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UPDATE - 653 turned out for Advance Polling

- Governor satisfied with election process so far
November 5th, 2011 | Tags: Governor BVI Election 2011 polls advance polling
Governor Boyd McCleary and his Deputy Inez Archibald check on the voting process at the HOA building in Road Town. Photo: Reuben Stoby/VINO
4th District candidate Mark Vanterpool had some concerns at the polling station in Road Town. Photo: VINO
4th District candidate Mark Vanterpool had some concerns at the polling station in Road Town. Photo: VINO
Election observers from the UK speak to a resident (centre) at the Road Town polling station.
Election observers from the UK speak to a resident (centre) at the Road Town polling station.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A release from the Government Information Service revealed that 653 voters turned out to vote yesterday Friday November 4, 2011.


Meanwhile, Governor Boyd McCleary told Virgin Islands News Online following his visit yesterday at the polling centre at the House of Assembly building that he was just visiting a small selection of polling stations to get a sense of how things are going.

“It seems to be going very smoothly and very well. There are a number of elderly and infirmed who are here because they can’t vote on polling day itself and they seem to be comfortable. They have been well looked after, they’ve got seats and they are waiting and it seems to be very orderly...they seem to know how the process is functioning so everybody seems contented so far, which is great.”

A number of candidates were also seen at the various polling stations and among those spotted at the centre in the 4th District were At Large candidates Eileen Barronville, Zoe Walcott-McMillan, 4th District candidate on the National Democratic Party (NDP) slate Mark Vanterpool, Independent candidate Collin Scatliffe and incumbent representative Dr. Vincent Scatliffe.

Vanterpool, who spent much of the morning mingling with the senior voters, said he believed the election process was going mostly well though he felt the lines could have been more orderly lines to make sure that most persons were able to vote in the order that they arrived at the polling station.

“It requires a little patience. It’s coming up to lunch time now and most of the folks have been sitting here a little while now and some of them are diabetic and so o. So they would need some sort of assistance with lunch but I am sure their family members who are with them would assist them with that. But I believe it is going reasonably well so far, a bit slow, but hopefully it will improve as we go on.”

The former representative also said he had some concerns about Monday’s polls since he was not certain sure if four booths would be sufficient to handle the traffic of voters in Road Town.

“But we have from six in the morning to six in the afternoon so hopefully the lines will move a little more briskly since there would not have so many persons needing assistance. We look forward to a good turnout on Monday,” Vanterpool added.

Another 4th District candidate Collin Scatliffe also said he was concerned that there did not seem to be anyone organising the voters outside of the polling station as a number of persons, who were unable to join the line, where waiting a long time.

Meanwhile, Virgin Islands News Online also spoke to one of the international observers here for the elections, Thomas Docherty, a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons in the United Kingdom.

According to Docherty, he and team were invited by the Governor to observe the elections. He noted that observers from Commonwealth Nations often go around to see how other commonwealth nations carry on their elections.

“We went to the supervisor’s office this morning and were briefed on what the rules and regulations are and we have now broken into little groups and have been around different voting stations today. I think eight out of the nine districts we will visit today and when our colleagues from Caricom arrive on Monday we will go around all the polling stations again and look at the count and just observe how you do it. It’s interesting to see you already seem to have a lot of people coming out to vote.”

25 Responses to “UPDATE - 653 turned out for Advance Polling”

  • LABOUR (04/11/2011, 15:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    mark bouy you got ah seat because the Doc is a fool
  • enough (04/11/2011, 15:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Going smoothly??? Really? I did not know that public servants could be at the polling station directing people and telling people what to do?
    • D (05/11/2011, 09:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      OH MY GOODNESS I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING. WHAT CALL GOVERNMENT WORKERS DOING AT THE POLLS.
      • Strupes (05/11/2011, 11:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Government workers have elders, handicaps and illiterate people too and Government workers who working at the polls voted Friday also. So, you all saying this is not the people's right? I saw a one or two also who dropped off their families, and i didn't see nothing wrong with that. If they working in the polls for a party, or if they about helping set up things for a party in public, if they appear on a stage, whether they saying things or not, then say something. My only thing is they are people too, and they should be allowed to express themselves without about talking government business
  • I'm Concern (04/11/2011, 16:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The British Virgin Islands are a peaceful group and our elections are always done in an orderly manner, but we welcome all of you. I will be waiting to see your reports. Enjoy your stay observers.
    • D (05/11/2011, 09:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      THAT IS A LIE. A BALLOT BOX FROM THE 9TH DISTRICT WAS MISPLACED LAST ELECTION AFTER THE VOTES WERE PLACED AND THERE WERE ALSO CANDIDATES DRAGGING OLD PEOPLE TO VOTE. PERKS ARE BEING OFFERED TO VOTERS IN EXCHANGE FOR A VOTE AND PERSONS WERE REGISTERED IN MORE THAN ONE DISTRICT.
      • enforcement (05/11/2011, 14:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        but we all know the NDP has a hisotroy of stealing elections..we have not forget 2003...oh NO WE HAVE NOT that is why we wanted observers!
  • Viola Forill (04/11/2011, 16:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why are the candidates allowed to mingle with the voters and parole around the polling stations? Can't they allow these elderly and disabled voters the privacy to vote without being influenced by their presence to vote one way or another? How politically moral is that?
    • Buh-Deh (04/11/2011, 17:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am here wondering the same thing!!!!!! Why are they allowed at the polls????? You know cause they are the elderly the politicians try to take advantage of it. They should not be allows at the polls!!!!
  • NDP (04/11/2011, 16:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The National Democratic Party (NDP) is also satisfied. On 8 November, 2011 we will be taking back the country. The NDP will show the VIP how to really help the country grow. Within the next 4 years the NDP plans to make lots of trips with our families on government expense. We will cut the government staff to a minimum and we will be sending home those currently employed under the VIP government and bring in new NDP supporters. We will be cleaning out the Premier's Office, the Ministry of Education and Culture and definitely the Ministry of Communication and the Ministry of Labour. On 7 November, 2011 Vote for a change. Vote NDP. Vote for all the district candidates (2 - 9) and vote for all the at large candidates and the voters of the 1st electoral district, remember to vote for Preston Stoutt. Sorry the people of the BVI, but we are puttiing ourselves first, then the country. I can smell victory on Tuesday 8 November, 2011.
    • Greed (04/11/2011, 19:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes God forbid that the NDP get back the country where every hotel and foreign investment coming in at-least half would be owned by the investment club even if the local people are crying. Example water company and telephone BVI people wake up you all memory to short. Road town people those who have pride and respect keep mark from the treasury. Vincent is what he is but he is also a man of integrity.
      • D (05/11/2011, 09:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        FUNNY YOU PEOPLE WERE AGAINST SCRUB ISLAND BUT ALWAYS OVER THERE FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS WITH YOUR PHOTOS PARADING ON FACEBOOK
      • Peekachoo (05/11/2011, 09:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        A-HOLE THE BVI INVESTMENT CLUB IS FOR LOCALS. CCT IS LOCALLY OWNED. YOU KNOW HOW MANY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE INVESTMENT CLUB. INSTEAD OF SITTING ON YOUR BACKSIDE YOU SHOULD FIND OUT MORE RATHER THAN LISTENING TO CLOSEMINDED PEOPLE.
    • apple (04/11/2011, 22:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      after today if i was you i will rethink dat deman
    • No way (05/11/2011, 22:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Fool you sound so dumb...... Them stupid ass had it already and they done nothing.... Why would you think they going to do something now... Wha because them name change...... Please give me a break..... Same old people with their same old ways......you poor people
  • Quiet Storm (04/11/2011, 17:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just a simple question. Is electioneering within the confines of a polling station legal/permitted? If no it should be. There should be no electioneering within several hundred feet of a polling station.
  • Civil Servant (04/11/2011, 18:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did not know that devil women was still around..taught Elton waz DG again!
    • youth man (05/11/2011, 11:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      she got an extension and praying that ndp wins...but she will get a sock of her life
  • go to great (04/11/2011, 18:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i for one am so happy Monday is almost here...I sick of this campagin
  • peter crumble (04/11/2011, 22:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    vip way infront
  • Virgin Gorda Massive (05/11/2011, 00:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Funny man Mryon say when NDP wins those dumb Virgin Gordians and Anegadians will see how a Country is run.
    • Peekachoo (05/11/2011, 09:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      CHILD GO READ YOUR BIBLE AND STOP BLOCKING YOUR BLESSINGS BY BEARING FALSE WITNESS
  • george (05/11/2011, 23:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ndp won all dey votes on friday...


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