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New political 'group' to be launched ahead of General Election in VI

- Ishmael E. Brathwaite, Khoy Smith & Abdul Shabazz among 6-member team
Ishmael E. Braithwaite has disclosed to this news site that he is in partnership with others, including Khoy Smith and Bro Abdul Shabazz, and will be making a bid in the upcoming June 8, 2015 snap elections. Photo: Provided
Khoy Smith (left) and Bro Abdul Shabazz are said to be part of the grouping headed by Ishmael Brathwaite. Photo: VINO/Provided/File
Khoy Smith (left) and Bro Abdul Shabazz are said to be part of the grouping headed by Ishmael Brathwaite. Photo: VINO/Provided/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands News Online has been informed that a new political "group" is to be launched ahead of the June 8, 2015 General Election in the Virgin Islands. The political team consists of 6 members, including Ishmael E. Brathwaite, former People's Patriotic Alliance (PPA) member Khoy Smith, and Bro Abdul Shabazz.

Speaking to this news site today May 15, 2015, Brathwaite said the announcement of the June 8, 2015 snap elections on May 6, 2015 caught the group of persons unawares and unprepared. He said as a result of the suddenness of the announcement, they will be unable to field a full 13-member slate.

“We were in the process of forming a party when the snap elections were announced and we had not completed the process. So instead of calling it a party we decided to call it an interest group with the aim of developing it into a party,” he said.

However, he said the group is bent on contesting the elections even while being handicapped heavily in terms of numbers.

“We will be introducing ourselves as the coalition group. We have about five candidates right now but only three have been announced so far,” he said, saying that the three are himself, Khoy Smith and Shabazz Hodge (Bro Abdul Shabazz). “I am not at liberty to disclose the other two because they have not yet announced and they have not decided that they want to contest these elections. But we are talking to Independent candidates who have already announced their intentions to contest these elections.”

He said the group almost has a full slate of persons but unfortunately it will not be quite ready for the June 8, 2015 elections.

Brathwaite also said the group is hoping to have a slate of at least seven persons to contest the upcoming elections.

Lack of transparency in Legislature

According to Brathwaite, the group is not happy with the way the country is being run and as such they decided to get on board the "campaign train" and try to move the country forward. “There is a lot of confusion in the legislature. There is a lack of transparency,” he said.

He believes the legislature has been out of control for the last 12 months and this has led to a very unhealthy situation which he believes must be arrested. He is of the view that the Government called the snap elections to hide the reality of the mismanagement of public funds that the Government has been engaged in.

NDP Victimisation

He is also concerned about what he called the ongoing victimisation of persons in the community by the Government for speaking out against them and said that he himself is one such victim.

The man said that the group will be launching formally soon at a date to be disclosed and in a district to be announced. He said too that the group plans to be on the radio over the next weeks getting its word out there to the people of the territory.

38 Responses to “New political 'group' to be launched ahead of General Election in VI”

  • cay (15/05/2015, 21:19) Like (42) Dislike (12) Reply
    I know how anxious you all are to get rid of the ndp but fir jesus sake ayo go sit down!
    • pete (15/05/2015, 22:26) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
      "never underestimate the deviant because without deviance there is no progress". They push the envelope. There may be some good ideas come out of this. Let's listen...
    • @ cay (16/05/2015, 08:02) Like (8) Dislike (17) Reply
      Axious is joke..but on june 8 ndp will go
    • Good1 (17/05/2015, 12:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yea Cay thanks for the laugh
  • voter (15/05/2015, 21:55) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
    People try bypass all these names, make your decision before you go inside to vote from holding up the line trying to decide with these people springing up like weed. Move with a purpose and keep the lines flowing. Sun hot enough as it is.
  • onlooker (15/05/2015, 22:12) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    Holy cow, holy goat, another group?....this small place is seeing quite a few nut heads appearing on the scene with no plans, no nothing...thinking they can lead us the people...what a sight! Am appalled.
  • comic view (15/05/2015, 22:17) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    This must be comic view with the trushy man that advocating computer don't plant sweet potatoes, and the other one that shot himself in the head advocating to shut down all bars, night clubs, strip clubs, brothels etc. He cause the PPA to sink before they even set sail. Lastly the ring leader, will leave that for another episode of comic view. I supporting The common sense party with yellow, eggy, professor, susie and the rest of the gang with a full 13 slate all the way. Voting "CSP" bum and squat team all the way!!
  • Music (15/05/2015, 22:38) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    They have an advert in Thursday's paper. If you go to the advertised website you will see that they are trying to sell a PONZI pyramid scheme!!!!! Don't go near them!,
    • Music (17/05/2015, 06:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      So you dislikers think aspiring politicians should be running a ponzi scheme?!
  • Hmmmmm (15/05/2015, 23:32) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    How can we trust our future to all babies these man don't kno jack URL crazy if we the people going vote a coalition it have to be people who kno the rout n want change not new comers url mad
  • positive thinking (16/05/2015, 00:05) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    Some of you bloggers are really hilarious. I must admit that I really don't engage in negativity; but I have to agree 101% with the comments expressed here. These guys really need to go and sit down and use their time in a more constructive manner. Could somebody advise them to save their time and money, please?
  • joe (16/05/2015, 03:56) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    every joker wants to get their hand on the treasury.
  • pancho (16/05/2015, 05:03) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    This three weeks party not going to fly but it says something about the mood of the politics and leadership in the VI.
    • Scary Mary (16/05/2015, 08:23) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
      You hit the nail on the head. The fact that so many candidates have announced, indicates that there are a lot of people unhappy with our current leadership. The dubious quality of some potential candidates aside, this election has to be responsible for some kind of record when it comes to the sheer number of candidates announced.

      There are many "tongue in cheek" political parties around the world that were never intended to be taken seriously but to provide a vehicle for those who did not want to vote for ANY of the parties represented. It is basically a way for voters to voice their frustration and lack of confidence in the candidates.

      For instance, in Canada, they have the Rhinoceros Party. Their platform states that the candidates will not keep any of the party's promises if elected. They also have the "Fed Up" party, known as the FU.

      In Hungary, they have the Double-tailed Dog Party, the Faroe Islands have the "Funny Party", Sweden has the Donald Duck Party, Russia has the Beer Lovers Party, and so on. The US, UK and Australia each have several such parties. All of them were founded based on their dissatisfaction with the incumbent governments.

      These three people know they don't stand a chance of being elected or even of being taken seriously. They do however offer voters who have no confidence in candidates running in their district with an opportunity for the them to voice their dissatisfaction through their votes.
      • Schups (16/05/2015, 09:25) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
        Where do you live? Last elections had far more people contesting than now. Please do some research before talking nonsense.
        • Scary Mary (17/05/2015, 19:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          At Large
          NDP - Orlando Smith
          NDP - Ronnie Skelton
          NDP - Myron Walwyn
          NDP - Archibald Christian
          VIP - Irene Penn O'Neal
          VIP - Charmaine Rosen Bunbury
          VIP - Karl Dawson
          VIP - Sharie De Castro
          PEP - Alvin Christopher
          Total 9

          Candidates with as yet unknown districts from the "Coalition Group"
          Ishmael E. Brathwaite
          Khoy Smith
          Bro Abdul Shabazz
          2 others who are currently nameless
          Total 5

          District One
          NDP - Shaina Smith
          VIP - Andrew Fahie
          IND - Preston Stoutt
          Total 3

          District Two
          NDP - Mitch Turnbull
          VIP - Rajah Smith
          PEP - Elford Parsons
          Total 3

          District Three
          NDP - OJ Smith
          VIP Julian Fraser
          Total 2

          District Four
          NDP - Mark Vanterpool
          VIP - JoAnne Romney
          Total 2

          District Five
          NDP - Delores Christopher
          VIP - Zoe McMillan
          Total 2

          District Six
          NDP - Alvera Maduro-Caines
          VIP - Juggy Harrigan
          IND - Dion Jennings
          Total 3

          District Seven
          NDP - Kedrick Pickering
          VIP - Oleanvine Maynard
          Total 2

          District Eight
          NDP - Marlon Penn
          VIP - McLeod Walters
          Total 2

          District 9
          NDP - Hubert O'Neal
          VIP - Elton Sprauve
          PEP - Faye Reese-Charles
          IND - Albert Wheatley
          IND - Stepanie Faulkner-Williams
          IND - Rawle Hannibal
          Total 6

          In 2011, 43 candidates vied for position. So far in 2015, it appears there will be 39 candidates and possibly 40 if Conrad Maduro announces for his 12th bid to win a seat. Nobody has said what Natalio Wheatley intends to do. If he declares, that would make 41. So you are quite right SO FAR, and I offer my apologies. However, the list is not yet complete. In my gut, I can feel the winds of change.

          I do think there will be another couple of independent candidates announced aside from those already noted above and PEP MAY have one or two candidates to announce in the next few days.

          My guess is that (sadly) the NDP will get back in, but with fewer seats. I think there will be at least two pretty big surprises in the districts and one possible surprise for the at large candidates. There are going to be some very close races. Much closer than people think. I don't think the NDP can count on the same kind of blind support they had last time around.
  • FRIGHTENED (16/05/2015, 06:06) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    Please don't put no more rat to mind cheese
  • Concern 1 (16/05/2015, 06:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow this is so sweet so many joining the bandwagon.Some are for real and some are just distractors which will eventually change the outcome of the will sure determine the winners.You are all winners in your right.The rat race is on who go take away the cheese?
  • Voter Too (16/05/2015, 06:47) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    To think of it they should form a coalition with PEP,VIP or another and you will sure make a difference,remember UNITY is STRENGTH
  • just asking. (16/05/2015, 08:04) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is khoy going still shut down the hoe houses?
  • Local (16/05/2015, 08:46) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    let the people run, NDP will get that thousand dollars to help pay for those contracts.
  • hm (16/05/2015, 08:53) Like (26) Dislike (11) Reply
    An ndp supporter insunuated that if I don't vote for ndp that ndp won't study me when they get in. How dare they try to threaten my vote. My people let me let you know that it is our democratic right to vote for whoever we want. And whichever government gets in whether you vote for them or not...iit's still our country. The government is supposed to serve you whether you vote for them or not. Tell them stop that nonsense. Fight back. It is your legal right to vote for whomever you wish without duress.
    • Hmm (16/05/2015, 09:16) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
      That just goes to show how their mindset is and what they have been actioning. Action does speak louder than words.
  • Yes (16/05/2015, 08:57) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    All together they wont even get 6 votes.
  • scary joke (16/05/2015, 08:58) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Is this a joke or a horror movie?
  • Just looking on (16/05/2015, 09:25) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    I know these people personally and I know that they have dedicated their lives to making their home, the Virgin Islands a better place asking nothing in return. These are some of the people that help push agriculture and art here in Virgin Islands as well as community service ( and I am not talking about just writing a check). All areas that suffer from lack of support here in the Virgin Islands. They have given of their lives for years and I have been a witnesses to that. Yet all you can do is criticize and defame their character by calling them rats when we know who the real rats are.

    Look around you!

    Am I the only afraid to leave my house due to the hazards been cause by disorganized road work?

    I have already witnessed two accidents caused because there was nobody directing traffic.

    For two years I was forced to listen to my government tell me that my country was broke. For two years! Living here I had to ask myself well then where is all the money going because I did not see any reports saying that there was any decrease in our revenue streams.

    Instead I have actually noticed an increase in the revenue due to the increases port fees and just about every government fee you can think of.

    Also those said two years were also the most expensive I have ever seen my electricity bill. It was outrageous due to the high fuel charge.

    Now today I must drive at my own risk! And who do I turn to? Well nobody because there is no government with a major project going on.

    We are victims of bad leadership and are told by our leaders that they do not owe us an answer and yet we find it in our hearts to criticize the few with enough balls to try to make a real change.

    OK now go ahead. Scrutinize my words and my grammar and make sure you identify any spelling errors but be sure to note that I have told you.

    Don't be so smart that you forget to be wise.
  • Lord--O (16/05/2015, 09:37) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    These people are taking this thing too far now--Making a mockery and a joke of the people, the system, the process and themselves-- all these people are doing is giving NDP an easy victory. Govt supporters are loyal die hard supporters--others may split their votes because of friends and , or family relationships. Govt supporters will not.
  • Sigh (16/05/2015, 10:10) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    This election is just pure chios !
  • Well Sah (16/05/2015, 10:56) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    I see a man who sold all his family's land in duff bottom and free bottom and i would rather lead he to the gallows than he lead me to the slaughter.
    • Concerned (16/05/2015, 23:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Go get your facts straight buddy, have you seen who is on that land? the NDP, so called action man and his gang, you figure out how they got it! more to come soon.
  • voter (16/05/2015, 11:49) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    Let us put a party in that is for the people. Vote VIP all the way. the people of the Virgin Islands deserve leaders
    who are for the people after election and for the next four years, not those who only see fit to do things the eve of election. It is an insult to our intelligence. Do not mind the distractions. Maybe they will pay increments the end of this month thinking that will influence votes.
  • Stupes (16/05/2015, 12:41) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Really stupes
  • jokers (16/05/2015, 16:37) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
  • farmer brown (16/05/2015, 18:44) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    i do not care at this point we comes I just want to be on the train to get rid of the NDP BAM
  • Boo (16/05/2015, 20:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh lord, more deposits heading to the treasury! Count them 13 more deposits lost lol
    What they goin call this one?
  • Hmph (17/05/2015, 07:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Worried by NDP victimization. His was was forced to be sent flying under VIP.
  • Good1 (17/05/2015, 13:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Three blind mice. NEXT

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