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NDP Delegates vote for ‘title change’ for 2 top posts

…roles reversed; President is now Chairman, Chairman is now President
New National Officers (list names from left to right): Hon Melvin M. Turnbull, Kevin S. Fahie, Messina Vanterpool, Dion K. Crabbe, Hon Myron V. Walwyn, Troy E. Christopher, Hon Marlon A. Penn, Yvonne Crabbe, Dr Michael A. Turnbull. Hon Archie C. Christian, Shaina M. Smith. Photo: Provided
The 2018 NDP Convention election results
The 2018 NDP Convention election results
Presentation of Token of appreciation with outgoing Leader of the Party, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith. Photo: Provided
Presentation of Token of appreciation with outgoing Leader of the Party, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith. Photo: Provided
TREASURE ISLE, Tortola, VI - Delegates at the National Democratic Party’s (NDP) 2018 Convention, held at the Treasure Isle, Hotel on Saturday, June 23, 2018, unanimously, “approved the exchange of titles and not roles of the President, Vice President, Chairman and Deputy Chairman—which is now in line with international standards.”

This would mean that following the elections and Convention held on Saturday June 23, 2018, the new top positions in the party’s hierarchy are, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), Chairman of the NDP, while the Deputy Chairman, is Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8).

The party’s President is now Troy E. Christopher, while Dr Michael A. Turnbull, is now Vice President.

Challenging Period

The information is disclosed in a press statement issued by the party at the close of the Convention.

According to the statement dated, June 23, 2018, outgoing NDP President, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, said, “I am pleased to have served as president for the past twenty years and I thank the party and the people of the BVI for their support over that time, and look forward to the continued support as I continue as Premier to lead the Territory through perhaps the most challenging period in our history”.

Mr Christopher in his remarks said, “…no other party in the history of the Virgin Island has been able to transition leadership while in power and this truly shows our maturity and stability as a party. This shows renewed commitment in putting our people first”.

Chairwoman of the Convention Committee, Ms Shaina M. Smith shared that, “the journey getting to this point has been a great experience for the Convention team and it was a pleasure for her to serve in this capacity.”

She envisions—in the spirit of unity and maturity—a “bright future for the National Democratic Party and the British Virgin Islands”.

119 of 120

The Convention saw a total of 119 of the 120 registered Delegates, present and voting, on constitutional amendments and for the party’s top officers

Newly elected party leader, Hon Walwyn, in his acceptance remarks to the Convention said, he is humbled by the confidence placed in him by the delegation and promised to rebuild the party in the spirit of its founding members and lead the party to victory in the next general elections in 2019.


As a token of appreciation for the years of service to the Party, the people of the Virgin Islands and for the love of country, Mr Christopher presented on behalf of the Convention a token of appreciation to the Premier and Former President of the Party.

The Party further honoured Mrs Lorna G. Smith, OBE with a floral arrangement for her commitment and support to the Party and to her husband as the leader of the Party.


22 Responses to “NDP Delegates vote for ‘title change’ for 2 top posts ”

  • DON Q (24/06/2018, 10:17) Like (34) Dislike (3) Reply
    We still want them gone

    They bad for the bvi
  • Only in the BVI (24/06/2018, 11:02) Like (59) Dislike (7) Reply
    One thing that is guaranteed with a NDP win is that the crabs will once again have their claws in the government's piggybanks. The territory's biggest contract recipient has 2 members directly a part of the NDP. Only in the BVI, that's why we need to see every detail of every contract that are awarded by the NDP. Too many side deals and ulterior motives. Millions get spent on plane, plane go missing, Nobody in jail, no law suits and people excited about the party that did this. Only in the BVI. The wall of the high school cost more than the some of the primary schools combined. Only in the BVI
    • Jaigon (24/06/2018, 17:06) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
      Well the power lies in the voting finger of the people and it’s our fundamental right to ensure that when the next general elections are held, that NDP doesn’t see the light of power again in this territory. They should be sent home packing, every last one of them
  • Eagle Eye (24/06/2018, 12:12) Like (12) Dislike (11) Reply
    There are so many NDP's missing out of this picture don't let me have to start calling names.
  • me (24/06/2018, 12:35) Like (28) Dislike (48) Reply
    From what I’ve heard Myron paid for them votes and contracts was given. The schools can’t get built yet what is the country??? Irma have nothing on this
    I’ve been with ndp for 24 years now I’m switching to VIP.
    • @wow (24/06/2018, 13:47) Like (23) Dislike (39) Reply
      You lie! You were never with my NDP.

      Go with the Vicious Idiot Party.

      We the youth for Walwyn run this country.
    • Ms.Diva (24/06/2018, 17:09) Like (24) Dislike (10) Reply
      @wow, I agree that you are a liar. Let's see some receipts/proof for what you said. Bet you cannot produce any, why? because you and your I've heard is nothing but fabrication.
      • Pow wow (24/06/2018, 18:26) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
        I've heard that Mitch paid the delegates to win Chaplin position.
  • RealTalk (24/06/2018, 12:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Hmmm (24/06/2018, 12:53) Like (29) Dislike (17) Reply
    Myron walwyn is in the lodge he’s the devil child that’s why he’s in so much power, but with God the most high in control he will fail.
    • Jeeze (24/06/2018, 14:18) Like (22) Dislike (12) Reply
      @Hmmm, when will you people stop the nonsense. And if he is, it has nothing to do with you nor is it your business. You people need to learn how to STAY IN YOUR LANE. What is for a person will be for that person no matter what is said or who try to stop it. Heard they were serving humble pie today.
      • ( ) (25/06/2018, 15:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Is this matter about what is for a person or about what is for this Territory?
    • Mr Prince Hall (24/06/2018, 17:36) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
      The chairman Troy in the lodge also and the lodge is not supposed to mix with politics and religion but them boys in that thing for benefits and other naughty stuff.

      Fake masons.
  • Sunshine Flower (24/06/2018, 13:32) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply
    Bring it on you crooks of the new generation!

    We still want justice from the thieves of yesterday!

    BVI deserves our millions back!
  • Inquiring Minds (24/06/2018, 14:51) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    How did they become delegates? Is the open to the public to seek to be a delegate or the party decides who they prefer?
  • me (24/06/2018, 18:44) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Only if I could of send pictures I would, I have receipts
    • Bigger Understanding (25/06/2018, 08:22) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      Now I see and understand why people in the BVI is always getting in trouble, because of their mouths. You all talk to damn much. The local college need to have a course in learning how to mind your business. You mind your business you live a day longer.
      • What? (25/06/2018, 15:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Is that meant to be a silencer or a threat? or is it just trolling?
  • me (24/06/2018, 18:45) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Send some numbers let me send them pictures
  • SMH (24/06/2018, 19:41) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mr. Wattley, turning over in his grave.
  • my (25/06/2018, 12:04) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am not sure why people from here always talk about the dead.
    Listen they are dead and gone we have to now look for the living. The future of our kids make this country a better place ( Moving forward ). things change people grow what was in style thirty years ago is gone . everyday comes with something new.

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