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UPDATE: 42 nominated; record 12 women!

- 26 District candidates & 16 Territorial At Large candidates will be on the 2015 General Election ballot paper
May 22nd, 2015 | Tags: Nomination Day NDP VIP Candidates Juliette Penn
Speaking at a press conference at the Office of the Elections Supervisor moments ago, May 22, 2015 Supervisor of Elections Mrs Juliette Penn announced that 42 candidates have been nominated for the June 8, 2015 General Election. Photo: VINO
Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) about to sign his nomination forms at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) about to sign his nomination forms at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola. Photo: VINO
The leaders of the two main political parties in the Virgin Islands, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left) of the National Democratic Party and Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) of the Virgin Islands Party have already been nominated. Photo: VINO
The leaders of the two main political parties in the Virgin Islands, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left) of the National Democratic Party and Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) of the Virgin Islands Party have already been nominated. Photo: VINO
Territorial At Large candidate for the People's Empowerment Party (PEP) Hon. J. Alvin Christopher (R2) at the Rupert Briercliffe Hall today, May 22, 2015. Photo:VINO
Territorial At Large candidate for the People's Empowerment Party (PEP) Hon. J. Alvin Christopher (R2) at the Rupert Briercliffe Hall today, May 22, 2015. Photo:VINO
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Territorial At Large candidate, Dr Karl Dawson (left) and Ninth District candidate Mr Elton L. Sprauve aka 'All Out'. Photo: Team of Reporters
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Territorial At Large candidate, Dr Karl Dawson (left) and Ninth District candidate Mr Elton L. Sprauve aka 'All Out'. Photo: Team of Reporters
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) District 4 and 5 candidates respectively, JoAnn R. Romney (left) and Zoe J. Walcott-McMillan. Photo: Team of Reporters
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) District 4 and 5 candidates respectively, JoAnn R. Romney (left) and Zoe J. Walcott-McMillan. Photo: Team of Reporters
National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate for the Fourth District, the incumbent Hon Mark H. Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate for the Fourth District, the incumbent Hon Mark H. Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
Seventh District candidate under the Virgin Islands Party banner, Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard. Photo: Team of Reporters
Seventh District candidate under the Virgin Islands Party banner, Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard. Photo: Team of Reporters
Independent candidate for the Ninth District, Mr Albert O. Wheatley. Photo: Team of Reporters
Independent candidate for the Ninth District, Mr Albert O. Wheatley. Photo: Team of Reporters
Independent candidate for the Ninth District, Mrs Stephanie I. Faulkner-Williams. Photo: Team of Reporters
Independent candidate for the Ninth District, Mrs Stephanie I. Faulkner-Williams. Photo: Team of Reporters
Territorial At Large candidates Ishmael E. Brathwaite (left) and Edmund G. Maduro (right) of the People’s Progressive Coalition Movement. Photo: VINO
Territorial At Large candidates Ishmael E. Brathwaite (left) and Edmund G. Maduro (right) of the People’s Progressive Coalition Movement. Photo: VINO
Independent Territorial At Large candidate, Dancia Penn. Photo: VINO
Independent Territorial At Large candidate, Dancia Penn. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Territorial At Large candidate, Sharie B. de Castro seals her position in the electoral race. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Territorial At Large candidate, Sharie B. de Castro seals her position in the electoral race. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Territorial At Large candidate, Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Territorial At Large candidate, Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Territorial At Large candidate, Irene F. Penn-O'Neal at Nomination Day 2015. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Territorial At Large candidate, Irene F. Penn-O'Neal at Nomination Day 2015. Photo: VINO
National Democratic Party (NDP) Territorial At Large candidate Hon Myron V. Walwyn. Photo: VINO
National Democratic Party (NDP) Territorial At Large candidate Hon Myron V. Walwyn. Photo: VINO
National Democratic Party (NDP) Territorial At Large candidate Hon Archibald C. Christian. Photo: VINO
National Democratic Party (NDP) Territorial At Large candidate Hon Archibald C. Christian. Photo: VINO
People's Empowerment Party (PEP) Territorial At Large candidate, Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru. Photo: Team of Reporters
People's Empowerment Party (PEP) Territorial At Large candidate, Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru. Photo: Team of Reporters
Mr Khoy Smith, who will be contesting as an At Large candidate with the People's Progressive Coalition Movement. Photo: VINO
Mr Khoy Smith, who will be contesting as an At Large candidate with the People's Progressive Coalition Movement. Photo: VINO
Territorial At Large candidate, Dr Rawle R. Hannibal. Photo: Team of Reporters
Territorial At Large candidate, Dr Rawle R. Hannibal. Photo: Team of Reporters
Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA will become the next Premier of the Virgin Islands Party once the 'winds of change' hits the Virgin Islands as has been the case in many other Caribbean countries. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA will become the next Premier of the Virgin Islands Party once the 'winds of change' hits the Virgin Islands as has been the case in many other Caribbean countries. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – 42 candidates have been nominated for the 2015 General Election with 26 for District seats and 16 for Territorial At Large. 43 candidates were nominated for the 2011 General Election.

There have been a record 12 women nominated, with 8 for District and 4 as Territorial At Large candidates.

Some six candidates are contesting for the Ninth District seat to be vacated by Regional political icon and former Premier Hon Ralph T. O'Neal OBE.

According to Supervisor of Elections Mrs Juliette Penn, no nomination was rejected.

The nomination stations opened from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, then from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm today May 22, 2015.

The leaders of the two main political parties in the Virgin Islands, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith of the National Democratic Party and Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) of the Virgin Islands Party were among those who were nominated during the first session of the day.

Election Day in the Virgin Islands is June 8, 2015.

See previous story published May 22, 2015

‘People getting the message’- Hon Julian Fraser RA

Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Representative for the Third District Honourable Julian Fraser RA today May 22, 2015 completed his nomination process, officially landing him on the ballot for the June 8, 2015 elections and he expressed confidence in the party’s chances since people are grasping their message.

Asked how he felt following the completion of the nomination process, he said he felt relieved and he was sure that the other 12 members of his team felt the same way.

“On the campaign trail from here on end it is a different cry, a different song, they know we are on the march,” he said at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola.

Positive feedback

Hon Fraser said he believes the feedback coming from the public is positive. “On the campaign I could see our team members, growing and maturing and they are more confident in the message that they are delivering and that makes me happy,” he said.

Asked why people should choose the VIP over the incumbent National Democratic Party (NDP), Honourable Fraser said that the two parties have different philosophies altogether. “I think that we are the party of the people, the small people in particular, because once the small people are taken care of the economy will be better off because that money will be circulated back into the economy,” he said.

Honourable Fraser added the party always believed in stimulating the economy and it was only in the last three weeks that the NDP Government has been trying to get monies spent. “We know it is not sustainable and we just had to let the public know that this is just a flash in the pan,” he said.

Further, he accused the NDP Government of operating in secrecy and this is something the VIP would not be a part of. “That is not the way to run a Government and the public has been saying that all along,” he said.

According to Honourable Fraser, the level of victimisation has to stop as it is causing people undue suffering.

Honourable Fraser spoke about a possible challenge to one of the VIP’s candidates’ nomination. He said, however, that good sense prevailed and the issue has been put to rest. He said that he knows that all of his candidates satisfy the requirements for becoming nominated and contesting the upcoming polls.

It is about what I can do for the people – Irene F. Penn O’Neal

Signing up her nomination forms at the Rupert Briercliffe Hall in Road Town, Tortola, member of the VIP and At Large candidate Irene F. Penn-O’Neal was among the first to arrive at the hall earlier today.

“I am thankful this morning and grateful to God just to be alive and to be able to meet this process,” said Penn-O’Neal. “This is the official signature and now I am officially a candidate for the 2015 general elections as an At Large candidate with the Virgin Islands Party.”

She said that she is grateful to the people as it is not about her but about them and what she can to do make their lives better with better prospects for the future.

High optimism

Optimism was high among the many At large candidates and District candidates who turned up to be nominated at the various nomination stations across the territory.

This news site also caught up with Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool who did his nomination at the House of Assembly in Road Town where he said to this news site, “It’s now official. All those noise you heard me making on the rostrum, it’s now official. If it wasn’t for today I wouldn’t be running but I am happy to be running in the Fourth District. My constituents are looking forward to me serving so I am ready to serve them for another four years.”

Across at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall, the many At Large candidates expressed the same level of optimism, some of whom commented on record.

Mrs Dancia Penn said she had her required amount of nominators and the one witness. “I thought it was important to have a broad based sponsorship and broad based representation.”

She said the level of support so far has been tremendous. “I have an abiding commitment to this country. I have a long and proud record of service in the private sector and public sector, it’s a record of honesty and integrity, it is well known and I will be saying more about it as we go along. And the people know that everybody doesn’t want to acknowledge it but the record is there.”

Mrs Penn acknowledged the campaign process as being a very important one. “I will continue to advocate by going door to door as I have been doing all along and hopefully I will get my message out there. I am really optimistic about this process.”

Speaking to this news site following her completion of the nomination process, VIP At Large candidate Sharie B. de Castro said she was excited.

“Today is a very important day and it changes the course of my life no matter how this turns out,” she said.

De Castro added that she has dedicated herself to serving her country in this new capacity that she finds herself in and looks forward to championing the different causes of her party, such as youth development and education in the territory.

See previous story published May 22, 2015

It's Nomination Day in the VI!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola,VI- The nominating of candidates for the June 8, 2015 General Election in the Virgin Islands has begun at various locations across the territory and the public will this evening know exactly who will be contesting and who may have dropped out of the race.

The nomination stations opened from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, then from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm today May 22, 2015.

The leaders of the two main political parties in the Virgin Islands, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith of the National Democratic Party and Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) of the Virgin Islands Party have already been nominated.

Several At Large candidates and District candidates have also secured their spots in the race to the June 8, 2015 election which has become very interesting with the many Independent candidates as well as the large amount of female candidates who will be contesting.

Nomination Day is the day on which candidates are nominated for candidacy and the public will know who will contest the 2015 General Elections. A prospective candidate must be 21 years of age, a registered voter and a BVIslander to be eligible for nomination.

Supervisor of Elections, Mrs Juliette Penn had explained the process at the close of Nomination Day at the district level in a recent press release. “If at 4 o’clock, only one person was nominated, that one person would be declared elected for that particular district,” she said, adding, “If there were more than one person, then the returning office prepares for election in that particular district.”

Each prospective candidate has to be nominated by two registered voters in the particular district. The candidate must also be accompanied by one witness and pay the nomination fee of $500.

Ms Penn had further stated that if only four persons were nominated at the Territorial-at-Large level, then those four persons would be elected automatically, while if there were more than four persons, then the returning office will prepare for election on the territorial level.

Some 43 candidates were nominated for the 2011 General Election.

37 Responses to “UPDATE: 42 nominated; record 12 women!”

  • 123 (22/05/2015, 14:39) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    and they are all in the gate yall
  • dem say (22/05/2015, 14:42) Like (7) Dislike (19) Reply
    wHAT THAT BREEDING MACHINE DOING THERE!
  • MHL (22/05/2015, 14:52) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
    All the best to the candidates. Pls dont think I am bias..or maybe you should but my leap for joy when I saw Dancia Penn. My advice to you Ms Penn, pls do not fade away if you are not successful. This Territory need people like you.
  • voter (22/05/2015, 15:24) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    I see a couple deposits that will be retained by the Treasury
  • ooooo (22/05/2015, 15:24) Like (19) Dislike (43) Reply
    the VIP horses in the gate...FORWARD!
  • Wellsah! (22/05/2015, 15:38) Like (0) Dislike (12) Reply
    well sah the whore houses and rum shops wont be safe if HE gets in.....my poor people.
  • ta ta (22/05/2015, 16:25) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    The change is coming....
  • facts man (22/05/2015, 17:00) Like (14) Dislike (22) Reply
    A vote for the ndp is a vote for the uk to take over....
    • Looking on (23/05/2015, 09:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Facts man,

      The UK don't have time to waste to listen to people like you. The UK will not come here becuz stupid people with stupid comments and minds they will say what you sew is what you reap and bear it for another 4 years. The UK people is not stupid as you think.
  • kk (22/05/2015, 18:21) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    Best of luck to you all---Only thirteen can win...Don`t take it personal. I just need a new minister for health and one for labour--not personal--just think we need a change in those two ministries
    • voter (22/05/2015, 18:59) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
      Once Ronnie promise to kick the Bishop and his thugs at the BVIHSA to the curb and re-look at NHI he good.
      • Hmm (22/05/2015, 19:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        It can be promised now yes, but is that not a comfort to a fool? He done say what happening.
      • voter one (23/05/2015, 09:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Voter---I agree 1000 % I have been saying that for the past 2 years--change the board or dis mantle it-- then put a Czar or administrator to run it attached to the Ministry--Now he built a monster-- this monster is tearing his house down--Ronnie seems to be loyal to the board so for that reason--I support a change.
  • MTN (22/05/2015, 18:49) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    OLIVINE---YOU LOOKING EXECUTIVISH--YOU READY FOR THE HOUSE---YOU ARE A GOOD WOMAN--I KNOW THAT--JUST LOOKING AT YOU--ITS VERY OBVIOUS--YOU LOOK SWEET--LIKE AN ANGEL---YOU READY--I AM PROUD OF YOU
  • Hmm (22/05/2015, 19:24) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    I feel in Election Day, the people of the nine district will have a hard decision.
  • Scary Mary (22/05/2015, 21:16) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Based on the slate of candidates, and having carefully listened to what people say about each of the candidates, I predict the NDP will win control of government with a total of 7 seats. VIP will garner 4 seats, PEP 1 seat (though not the person most might think) and there will be 1 independent elected.

    One very surprised senior member of the NDP will lose his seat and one long standing member of the opposition will find himself out in the cold as well.

    It's not what I wish for & I still hold out hope that I will be proven wrong, but at least the opposition will be stronger than it has been for the past 3 and a half years.

    I can only hope that the voters will prove me wrong. I am basing this prediction on what I have calculated based on my own personal observations and gut feelings. Please prove me wrong!
    • VG Realist (22/05/2015, 23:14) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
      Scary Mary, I hope and pray that the NDP does not win reelection. We can't afford another 4 years so I hope the voters prove you wrong.
      • Scary Mary (23/05/2015, 10:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        So do I! But I went through all the candidates, district by district - and this is what I honestly feel is going to happen. Unless there is a MAJOR upset with the at large candidates, I don't honestly see any other result. I truly hope I am wrong.
        • VG Realist (23/05/2015, 13:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          There is a lot of suffering in this small place and not much people are going to talk due to the victimization. My family and myself can't afford another four years of such piss. NDP need to go and fast!
  • Security (22/05/2015, 21:26) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whoever win, please put some emphasis on the security of this country and specifically ports of entry. REMEMBER THE POLICE, CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATION PERSONNEL FOR A START!!!
  • wize up (23/05/2015, 04:56) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just question: why only ever 4 years folk have such love and conerns for the territory: once in office you will not see them in the village ( to busy)..... This political thing is just pure hype
  • what a thing (23/05/2015, 08:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    ever candidate getting friendly because they want your x. those who never used to say hello or hi saying it now because they dont know who is who but come June 9th you wonder if thats the same person.
  • Scarey paul (23/05/2015, 09:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Scary Mary---base on you scenario--NDP will lose the GOVT. Though they have majority of the seat--I think either Alvera or Delores would cross to get a ministry--and either one should. its their only chance to get a ministry to run.
    • Scary Mary (23/05/2015, 10:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Scarey paul,

      In the event that either Ms. Caines-Maduro or Ms. Christopher were to cross the floor, you are assuming the PEP and independent candidate would also cross the floor to join forces with the VIP. I honestly don't see that happening. One of them might but not the other. At least I think it is highly doubtful ... unless of course the VIP leader were to step aside as leader, and I REALLY can't see that happening anytime soon.
  • Use Wisdom (23/05/2015, 13:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This Elections, use wisdom when voting. Some very important issues - human rights, children rights, domestic violence (male and female), abuse against children, truly caring for the elderly, financial empowerment, education from early childhood to adult, making it mandatory for foreign companies/investors and businesses to provide avenues for training, supervisory roles and succession planning and last, but not least, these sane entities being more socially responsible within the communites they operate.
    http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/update-42-nominated-record-12-women
  • Just observing (24/05/2015, 10:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am looking for candidates who will seriously deal with labour issues in both the private and public sectors. Also the promotion and ownership of small businesses especially for Government employees. What is the holdup ? Restrictions and red tape should not be placed on anyone who wants to contribute to the economy. 42 candidates, address these issues please.


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