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NDP delegates to decide on new title for party leader

-will vote on calling top man ‘Chairman’ or ‘President’
NDP President, Premier, Dr D. Orlando Smith. Photo. VINO/File
NDP Chairman Mr Troy E. Christopher. Photo: VINO/File
NDP Chairman Mr Troy E. Christopher. Photo: VINO/File
The June 23, 2018 NDP Delegates Convention is being held in accordance with the party’s constitution which dictates it be held, “at least once in every two years, which shall deal with any or all matters affecting the party; proposed amendments to the party’s constitution; review the performance of the party and elect party officers. Photo: VINO/File
The June 23, 2018 NDP Delegates Convention is being held in accordance with the party’s constitution which dictates it be held, “at least once in every two years, which shall deal with any or all matters affecting the party; proposed amendments to the party’s constitution; review the performance of the party and elect party officers. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Delegates of the National Democratic Party (NDP) will on June 23, 2018, in addition to voting for a new leader ahead of the upcoming general elections, decide altogether if they want to keep the title for that person as ‘President’ or change it to ‘Chairman.’

The party made the announcement in a public statement dated June 11, 2018 when it said the changes are among the constitutional amendments being proposed for ratification by the NDP Delegates Convention.

Nine Offices up for grab!
According to the statement, “…one amendment being proposed for ratification is that of an exchange of titles and not roles, of the President, Vice President, Chairman and Deputy Chairman.”

Once approved by the Convention, the President and Vice President will be referred to as Chairman and Deputy Chairman and the Chairman and Deputy Chairman will be referred to as President and Vice President.”

Delegates who are eligible to vote on June 23, 2018, “will once again have an opportunity to nominate and cast their ballots for candidates who are contesting,” according to the NDP statement.

The nine party offices being contested are that of NDP President—currently held by Premier, Dr the Honourable, D. Orlando Smith (AL)—Vice President, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, Chaplain, Chairman of the Youth Movement and Chairperson of the Women’s Association.

Constitutionally Due
The June 23, 2018 NDP Delegates Convention is being held in accordance with the party’s constitution which dictates it be held, “at least once in every two years, which shall deal with any or all matters affecting the party; proposed amendments to the party’s constitution; review the performance of the party and elect party officers. 

The NDP on February 6, 2018, began the process with the election of Mr Troy E. Christopher and Dr Michael A. Turnbull being elected Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively.

According to the party statement formally announcing the convention, Deputy Chairman, Dr Michael A. Turnbull said, “…this Convention is special within our Party. It not only represents the maturity of our now 20 year old political organization, but the willingness of our leadership to allow the democratic process to unfold.”

According to Dr Turnbull, “this smooth transition of leadership represents the highest ideal of a democratic system. The future of the party is bright and the emergence of potential leaders is emblematic of the enthusiasm and passion needed to lead our party for another twenty years.”

The June 23, 2018 NDP Delegates Convention is being held under the theme ‘Unity and Strength,’ which Dr Turbull said, “is the theme by which we would rally, as one party geared toward taking our country forward.”

13 Responses to “NDP delegates to decide on new title for party leader ”

  • wow (12/06/2018, 10:56) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    ALL of the NDP is fighting for power while we the people are suffering.
  • My Take (12/06/2018, 10:57) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    NDP has disappointed us all.
  • People (12/06/2018, 10:58) Like (14) Dislike (9) Reply
    It matters not who is the head of the NDP. They are the most corrupt government ever.
  • LOL (12/06/2018, 11:00) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    The NDP was critising and bad mouthing the VIP especially about their leadership issues a year ago but it turns out that they have more confusion and infighting than the VIP.
  • for sure (12/06/2018, 11:00) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    NDP MUST GO!!!
  • Truth (12/06/2018, 11:58) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    the changes will not matter we want them gone period
  • just wrong (12/06/2018, 13:33) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Now this is really important stuff. What's in a name? "A Rose is a Rose is a Rose". Or maybe a Cactus is a Cactus is a Cactus ?
  • CS1 (12/06/2018, 13:37) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The NDP has sadly moved from being "Crystal Clear" to a complete "blackout". The "family" has now split.
  • Political Observer (PO) (12/06/2018, 13:40) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    The NDP intends to change the name President to Chairman. Does gender neutrality means anything; Chairperson. Dr. Hon Preimier, Al, MoF, has not indicated that he is stepping down yet members of his sitting government is challenging him for the leadership position. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Seems there are nuff disloyal, disunity....etc rats attacking the box cheese. No doubt there is a palace coup. Was the Premier in no uncertain terms told in the caucus that it is time for him to go? If no, are there j.....s in the house. Is there a ministerial restructuring in the making? If no why not? Should whole da....n ting be blo...n up?
  • Entitlement (12/06/2018, 13:49) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Court Jester also comes to mind also for you guys new title
  • @ truth (13/06/2018, 09:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I too concur with your statement. People of the Virgin Islands must not get distracted by their internal affairs. What matters is come Election day, give them a fair grade. "F" them.
  • Luiji (13/06/2018, 09:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How 'bout 'Luiji'? Thatsa nice family name.
  • Rubber Duck (15/06/2018, 00:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Chief Panjandrum.


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