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Rajah A. Smith declared as Independent At-Large Candidate!

-Lambasted Premier Smith as weakest leader in VI history; Dr Pickering as the worst Minister
Mr Rajah A. Smith who left the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) after running on their slate in 2015 in District 2, is running again. Photo: VINO/File
Mr. Smith Lambasted Primer Smith as the weakest leader in VI history; Dr Pickering as the worst Minister. Photo: GIS
Mr. Smith Lambasted Primer Smith as the weakest leader in VI history; Dr Pickering as the worst Minister. Photo: GIS
Mr Smith, an Indigenous Virgin Islander will be contesting the 2019 General Elections, as an Independent Candidate At-Large. In 2015, he was part of a three-man race for D2 where he only secured 25 votes as the VIP candidate. Photo: Team of Reporters
Mr Smith, an Indigenous Virgin Islander will be contesting the 2019 General Elections, as an Independent Candidate At-Large. In 2015, he was part of a three-man race for D2 where he only secured 25 votes as the VIP candidate. Photo: Team of Reporters
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Mr Rajah A. Smith who left the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) after running on their 2015 slate in District 2, is running again.

This time, Mr Smith, an Indigenous Virgin Islander will be contesting the 2019 General Elections, as an Independent Candidate At-Large. In 2015, he was part of a three-man race for D2 where he only secured 25 votes as the VIP candidate.

Second time in the race

The winner was the National Democratic Party’s (NDP) Hon. Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) aka ‘Mitch’ receiving some 600 votes.  The other candidate in the race was Elford W. Parsons who obtained 290 votes and ran with the now defunct, People’s Empowerment Party (PEP).

Mr Smith, a Businessman—in a social media video released on Sunday, January 6, 2019—said that Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) is, “The weakest Leader in the Virgin Islands (VI) history”.

The young political aspirant also stated that in the mind of many, Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr the Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), “is the worse Minister in the history of the VI.”

NDP eroded VI Culture - Smith

Mr Smith noted that the NDP has “eroded the way of life of our people” and that “this administration has abandoned fishing and farming.”

He condemned the educated class, the Lawyers and Doctors and said, “they have not done anything for the country and that he was running because he is a “common man.”

Mr Smith in his declaration speech, promised to pass legislation to protect Virgin Islanders and Belongers, improve farming and get a Labour Department that works.

He claimed that “it’s time to put Virgin Islanders first” and declared that we have “nothing to lose by voting for Rajah A. Smith.”

Why not the PU?

Mr Smith has been the first independent candidate to announce his bid for the 2019 Elections, however, many social commentators are asking, why he has not joined the party of his longtime mentor, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), the founder and Chairman of Progressives United (PU).

When asked that question by our news desk, Mr Smith declined to comment. There are now five political parties contesting the 2019 General Elections that must be held by April 16, 2019.

These are, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) headed by Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), National Democratic Party (NDP) headed by Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), an NDP breakaway group Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) headed by Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), Progressives United (PU) headed by Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) and the new Reform Action Alliance (RAA), with their leader unknown.

Please see full video clip at bottom

18 Responses to “Rajah A. Smith declared as Independent At-Large Candidate! ”

  • voter (07/01/2019, 09:25) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Really
  • wize up (07/01/2019, 10:09) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    some day soon!!!!
  • LOL (07/01/2019, 10:37) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
    DOA
  • ... (07/01/2019, 10:45) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    I wish you all the best
  • Want2Kno (07/01/2019, 11:46) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    vino I hope this is fake news
  • The Hooded Claw (07/01/2019, 11:46) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Did Rajah really say 13 man and woman? Somebody save me!
    • VI2DBONE (07/01/2019, 15:18) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
      At least he sounded authentic and I think alot of others lack authenticity. I am willing to give this young man a chance, what do I have to lose ?
  • Double (07/01/2019, 12:33) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good video Roger, I like your presentation. Be ready for the debate and speak out for our rights.
  • Ayo (07/01/2019, 12:44) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    can't see this is a Myrun tactic. But it make no sense.
  • Gloria A. Fahie (07/01/2019, 12:44) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    We are in your corner Rajah. You can do this. Don't mind the noise.
    • Hmmm (08/01/2019, 11:45) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thats what you guys told him last election and didnt vote for him. 25 votes between JVD and Tortola? I would mind the noise Rajah!
  • GO..... (07/01/2019, 14:53) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    that Tell it on the mountain Rajah. We got you. I have five in my housewhole that means twenty votes. Up until now, we know where our votes are going. A Government without Rajah, is a Government to make laws to Disenfranchise Virgin Islanders. Look at the Heads at: BVIHSA, Ports, Prison, Tech School, Necker, Mosquito, Oil Nut Bay, Scrub, Must I go on? So everybody in BVI soo DUMB? Then when you shopping at the stores, supermarkets, restaurants all you hearing is: Wong Ching like you in Bejing, China. They are all a bunch of sell outs. Rajah is the only one with the Gonads to pull a Charrandass Persaud on them when they messing up. Go for it Rajah....God is watching. The stone that the Builders refused, shall become the top corner stone. Go Rajah... We got you covered.
  • ??? (07/01/2019, 16:29) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Pico more so lives in his own world rather than being the worst ever Minister.
    At some stage, Smith will be seen as a great leader.
    Yes there were failures, but all Chief Ministers and Premiers had them, even the great HLS.

    Did Rajah forget that he was the worst performing candidate ever, on a major party ticket?
    • JVD (07/01/2019, 18:39) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Roggah was only a decoy last election, the vip was supporting Elford, even Andrew came Jvd with roggah and told us support Elford.
      • @ JVD (08/01/2019, 12:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        so it means he likes to be in thing and never should be taken serious
  • Filipino scam artists (07/01/2019, 23:01) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Which politician will speak about the filipino workers who keep scamming locals into paying for their $3000+ tickets to bring them here then as they tell each other on arrival, work one year then begin to Work sloppily in an effort to get fired and complain or just resign after one year and switch employers. It is one of the worst injustices that labour and immigration allowing to BVISLANDERS by supporting the flipping and flopping of those con filipina women. Immigration is too slack and so is labour. Filipinas are different from caribbean nationals because the get degrees in their country which are absolutely useless to them since $200 a month is considered a great phillipines salary,so they get housekeeping and childcare certifications and must work in other countries to survive. More than 70% of the Philippine population works abroad. If they apply in Hong Kong and other countries to be houskeepers that is that the better be satisfied with their $400 a month salary. Only in the BVI they come under false pretenses then find themselves in white collar jobs one year after conning employers to bring them in. Wow a labour department that cares nothing about fraud of employees and injustices to employers. EVERY local domestic employer can testify to this, why you think so many of them here and bringing the whole nine, they like the Bvi free for all. Don't talk about relationship interference EMPLOYERS OF FILIPINOS IN BVI BE WARNED they always want more. Yes there might be the little exception But those employers found the exception after several hit and misses.

    Politicians it is time for a separate labour code to address domestic workers only like the UK has. The amount of stealing,breakage, and taking advantage of that local employers of domestic workers face is dumbfounding.

    So Mr Rajah and other newbie politicians you want a Platform then address the immigration and labour department slackness
  • Almena (11/01/2019, 06:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not my vote ! This Man is just talk an talk alone, not my vote.


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