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Promise of land captured the youth votes- Dr Hubert O’Neal

- also said he exposed the ‘weaknesses’ of VIP Ninth District candidate to win support
Newly elected Ninth District Representative Dr Hubert O'Neal has expressed relief after finally winning the Ninth District seat after five attempts. Photo: VINO
Dr Hubert O'Neal is congratulated by fellow National Democratic Party member Shaina M. Smith who contested unsuccessfully in the First District. Photo: VINO
Dr Hubert O'Neal is congratulated by fellow National Democratic Party member Shaina M. Smith who contested unsuccessfully in the First District. Photo: VINO
Some of the winning NDP candidates. From Left: Dr Hubert O'Neal, Dr D. Orlando Smith, Archibald C. Christian, Ronnie W. Skelton and Mark H. Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
Some of the winning NDP candidates. From Left: Dr Hubert O'Neal, Dr D. Orlando Smith, Archibald C. Christian, Ronnie W. Skelton and Mark H. Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – "If I had lost for a fifth time I would have gone down in history with a dubious record that any politician wouldn't want to have," were the words of relief by newly elected Ninth District Representative Hubert O’Neal earlier today, June 9, 2015.

After coming up short in four elections, sometimes by the lightest of margins, Dr O’Neal grabbed the elusive victory with 669 votes compared to 389 by the closest challenger and Virgin Islands Party candidate Elton L. Sprauve aka All Out.

In an impromptu victory interview with members of the media at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall this morning, Dr O’Neal stated that his victory was timely and a relief for him after losing so many times to retired legislator and former Premier, Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, who’s exit he said paved the way also for his win in the Ninth Electoral District.

Dr O’Neal believes strongly, however, that he was able to garner a lot of youth votes who gravitated to the promise of land to build their own homes.

He explained that when the National Democratic Party went out and issued land titles in North Sound, Virgin Gorda, it caused the young people to gravitate to the NDP.

"If you listen to any young person in Virgin Gorda or Anegada their first thought really is to get their own homes to raise their families and I hope I can be that catalyst to get them owning their own homes".

The newly elected representative said the land title distribution project will continue, along with financial aid for the building of first homes.  

The new face in the House of Assembly also said his continual support will be towards the young people who he labelled as his biggest supporters.

Apart from that, Hon O’Neal said he was able to subtly expose the “flaws” of his opponent (Elton L. Sprauve), which he said caused the people of the district to compare characters, hence determining who was the most suitable to represent them.

It was during his brief remarks at the NDP's final tent rally on Saturday June 6, 2015, that Dr O’Neal made an emotional appeal to voters. "My people of the Ninth District, please don't break my heart again," Dr O’Neal had stated.

Splitting of votes in D9 favoured Dr Hubert O’Neal?

Meanwhile, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, who retained his Territorial At Large seat and is expected to remain as Premier of the Virgin Islands, was elated about Dr O’Neal’s win but said he was always confident the NDP candidate would win the Ninth District, especially since many others had joined the race and would have caused a splitting of votes in favour of Dr O’Neal.

He pointed out that Dr O’Neal had received about the same amount of votes he usually get, which was indicative that there was vote splitting.

It should be noted, however, that even if the votes for the other Ninth District candidates had gone to Mr Sprauve he would have still come up short by 117 votes.

Dr O’Neal will join Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull of the Second District as the two new faces in the House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands.

34 Responses to “Promise of land captured the youth votes- Dr Hubert O’Neal ”

  • me (09/06/2015, 15:32) Like (54) Dislike (37) Reply
    Of all of the Candidate of NDP I am so happy for Dr. Oneal. This shows never give up on your dreams there might be many speed bumps in the way but Dr. Oneal never give up and kept the fight. God is great good things come to those who wait. So happy for you and congrats. This is a living example of never give up on your dreams.
    • Florence (09/06/2015, 15:53) Like (258) Dislike (65) Reply

       did not win the election....There is no way under normal circumstances he won. Our people sold out for $$$$$$$.

      • voter (09/06/2015, 20:17) Like (19) Dislike (30) Reply
        Sorry dude 669 vs 389 means he won! Even when you add up all of his opponents votes he still wins
      • A listening man (09/06/2015, 23:18) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
        Congrats Dr. Oneal--I was rooting for you--because I wanted a change in the Minister of health. I hope you get the job, you will listen to the people and this board wont pull tricks and game with you--85% of the people are complaining about the cost in medical care at our local government hospital--no one is listening. I know you will.---Sprauve had too much friends, nothing but jealousy, bad mind and back stabbing- that`s friends
      • Hmm (10/06/2015, 08:39) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
        BIG $$$$$$$$$$$ sad to say A LAST MINUET DEAL!!!!!!
  • Yes (09/06/2015, 15:39) Like (19) Dislike (22) Reply
    Finally vg is oneal country
  • sally (09/06/2015, 15:55) Like (39) Dislike (38) Reply
    Doc you lost in reality
  • shaw (09/06/2015, 17:17) Like (25) Dislike (13) Reply
    with the promise of land for houses comes master and urban planning -- electricity, sewage, engineering, design and architecture etc. If he is unprepared to make sure there is a plan and enforce it, he could create a slum atmosphere or poorly planned new settlements that we all have to live with for the rest of our lives. Saying one thing is not the whole thing. He is also the perfect "yes" man for NDP. This is why multiple candidates have to have another way of getting on the ballot. There should be a primary and the top three should go to final vote for a better representation.
  • sally (09/06/2015, 18:05) Like (37) Dislike (13) Reply
    This not struggling but deception, witch craft and corruption.
    • @Sally (09/06/2015, 21:52) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      All of this will be exposed one day. I hope it doesn't take a flood to do so.
  • indeed (09/06/2015, 19:36) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    A promise is just that. You can't borrow on it. And, then you have to build on the land, notwithstanding infrastructure issues. The Tortola model of a family unit on top of two apartments has not been very successful. Before long there will be too many apartments, so rents will go down, making it difficult to pay mortgages for quite high construction costs. Then what?
    • shaw (09/06/2015, 23:06) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      that was part of my point too. The idea sounds good but it has to be managed well or more problems arise.
  • 3 and a half (09/06/2015, 19:38) Like (23) Dislike (23) Reply
    he will be a one termer
    • Hmmm (09/06/2015, 22:07) Like (6) Dislike (21) Reply
      YUP!!!.....juuust like archie.....lololol, I know da burning you! hope it erodes you from the inside out!!!
  • Observer (09/06/2015, 21:48) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Making promises is one thing and actual delivery is another. Hope you can deliver on your promises or else you will eat dust nest time around.
  • so happy (09/06/2015, 23:21) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    Dr. Oneal our new Minister of health--Send the Minister and the Chair man home
  • elegal (10/06/2015, 01:08) Like (15) Dislike (8) Reply
    VG had the lowest voter turnout of 56%. i guess vip supporters don't want frazer or all out.
    • lying elegal (10/06/2015, 09:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where did you get your information from??? District 9 had the highest voters turnout at 82%
      1,600+ registered voters and 1,300+ came out and cast their votes. Of that 1,300+ there were only 99 from Anegada.
      So again I dont know where you got your figures from. That 56% voter turnout you talking about was in District 4. Pay more attention next time around.
    • Figures (10/06/2015, 10:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      BVI Platinum reports 1,221 votes counted for District 9. As I understand it, there were some 1,100 voters registered in The Valley, and another 300 in North Sound, plus about 150 in Anegada, for a total of 1,671. Thus, District 9 had something like a 73% voter turn out. A 56% turn out of 1,221 votes would mean something like 2,180 registered voters in District 9.
  • Really (10/06/2015, 06:18) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Get the land and then what building a home in this country is so costly and the payback to the bank is so high. How are these youths suppose to pay the bank on the current salaries being made.
  • qqqqndp (10/06/2015, 08:20) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    the bvi people sold out for dollars
  • Outsider (10/06/2015, 09:10) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I do like the idea of providing lands for young people to build their own homes and I pray that government will follow through with this promise. Additionally, as an incentive the government should consider providing tax free concessions on building material for first time home builders. The taxes lost would be recouped once persons begin construction generating new taxable economic activity in the country.
  • SKVG Massive (10/06/2015, 11:04) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    God answers prayers, sometime we just need patience and the doc demonstrated a great amount! May he serve VG and by extension the BVI well! Spend quality time with your district residents, get to know us, our conditions and needs and fight for us and you will be there until the Good Lord decides.
  • Truth (10/06/2015, 15:16) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    He only get in cause Ralphie step down and all his votes was because everyone went red thanks to Walwyn and Fraser lol lol He should know from the past 4 Elections the 9th don't really want him, he is just there because of the situation, he would have never win that on his own, he know that he and Archie is lucky stragglers lol lol welcome to the HOA, Hope your do your best and bring great progress
  • @Truth (10/06/2015, 15:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get rid of that Ugly in your wont do you any good in society.
  • Vg woman (12/06/2015, 15:37) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    What yall don't get... is very simple... (It is the nature of the BVI People, in VG and in Tola)

    It is not as hard as it may seem: There are 21 people in the room and 5 people talking very loudly and complaining and making the most noise while the other 16 are quiet, but the 5 think they have influenced are spoken for all of the 21. This is not so each person has an opinion. ALL 21 ... and even thought they remain quiet t.... Their opinion gave way at the ballot box!

    The people spoke... So take that in ya pipe and smoke it!
  • People (12/06/2015, 17:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please stop it for God sake its time for healing. All these negative comments election is over time to move on Dr Hubert is obligated to serve all the people. Congratulate the good brother and move on don't get ulserated stomach. Its not worth it.
  • Yes (12/06/2015, 19:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This looser sound so bad saying the people fell for promise of land look what my people vote for sick man
  • voter (12/06/2015, 21:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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