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Troy E. Christopher In! Louis Potter Out! as NDP Chairman

- Michael A. Turnbull is the new Deputy Chairman of the Party
Businessman and son of Fifth District Representative Hon Delores Christopher (R5), Mr Troy E. Christopher, left, is the new Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP), replacing Mr Louis Potter, right, who held the post for the past six years. Photo: VINO/File
Michael A. Turnbull Phd, left, is the new Deputy Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP). Former Virgin Islands Festival & Fairs Committee Chairwomen Kishma A. Baronville, centre, was nominated for Chairperson but came up short with votes. Ms Bernadette Brathwaite, left, was nominated for Deputy Chairman but came up short with votes when compared to Mr Turnbull’s. Photo: VINO/File/Team of Reporters
Michael A. Turnbull Phd, left, is the new Deputy Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP). Former Virgin Islands Festival & Fairs Committee Chairwomen Kishma A. Baronville, centre, was nominated for Chairperson but came up short with votes. Ms Bernadette Brathwaite, left, was nominated for Deputy Chairman but came up short with votes when compared to Mr Turnbull’s. Photo: VINO/File/Team of Reporters
The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) held its elections last evening, Tuesday February 6, 2018 where a new Chairman and Deputy Chairman were elected. Photo: Facebook
The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) held its elections last evening, Tuesday February 6, 2018 where a new Chairman and Deputy Chairman were elected. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Just as was first and accurately reported by our newsroom last week, the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), led by 73 year old Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), held its elections last evening, Tuesday February 6, 2018 to fill the post of party chairman and other officers.

The post of President of the party founded in 1998 is held by Dr Smith and was not on the table for elections.

The NDP meeting was held at The Moorings on Wickham's Cay II, Tortola, and attracted a full house of about 90 plus members, as they were excited about having an internal election since one was not held in years, according to one of the founders who spoke to our newsroom this morning.

Louis Potter, the outgoing Chairman who was at the helm for over six years and who enjoyed the support of Premier Smith, was not nominated from the floor to continue.

All in the family

Troy E. Christopher, the son of Honourable Delores Christopher (R5) who has shown her independence on public policy and who is always willing to buck the party, was nominated for the post of Chairman.

In addition, the former Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) Chairwoman, Kishma A. Baronville, was also nominated for the post of Chairperson. Mr Christopher had a land slide victory, with some 77 votes to Ms Baronville's 20 votes. It is reported that Ms Baronville had the backing of the Hons Smith, Vanterpool and Walwyn crowd. Some have claimed that the three elected Members have helped put both the party and country backwards.

Next up was elections for Deputy Chairman and there were two nominations from the floor- that of Michael A. Turnbull Phd, the brother of current Second District Representative, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull and Bernadette Brathwaite. When the vote was counted, Mr Turnbull had 86 votes to Ms Brathwaite's 10.

When is election for President?

It is unclear when the party will deal with the post of President held by Premier Smith. It is our newsroom's understanding that most in the party are not pleased with his leadership; however, there will be a nasty flight to replace him.

At the NDP election meeting last evening, all elected members were present except both Junior Ministers Hons Marlon A. Penn (R8) and Archibald C. Christian (AL) and Deputy Premier Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7).

The next general election in the Virgin Islands is constitutionally due by the first quarter of 2019 and is expected to be another showdown between the NDP and the Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) headed by Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), the Chairman of the VIP.

See link to related article:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/vote-for-ndp-chairman-other-officers-rescheduled-to-february-6-2018

36 Responses to “Troy E. Christopher In! Louis Potter Out! as NDP Chairman”

  • .... (07/02/2018, 12:48) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thing to talk
  • Wake up Jack (07/02/2018, 12:55) Like (29) Dislike (9) Reply
    Ndp Party dead. Family thing you see. Nothing new to offer. Dead dead dead....dead!!!!
    • jokes (07/02/2018, 13:42) Like (9) Dislike (42) Reply
      There was an election, young blood will take the party forward. Let's see what the others have to offer! NDP is STILL the best hope for the BVI!
      • Strupes (07/02/2018, 14:07) Like (34) Dislike (9) Reply
        This kind of mentality is why we are stuck in the place where we are now. I can't believe people are still making the following statements "NDP is STILL the best hope for the BVI!" How?????? There is no hope with NDP! None! They might be the only options on the table right now but best hope? #bullshit
        • @strupes (07/02/2018, 14:36) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
          If there aren't any other options on the table what's the argument about?
        • question (07/02/2018, 23:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          To strupes .. who is the best hope? Who will take the VI foward ?
      • To jokes (07/02/2018, 14:52) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply

        Please...the NDP is the best way to a bad future. Most of us will take our chances with the VIP president Dr. Swonde Wheatley any day over this joker that thinks he knows everything and is so disrespectful.

  • Diplomat (07/02/2018, 12:57) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Louis “Bouy” Potter, you had a good run. Everything has a season and your season is up in regards to leading the NDP. It is time for millennials to get wings; let them fly. There are other areas you can contribute in. Bon voyage olde boy!
  • voter (07/02/2018, 13:05) Like (38) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ha ha this will not help them we want them gone
  • patsylady (07/02/2018, 13:11) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Congrats from the bottom of my heart. I am sooo proud of you
  • Hmmm (07/02/2018, 13:13) Like (39) Dislike (4) Reply
    Turnbull is okay but Troy is damaged goods
  • Clearly (07/02/2018, 13:16) Like (44) Dislike (2) Reply
    This move makes no difference. They are corrupt. They can't be trusted with money. They can't be trusted at ALL. The NDP must go.
  • no difference (07/02/2018, 13:17) Like (40) Dislike (3) Reply
    An old time quiet dead replaced with a modern loud mouth dead.
    • Street Reporter. Back bench take over (07/02/2018, 15:14) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Back benchers got the most power in the country collectively. They need to exercise it.. Thats the change we need. Join with the opposition and make the change.. Fahie Premier, Tourism and Education ...Marlon Deputy, Works, trade and Finance.. Frazer Labour, enviroment and communication. . Mitch Health and social development... Alvera, Culture, Agriculture and Youth affairs.....Archie Continued as Junior Tourism Minister.. Delores as junior minister of Trade and works... . New government.. Easy. Great. A new direction. This the best immediate best option...
  • wize up (07/02/2018, 14:13) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    JTV & NDP same thing:
  • Okay now (07/02/2018, 14:28) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply

    ........is a natural fit with the rest of the elected ndp. Just like them he thinks anyone who doesn't agree with him are stupid. Just like them he is vindictive to anyone who opposes him. Just like them he thinks that he knows it all.

  • the end (07/02/2018, 14:30) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Once he handles this NDP post the same way he handles JTV and everything else he touches then we can count on the NDP being more dead than before.
  • BVI people (07/02/2018, 14:31) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    This guy is not a good choice. He is conceited and believes that he alone has all the answers.
  • LOL (07/02/2018, 14:33) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another NDP to keep from the money.
  • MY OPINION (07/02/2018, 14:34) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    The end of the ndp has come. Farewell.
  • wow (07/02/2018, 14:35) Like (7) Dislike (15) Reply
    Andrew them in trouble, the young people taking this thing over, good to see that. These are two decent young men so I can see NDP coming even harder.
    • To WOW (07/02/2018, 23:02) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Troy older than Andrew and Showande so what's the point? Also this thing about young people taking over is a wrong and dangerous mentality to have. You always need a balance of young and old.
  • Truth (07/02/2018, 14:39) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    He and sowanda is much the same talk talkaline talk no action
  • Lord o (07/02/2018, 15:03) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Which of these people can tell Ronnie, Kendrick,, Myron and Mark what to do... Chair this and chair that is the least of our problems.. We are on a sinking ship. These chair this and that are irrelevant passengers. The Ministers sinking the ship and they are the first ones the rescueous coming to save..Do the maths..
  • Vinny (07/02/2018, 15:58) Like (2) Dislike (16) Reply
    VIP scared now because NDP is organized and almost ready for election, they still have 12 candidates to find so now they on every site blogging craziness trying to discredit the new chairman and deputy. I was starting to doubt the NDP but I'm glad to see they are now getting organized and letting the young people lead the way.
    • virgin gorda (07/02/2018, 18:02) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
      with Orlando and Lorna still in the drivers seat the NDP next election is dead on Arrival
      • vip ndp ppa pep up (07/02/2018, 21:40) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        The present political system is antiquated and only serves the rich and powerful. Until we go to a multi party system and reform the campaign finance system we will continue to have these minority governments
      • pat (07/02/2018, 23:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        with Lorna... is right.
  • long look (07/02/2018, 21:17) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    Ignoring the Smiths. Finally, a tiny hint of common sense in my NDP.
  • had it (07/02/2018, 21:33) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    No wonder the national democratic party is in trouble. They not only lack any backbone to stand up for anything that is significant, they are also the WORST negotiators for the benefit of their constituents. I would not be at all surprised that they make minimal gains, if any, and get wip out in the 2019 elections. They are the party of DUH.
  • The real Boo (07/02/2018, 21:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP gone through
  • We eye pea (07/02/2018, 22:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What the NDP need is a referee to stop the infighting...LOL
  • big question (07/02/2018, 22:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Will the VIP or any other party be given any air time on NDPJTV ????
  • jurassic park (07/02/2018, 22:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The dinosaurs gone
  • Blind Man (07/02/2018, 22:38) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Will he now see that his mom needs replacing?
  • Change is essential (08/02/2018, 09:01) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Changing from old to new or young is sometimes essential and the old can not be entirely ruled out . Use them as advisors or they themselves can make themselves available to continued the progressional process


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