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No recounts in D2 & D6; VIP accepts loss

In District 2, it was a two-man race between the PVIM’s, Melvin M. Turnbull aka ‘Mitch’ who received 550 votes against the VIP’s Carnel D. Clyne with 465 votes, an 85 vote difference. Mr Clyne’s committee had requested a recount, however, senior sources within the VIP said that the request has been withdrawn and the results accept. Photo: Facebook/File
In District 6, it was also a two-person race between John M. Samuel of the VIP who came in with 534 votes against Alvera Maduro-Caines (NDP 1) 575 votes. Photo: VINO/File/GIS
In District 6, it was also a two-person race between John M. Samuel of the VIP who came in with 534 votes against Alvera Maduro-Caines (NDP 1) 575 votes. Photo: VINO/File/GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Word was circulating that following the 2019 election results and the defeat of two Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidates in Districts 2 and 6, they had requested and were pursuing recounts.

VIP win

The Territory’s General Election was held on February 25, 2019, where the now ruling VIP defeated the National Democratic  Party (NDP1) 8 seats to 3, with two other smaller parties—The Progressives United (PU) and the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM-NDP2)—each gaining one seat in the 13 Member House of Assembly (HoA).

A week later, the NDP 1’s Mark H. Vanterpool resigned abruptly from politics, forcing the country—in particular District 4—into having a by-election.

No recount in D2

In District 2, it was a two-man race between the PVIM’s, Melvin M. Turnbull aka ‘Mitch’ who received 550 votes against the VIP’s Carnel D. Clyne with 465 votes, an 85 vote difference. Mr Clyne’s committee had requested a recount, however, senior sources within the VIP said that the request has been withdrawn and the results accept. 

Mr Turnbull on his second term [2015-current] will be sworn in on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, as an Opposition Legislator.

D6 reamins Maduro-Caines

In District 6, it was also a two-person race between John M. Samuel of the VIP who came in with 534 votes against Alvera Maduro-Caines (NDP 1) 575 votes.

Mr Samuel was beaten by a mere 41 votes and had also pursued a recount, however, last week the request was withdrawn and Mrs Maduro-Caines will be sworn in for her third consecutive term [2011-current] come Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Our news Centre was reliably informed that both VIP candidates and the party have accepted the results and have moved on.

5 Responses to “No recounts in D2 & D6; VIP accepts loss ”

  • 1 (10/03/2019, 11:27) Like (20) Dislike (11) Reply
    time to move on but we coming for them in 2023
  • Politico Nuevo (10/03/2019, 12:19) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Carnel Cline and John Samuel had good runs in D-2 and D-6. However, if they do as other losing candidates do and go in hibernation until days before the next election it would have been for nought. They lost by 85 and 41 votes, respectively; they need to build on that momentum. The Feb 25 election was about change. The electorate voted overwhelmingly to replace the NDP with the VIP. Before the NDP split it controlled 11 of the 13 seats; after the split it controlled 7 seats, PU 1 seat, PVIM 3 seat, VIP 1 seat and 1 seat was vacant. In the election, VIP captured 8 seats (4 districts, all 4 at large), PVIM 1 seat, PU 1 seat and NDP 3 seats. However, the 3 seats captured by the incumbent NDP were won by relatively slim margins. The take away is that the electorate was disenchanted with the NDP.

    The People wanted change and give the VIP a mandate to lead that change. The task ahead is formidable and the hand dealt must be played well. The currency given to the VIP is the support of the people and it must be invested wisely and effectively. The Hon Premier and his supporting team has a Damocles sword hanging over its head so it has to do the right things or the people will be advocating for more change.
  • wize up (10/03/2019, 17:51) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    horse races have been won by a nose and the jockey walked away with the purse: all 13 sorry 12 of them were voted into political office by the people: the current administration(all 13)must work valiantly togather because our country is at a serious crossroad and no time for political party bull-$h!t....live the political party jive for the next 4 years(serious work have to be done and all hands on deck(VIP, NDP, PU & PVIM) and have some dam respect from the people of the Virgin Islands..our tax money is not for your private projects(one love!!!)
  • SMH (11/03/2019, 05:34) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    Yes we moving on, John is still our guy for the entire 6th District and not for partial communities.


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