpool, Hon Christian in an interview with this news site defended the issuing of the contract.

“The conversation I had with Rudy George was in respect to somebody residing on Tortola, coming to Jost Van Dyke and getting work. My position is that the person that resides on Tortola is a native from Jost Van Dyke and living and residing in Tortola. And so you cannot remove somebody from Jost Van Dyke from getting contract in Jost Van Dyke and that’s where Rudy and I differ,” said Hon Christian.

Hon Christian defended his government’s awarding of the contract, saying that the contractor has also been employing residents of Jost Van Dyke. “And the same contractor from Jost Van Dyke that lives on Tortola has been engaging youngsters on Jost Van Dyke to do work as well. So I think the problem is that we have a difference of opinion in where you reside versus where you should be working.”

‘Snap election’ catches ‘Cannon’ Fahie unprepared to contest

The NDP government calling a snap election has left not only Mr George seeking answers but several others, including members of those contesting the elections and those caught off guard and who feel jilted as a result.

One person who feels the call of a snap election has blocked him from the opportunity of contesting is Mr David ‘Cannon’ Fahie.

Speaking briefly with this news site yesterday May 12, 2015, Mr Fahie who had announced his intentions to contest the 2011 general elections but subsequently dropped out of the race, said the snap elections caught him of guard. “Well we only got a couple of days now, I don’t have any time to work with, is like a snap election they calling, they aint giving nobody time to prepare themselves and that’s the main reason why I didn’t put myself up.”

59 Responses to “‘Justify snap elections or I not voting NDP’ – Rudolph E. George”

  • wow (13/05/2015, 10:17) Like (93) Dislike (25) Reply
    NDP were elected in 2011 so elections must have been 2015 or early 2016 at latest. Ralph Oneal said get ready for early elections. Carvin of VIP said elections would be in July. Andrew started the campaign in January at his district address. Now everybody pretending like they got caught off guard. The 9 of June cannot come fast enough so I could laugh at these idiots.
    • @ wow (13/05/2015, 10:27) Like (14) Dislike (26) Reply

      I agree!!! I would be laughing at the NDP id**ts when theys get voted out. You don't do that to your people testing their intelligence and ayo believe you doing good with a 3 months work trick.

      Kick ayo a$$3$ out.

    • huh (13/05/2015, 11:50) Like (37) Dislike (17) Reply
      Mr. George is just asking a question that really deserves an answer and Mr. Fahie needed more time because the election was called earlier than expected . It is the legal right of the sitting government to call a snap election if so desired it is also the right of the voters to know the reason or reasons behind the snap election.

      Wikipedia: A snap election is an election called earlier than expected. Generally it refers to an election in a parliamentary system called when not required (either by law or convention), usually to capitalize on a unique electoral opportunity or to decide a pressing issue.
      • Real (14/05/2015, 08:35) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        If you have any level of education you would know not to use Wikipedia .
    • right (13/05/2015, 15:36) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wow that is an excellent point you have made and true.
  • @Rudy (13/05/2015, 10:23) Like (58) Dislike (11) Reply
    That is not news. You never voted NDP
    • Hmmm (13/05/2015, 12:09) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
      @Rudy how would you know who the man had voted for??? Lawd you just give me a sweet joke here today!!!
  • one eye (13/05/2015, 10:27) Like (32) Dislike (40) Reply
    Jvd going give mitch a wake up call
    • @one eye (13/05/2015, 16:28) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
      well yall stick with Alvin then start the crying again and again every year the same f**k with yall then want to bitch when alvin dont show up to do is role
  • Cuz (13/05/2015, 10:36) Like (79) Dislike (37) Reply
    da respenstive is da one ho fail jostvan dyke nt da ndp
    • l (13/05/2015, 12:05) Like (26) Dislike (35) Reply
      NDP has 4 territorial representatives. That includes JVD. They failed Jost Van Dyke as well.
      • Hmm (13/05/2015, 14:26) Like (27) Dislike (21) Reply
        and they failed VG come on all we got was a park...now they smoothing roads, finishing basket ball court, trying to iupgrade North Sound Court, cuuting the hill and walking in the night from house to house chatting nonsemce..
        While they done sell out our beaches, fooled ppl bout the getting land....corruption!!!!!
        NDP out VIP In that makes a lot of sense.
    • !*!*! (13/05/2015, 12:20) Like (63) Dislike (8) Reply
      "da respenstive is da one ho fail jostvan dyke nt da ndp"
      Just like your grammer, your comment makes no sense. The representative for the second district had no ministerial power for the past 3 and a half years so where was he supposed to get money from to help Jost Van Dyke or any other part of district 2?
      We had four at large representatives, three of whom held ministerial posts and none saw fit to help districts 1, 2 and 3 just because our reps were on the opposition and now we are supposed to cast all the blame on our reps and vote for these same persons who treated us like we didn't exist? I beg them all 'go sit down'! To use their own slang, "Da mek sense?"
      • @!*! (13/05/2015, 15:21) Like (24) Dislike (18) Reply
        For 3 and half years they starved district 1,2 and 3 for their own political agenda, in an effort to make the current representatives look ineffective and make their candidates appear to be the next great hope.

        But come June 8th, its our turn to do the starving.

        #NotOneVote
      • Ok? (13/05/2015, 15:45) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        so wha happen BEFORE the 3 years....waiting?
        • go figure (15/05/2015, 22:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          They talking about now. They already know what happen BEFORE the 3.6 years. You are on a roll.
      • nonsense (13/05/2015, 19:49) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
        All elected district reps get $125 Grand every single year to do work in their districts. You all need to ask your reps what they did with the money they got and signed for. That is a fact not opinion
  • SKA (13/05/2015, 10:48) Like (38) Dislike (4) Reply
    The reason is simple. They [government] need to quickly implement the NHI system so that they can get the tax on a roll and pay for the hospital. NHI posed as a "health insurance" is basically another tax. If people take a look at the consultation paper they would realise the coverage is inadequate, so persons would be forced to have proper "private" insurance for them and their families. Some employers normally pay the premium for their employees; these employers would now not be able to afford this practice if they are now to contribute to this NHI on the employee’s behalf.
    So the average person would be paying Tax +Social Security +NHI +your own insurance premium. The average salary cannot sustain this.
    8/10 BVIslanders have insurance and adequate coverage, most provided through their employers.
    I implore BVIslanders to take a look at what is covered under the NHI, described as insurance. For example most procedures are subject to be approved by a “board” and everybody knows how that works in the BVI. “Who you know” or “Who you fa” would be the deciding factor.
    The BVI population is too small to sustain the NHI as proposed, and my biggest problem with the government of the day is that, the “Snap election” was called to hide this fact. Notice how they are not even mentioning the NHI during any one of their campaigns.
    Their plans are to have the election NOW, in hopes of winning, then come January force this on the people. They couldn’t do it before the election, because they know for a fact most people don’t want it, they can’t properly justify it, and no one would vote for a government that just implemented an “unnecessary” tax on its people when cost of living in the BVI is already so high.
    Only the selected “few” would not be affected by this NHI tax it will crush the small man.
    • The Observer (13/05/2015, 17:06) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      A brilliant presentation. "Not before the election," says the first lady and Ronnie went silent. BUT he will be back on fast track following the election.
      • SIS (14/05/2015, 11:44) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        SKA jobs are not for ever. Some people will get fired, some will resign and some will get fired. In essence, any insurance an paid by an employer is TEMPORARY". You had better start planning for yourself.
        • SKA (15/05/2015, 12:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          My dear I can afford and am happy to pay for my own premium if need be. What I am NOT happy about is paying for an “inadequate coverage” that is no use to me, simply because our so called politicians can’t plan financially. And unlike most BVIslanders I have educated myself so that I can ensure that I am an asset to any employer, and can hold my own financially, whether employed by another or myself and not depend on the “Born here privilege”.
  • Jost van Dyke (13/05/2015, 10:59) Like (37) Dislike (70) Reply
    NDP must go

  • Well (13/05/2015, 10:59) Like (45) Dislike (24) Reply
    Go sit down Rudy.
  • sorry (13/05/2015, 11:01) Like (14) Dislike (20) Reply
    Thay ain checking for your 1 vote boo
  • ooooo (13/05/2015, 11:12) Like (25) Dislike (63) Reply
    VOTE VIP ALL THE WAY!
  • JVD (13/05/2015, 11:13) Like (24) Dislike (39) Reply
    Vote for Elford or Rajah.
  • Truth (13/05/2015, 11:23) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    The cemetery project stop but truly the place could have being clean, amagine if we have to wait for eight more moths to continue project. All the trimings of the old wall aroung and the rusty steel as well are presenting an unsightly projection of who we are. Well that says a lot about the contractor. Please may sure what you saying sometimes the contractors bring their own pleople from Tortola and even Rudy has his men from Tortola when he is awarded a project.
  • facts man (13/05/2015, 11:27) Like (43) Dislike (54) Reply
    Not a man left supporting the wrongs of Dr. Smith and he gang
  • Nickname (13/05/2015, 11:35) Like (26) Dislike (9) Reply
    the npd must stop its a democratic society look out the man for the college will be fired soon think to talk the very evil
    • voter of the sixthwe (13/05/2015, 13:08) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
      we already know they tell him his contract would not renew, miss harrigan will be next president of the college.so that why he is running he is out of a job.
  • power (13/05/2015, 11:37) Like (21) Dislike (46) Reply
    Ndp need to go
  • Principal (13/05/2015, 11:51) Like (19) Dislike (23) Reply
    people of the virgin islands do yoy know that the general elections to come is non and void the government has not up to this day tell the people of this country wht the coouncil was dessolved and why a snap election the governor was to tell the people of this country and call out the election date not the premier please reas the consitituion of the bvi the election will have no value anf mr. premier smith you really need to take ms pee off the campagin trail from embrassing the country donot let her control the show people check the consitution and if the council is dissolved why are the ministers going in to office people know the law premier please do what is right and come to the people and tell them why council was stopped or else some one is going to tell the country you owe the people of the country that respect.
    • wow (13/05/2015, 15:35) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      I guess you cant ready or don't listen to the news.... cause you would have know why...... but I guess you have your own reason that you would like to hear. So nothing else matter
  • little harbour (13/05/2015, 11:57) Like (27) Dislike (12) Reply
    bouy rudy i pray the ndp does not vitimise you..that is their MO for who speak out against them
  • l (13/05/2015, 12:08) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    The problem is, Jost Van Dyke doesn't have enough votes to sway the balance in favor of any one candidate. As long as they win the rest of the district, JVD suck salt.
  • Fighter (13/05/2015, 12:53) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    that's your opinion a strong one at that--I respect it. I have a few of my own but my biggest one is that hospital board-they are not running the hospital properly--Get the Money to pay nurses increment didn`t pay them--unfair--ungodly--injust--nurses in my view work much harder than police--
  • Hmmmm (13/05/2015, 13:27) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    These ndp voters have no manners and respect for no one that is not nice for your party the people that wanted to vote for ndp now will change there minds because of you all erotic behavior you are fools
  • jost (13/05/2015, 13:46) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I- JVD BEEN SUCKING SALT A LONG TIME WHEN WE TIRED SUCKING SALT WE DRINK WATER THAT ALVIN CHRISTOPHER GIVE US
  • Lb (13/05/2015, 13:48) Like (9) Dislike (16) Reply
    People come from every other district to do work in my 4th district and we can't say anything! But he vex because someone from the bvi got work in the 2nd district of jvd? They need to stop. When i pay my taxes I pay taxes for the country bit for a particular island. If you all can work in my district then i should be able to work on your island!

    The Premier already said why they called the snap elections. I guess Rudy wasn't listening. But by not knowing why the snap elections are called, is that enough not to view for your so called friend? We all know Rudy is a VIP. Give us a break and be real!

    As for Cannon REALLY? Go sit down! Oh but wait if you sit down it will take forever for you to get up again!
  • Speak the truth (13/05/2015, 13:55) Like (5) Dislike (12) Reply
    We need to define the term "snap election." The contractor is a native of Jost Van Dyke, so what is the problem? If the same person who is here complaining had done the job properly in the first place, the Government would not have had to hire another contractor to do the same job again. Let us speak the truth and stop blaming the Government.
  • VG (13/05/2015, 14:25) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    I see now why they were chased by the people out of JVD
  • kk (13/05/2015, 15:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everyone have a right to their own oppinion , and who feels it knows , just saying.
  • listen to me (13/05/2015, 15:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let Rudy go and sit down and leave the contractor from Tortola alone. He has used every single strategy to obstruct the progress of this man whether it be NDP or VIP Government. He shouldn't even complain now, because he had the first contract to do the same job and if he had done it properly; then the contractor from Tortola would not have to do it over now. He is just too dishonest to be a human being.
  • Hmmmm (13/05/2015, 15:47) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Vote Rajah you say.....well sah, why for the love of goodness the VIP bring a put together team for we? Why?!!
  • Amazing (13/05/2015, 15:53) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply

    Who the h*** is Rudy? He need to go back JVD instead of wanting to feel important. His vote for the NDP will NOT matter.

  • WASA (13/05/2015, 15:57) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    BULL SNAP MAN HE HAVE TO TELL YOU WHY OR YOU ARE NOT GOINH TO VOTE FOR HIM WHO CARES SHA MAN GET OVER IT
  • long look (13/05/2015, 16:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    D7 get stared out too not only 1,2 and3
  • Grodd (13/05/2015, 17:23) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Add Rudy to the list of people that about to get screwed when NDP gets re elected. Dawson if not elected will not be rehired and because of Romney, Digicel definitely will never get LTE. Don't waste anytime submitting bids for any major contracts including Airport got Crab got his claws in the cookie jar for another 4 years guaranteed because he definitely want to recoup that campaign money.
  • ss (13/05/2015, 17:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blah blah
  • yes (13/05/2015, 17:55) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    George was always vip stop looking fame to be on this website, you're just a next waste spreading lies.
  • Pundit (13/05/2015, 19:06) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Cannon, we did you a favor. NHI will come regardless of which government is in.
  • stop (13/05/2015, 22:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Alvin cant get much do on JVD if the NDP 4 at larger doing what they want i all district unknown to the district representive and in vg the basketball court that they say them giving us cheaper they didn't cause u can't jump nor bounce balk to hi n don't talk bout the fishing industry that need to be fix months u can't get fish n I still can't understand how one tola man can get 3 Contrack work in 9 district not 1 but 3 so what happen to the construction men over here thing with yall
  • voter (14/05/2015, 06:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thos grapes were definitely sour anyway Rudy. You didn't get a government contract so you carrying on with a set of noise?
  • big bird (14/05/2015, 07:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor Exponential, not even a word out of NDP on how they treated JVD
  • ALLBLIND (14/05/2015, 09:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    DISTRICT TWO HAS A REPRESENTATIVE AND THE FIRST BLAME IS ON MR. ALVIN BAU-BAU CHRISTOPHER. STOP FAILING TO ADDRESS WHO IS TO BLAME, NONE BUT HIM. RUDY NEEDS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR THE SO CALLED SNAP ELECTIONS, YOU WANT TO TELL ME ALL DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE VOTING FOR? GO VOTE FOR YOUR CANDIDATE AND STOP HEEMING AND HAWING WITH FOOLISHNESS.
  • nonsense (14/05/2015, 13:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    We had time to get ready to vote. All you have to do is to place an X in a box for the party who did the most in the last 8 years. Bi-Water, streetlight at Round-bout, and Green House didn't work. The sewage project, cruise pier, national dress and song, education and hospitL all working
  • Want2No (17/05/2015, 12:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    George you know fool I want to know too why a man from Tortola given a contract on JVD ?. Write now you have a NDP contractor from East End with a devil of a contract to rebuild the Fortune Ghut up in Carrot Bay. Is there no contractors in the first district to do the job? But come June 8 the sensible people will decide.


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