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NDP Civil War Part 2: Chairman Walwyn’s eligibility to sit in HoA questioned

-Virgin Islands Party distances itself from that fight
In-fighting continues in the National Democratic Party (NDP) as to whether newly elected Chairman Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) should sit in the House of Assembly. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Leader Hon. Andrew A. Fahie (right) and former Permanent Secretary and businessman Mr Julian Willock (left) both are staying clear of the NDP war. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Leader Hon. Andrew A. Fahie (right) and former Permanent Secretary and businessman Mr Julian Willock (left) both are staying clear of the NDP war. Photo: VINO/File
The Debate as to whether Hon. Walywn should sit in the HoA has been a sore point since his election in 2011. Photo: VINO/File
The Debate as to whether Hon. Walywn should sit in the HoA has been a sore point since his election in 2011. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) has entered a new phase of the nasty in-fighting and destabilization.

After spending their first three years, from 2015 to presently, fighting to strip their former Leader Dr the The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) of his Finance portfolio, they are now openly questioning, if their newly elected Chairman Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Minister for Education and Culture can sit in the House of Assembly (HoA).

The debate continues, as they have sourced in-house party legal counsel on the matter, as the officer has made her views clear on the issue to the entire NDP executive committee.

He Born Here 

Mr Walwyn, who was born in the Virgin Islands (VI) but neither of his parents were born in the British Overseas Territory of the VI, has been the subject of whether he should sit in the HoA according to Section 65 of the 2007 Constitution since his election in 2011 and the matter has not gone away. 

VIP says keep that fight over by NDP 

Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in a statement today July 4, 2018 over the NDP internal war to discredit their own Chairman noted, “there seems to be a looming battle between the NDP members concerning the eligibility of their elected members. The subject of who is and who is not eligible to sit as a Member in the HoA has been adequately covered in the revised Constitution Order 2007 of the VI which incidentally, was initiated and passed during an NDP Administration.”

He further noted, “If the NDP members at this time wish to re-open the subject of the eligibility of their very own members then it is only fair to say that it is their prerogative to do so but they will be best advised that the VIP Executive will choose what battles they will address.”

Hon Fahie made it clear that, “This is an NDP fight; Not a VIP battle”.

Julian Willock staying focused

Today one online news site reported on a leaked document over the matter.  In an invited comment over the debate, former Permanent Secretary and businessman Julian Willock, himself an At Large Candidate for the upcoming general elections, whose name appeared on the online news site article as being  copied on the leaked document, stated, “my focus is to tell the people of the Virgin Islands,  if given  the blessings by the VIP Congress and working with the new Premier,  how will we make their life better off and supporting the Leader to bring about good governance… let them fight that war,” Mr Willock noted.


35 Responses to “NDP Civil War Part 2: Chairman Walwyn’s eligibility to sit in HoA questioned”

  • one eye (04/07/2018, 21:04) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well sah
    • To one eye (07/07/2018, 14:17) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Indeed well sah. Myron has once again orchastrated confusion to deceive and divide the people and try to get sympathy votes to make it look like VIP after him when he full well know that it is his own NDP after him. We are tired of his foolish games and his deceptive nature.
  • wize up (04/07/2018, 21:14) Like (15) Dislike (37) Reply
    looks like the NDP and VIP have some serious internal issues(what a country)!!!!(a good third party)....come next election the people will have 2 VIP Parties(Fraser/Fahie) and 2 NDP Parties(Skelton/Walwyn)....let the “game” begin
    • TO WIZE UP (04/07/2018, 21:26) Like (41) Dislike (8) Reply
      The VIP has no internal issues so stop spreading malicious information. Frazer has left the VIP almost two years now so there's absolutely no issue.
      • wize up (05/07/2018, 02:39) Like (8) Dislike (11) Reply
        thanks for the update!!! I assume you have the list of those who representing the districts or that list came out 2 years ago as well(don’t take so personal)....
    • please (04/07/2018, 21:28) Like (30) Dislike (12) Reply
      There's only one VIP and they will win.
  • Luvz (04/07/2018, 22:08) Like (52) Dislike (8) Reply
    Why question whether Minister Walwyn can sit in HOA now that he is chairman of NDP? What happened when he was elected some 4years ago. When will all this nonsense stop? For Pete sake, can nothing done right in these Virgin Islands?

    Hurricane season is upon us and all some could find/think to do is cause division and be malicious. Why can't some of us let love, peace, joy and the like reign in their hearts.
    • Really? (04/07/2018, 22:57) Like (27) Dislike (5) Reply
      Well I'm watching and listening attentively. MW there are a lot of us like you, what they do to you shows what they will do to me too. Yes I will be looking on and taking notes of what they have to say about your heritage.
    • Diana (05/07/2018, 09:55) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      If my memory serve me correct this issue was discuss before. Remember when Mark was first elected and then again when Mark, Myron and Archie were elected in 2011. It was started by members of their own party and is still being done by them and from good sources inside the party it and not going nowhere no time soon. Do not try to
  • question (04/07/2018, 22:44) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
    How do a set of MILLIONAIRES as a group run a country broke, mis-manage funds and further display behaviour of that which represents the opposite of successful millionaires?

  • ccc (04/07/2018, 22:53) Like (22) Dislike (14) Reply
    We sick of the ndp
  • guy hill (04/07/2018, 23:01) Like (82) Dislike (1) Reply
    There is a serious need to stop all this born here born there bull nonsense. There are Tortolians(virginislanders) who were born in St. Thomas, New York, Miami. Likewise there are Antiguans, Americans, Kittitians, Haitians, Dominicans and Vincentians et al....born in Tortola (Virgin islands). This life is real. Seize the time now get over this shiggidy.
    • @guy hill & others (06/07/2018, 10:45) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      There are many nations in the world with stricter immigration policies than that of the BVI and many of their citizens birth their children in other countries of the world. ‘Many of which are constantly commenting on the blogs concerning this issue, yet as soon as they receive their citizenship they practice the same’.

      This is the immigration laws of the land... so live with it or depart and live elsewhere where the immigration laws accommodate you and your family’s needs ‘if this overwhelms your minds’.

      The world can have immigration policies and babies outside of their boards and so can BVI citizens...and that’s how life goes.
      • NPolitico (07/07/2018, 18:40) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Most countries in the world don’t have jus soli, birthright Citizenship, ie, most European, Asian......etc, including the UK. North America, Central America, South America and Caribbean and few other countries have jus soli; most countries have jus sanguinis, by blood. For example, persons in the UK on or after January 1983 don’t get automatic citizenship; one or both parents must be linked to the UK. A country cannot have wide open immigration policy. However, lets keep .it real. For a country to grow, its population must increase. A growing population is needed for a growing consumer base and to spread the governing load. Look around the globe and you will find that all successful countries recruit talent from outside their borders, recruiting the best and brightest.
  • Political Observer (PO) (05/07/2018, 04:14) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is not the constitution clear as to whom can stand for election? Why was not this eligibility issue addressed back in 2011? Was the honorable member grandfathered as others are? Let’s settled this once and for all quickly. The territory was devastated by two monster Cat 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, causing approx $3.6M in damages. The hurricanes impacted the economic twin pillars——tourism and financial services. A third storm——a legislative storm—-is swirling over the BVI, ie, the amendment to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill that requires Caribbean OTs to established registers of beneficial ownership.

    Furthermore nuff people are hurting. The territory is in the midst of the 2018 hurricane season and many properties damaged during the 2017 hurricane season have not been not been touched/repaired. People need help. As such the focus should be on providing batter and more prosperous live for citizens. Let’s abide by the constitution and also take care of the people of the BVI. Peace, tranquility, stability...........y’all.
  • Sue (05/07/2018, 07:01) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    They'll all be fine god knows best
  • me (05/07/2018, 07:04) Like (27) Dislike (8) Reply
    The NDP can't be trusted by the people nor by each other.
  • tola (05/07/2018, 07:21) Like (15) Dislike (20) Reply

    If j...l and his followers didn't know that myron wasn't a true leader and if he rejoined the vip they wont be doing all these sh...t leave the damn man along-the more you fight him the stronger he get live with it

  • q (05/07/2018, 08:03) Like (22) Dislike (7) Reply

    BULL S..T.

  • voter (05/07/2018, 08:03) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    Fahie and willock are both right let them fight it over there
  • HAHA (05/07/2018, 08:12) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    In all fairness the issue was brought up years ago and they were questioning Archie and Mark as well but the issue didn’t went to the Courts.
  • Diaspora (05/07/2018, 08:24) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply

    Wars are destructive, leaving in their much casualties, pain, suffering, destruction........etc. The consequences of war takes a long time to heal if ever, if ever. It is one thing to fight Abdul, Raul, Sing Sing or Joe on the battle field but yet another painful thing to fight family members in the same household. However, if you sow thorn don’t expect to reap corn. The Machiavellian method may get one to the top yet another to stay there. One cannot lead if no one is following; poor followership leads to poor leadership.

    The country is at crossroad and in critical needs of strong and sound leadership to position the territory on right path. The last 3 years have not been stable and productive years. This was evident by the underperformance before, during and after the hurricanes. Consequently, for the good of territory, the NDP needs to disband now and let the people choose a new government. The people must be more selective and deliberate as to whom they select to represent them; they must be engaged and hold elected and appointed members accountable and responsible. Vote the national interest, not self interest. Do not go in hibernation after election. Stay visible and engaged. By the way, disbanding is the patriotic thing to do to save the territory.

  • Sickening (05/07/2018, 09:57) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is just to give people something to bitch about. He was born on BVI soil before Jan 1 1983, that makes him a BVI citizen. Who is indigenous? suppost BVI was a little bigger, will some of us be able to hold in it? what is wrong with us? why are we so badminded? why are we so evil? A community that prides itself in being a Christian society, where is the Christ in us. Why don't we have anything good to say about anybody, no matter what the issue is about? When God created the earth, did he put BVI on the front page? goodness gracious
  • wize up (05/07/2018, 10:26) Like (17) Dislike (18) Reply
    a third political party which is composed of women will be a plus.....try voting for individuals with good standards : the way forward will be tuff for whoever get elected; who we vote for must put the people first and fix the infrastructure: I have no issues and who win, win
  • IAMNOTMYRUN (05/07/2018, 12:02) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    To the young people of this Territory, who were born in the British Virgin Islands and whose parents are expats take note. Understand and Educate your self where you stand. To the parents who are eligible to vote the future of your children are at stake. Listen and learn.
  • Ms....... (05/07/2018, 16:53) Like (11) Dislike (33) Reply
    Myron is the only person that I think can and have the experience to run this Country.
    • JELOUSY (07/07/2018, 20:34) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      The man's level of intelligence has outweighed many other politian and this has caused a wave of jealousy from his haters. The man is capable.
    • Hmmmmm (08/07/2018, 15:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • motive (05/07/2018, 19:40) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is plain to see that some aspiring to elected office have ulterior motives. People with common sense will realize that this can only result in more confusion. My people do not be fooled by vindictive and power hungry persons, they are only pushing us to where we are trying hard not to go. This is not a game.
  • Push it real good (06/07/2018, 08:58) Like (24) Dislike (27) Reply
    You all need to leave Myron alone. He is the most qualified to run the Country. Myron is a realist and I love that about him. For every twenty person that is against Myron, one hundred more is FOR him.
    • @Push it real good (07/07/2018, 14:10) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      Myron is making this up about the VIP so he can get sympathy votes. He knows full well that it is his own NDP who is raising this concern. He needs to stop trying to deceive the people for votes.
  • not fair (08/07/2018, 14:56) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    Are we going to be forced to give all these new comers a piece of our inherited lands also? Why is it that they have no property in their homeland? They will not stop at citizenship. The next step is land acqusition. Instead of fighting virgin islanders for their property, they should be back home fighting for land and justice.
    Virgin Islanders should not be giving one square inch of land to anyone.
    People who come here to seek employment should get their pay but not the land or rights of others.
    Walwyn and his ilk have nothing th loose in this regard. So he will be fighting to give virgin islanders hard earned land to others. This is not fair.
  • No Name (08/07/2018, 15:35) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Everybody knows that NDP amended the Constitution to allow Achie, Mark and Myron to be eligible to run in the election. Do your research!
  • BRAD BOYNES (09/07/2018, 14:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    A lot if you need to learn nationality law. Stick that in your pipe and puff it.

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