Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 or Email ALL news to:newsvino@outlook.com; ads call 1-284-440-6666                               Tune into 90.9FM from 04 September until 12 October for the 2019 Caribbean Premier League: visit www.cbnvirginislands.com for more information: 1 284 340 3461

VIP calls win on District Debate

…NDP Leader not daunted, “proof of pudding in the eating”
VIP calls win on District Candidates debate for Vincent O. Wheatley. Photo: Team of Reporters
The debate, which was organized by six youths of Virgin Gorda and was held at the Catholic Community Centre in the Valley, without an overwhelming turnout, as the venue proved to have been too small. Photo: Team of Reporters
The debate, which was organized by six youths of Virgin Gorda and was held at the Catholic Community Centre in the Valley, without an overwhelming turnout, as the venue proved to have been too small. Photo: Team of Reporters
The objective of the debate was for the potential candidates to deliver—on as single platform—their vision for the District while at the same time, demonstrating their abilities, to field questions and give impromptu responses. Photo: Team of Reporters
The objective of the debate was for the potential candidates to deliver—on as single platform—their vision for the District while at the same time, demonstrating their abilities, to field questions and give impromptu responses. Photo: Team of Reporters
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) declared an outright win by his party’s 9th District Candidate, Mr Vincent O. Wheatley for the upcoming 2019 General Election in the Virgin Islands (VI) after he came out on top of a debate yesterday, January 9, 2019, on Virgin Gorda.

Mr Wheatley went up against opponent candidates, Mr Jose C. B. DeCastro of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) and the ruling National Democratic Party’s (NDP) Honourable Hubert R. O’Neal.

Polling Day

Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) believes however, that the proof of the pudding lies in the overall process on the final day—when voters take to the polling booth.

The debate, which was organized by six youths of Virgin Gorda and was held at the Catholic Community Centre in the Valley, without an overwhelming turnout, as the venue proved to have been too small.

Included in the audience were hundreds who join the conversation via live social media feeds.

The objective of the debate was for the potential candidates to deliver—on as single platform—their vision for the District while at the same time, demonstrating their abilities, to field questions and give impromptu responses.

Public Office 

At the end of the night, Hon Fahie called it a win for his candidate Mr Wheatley.

“All the candidates did excellent because it takes a lot to put your-self out for Public Office, so I don’t disrespect anyone.”

According to Hon Fahie, “I might disagree with their policies but in terms of their ability to come out and their determination to come out, I commend each one of them Mr Hubert O’Neal, Mr Jose DeCastro and Mr Wheatley.”

He said however, “Mr Vincent Wheatley has shown us that he is more than able, qualified and knowledgeable, willing humble and respectful and with ideas to represent the people of the VI…We are going to pronounce him tonight, the next district representative for the Ninth District.”

The VIP Chairman revealed that debate is a common practice internally.

“We sit down and we ask each other questions, we go out meet the public, we go out every night canvasing ideas from the people so we be confident about what the people are saying and we mix them and get the best blend and bring them to the people.”

Youths

Commending the youths for getting involved in the affairs of their country, Hon Fahie said, “I commend them for putting on a debate that I thought was balanced and very in-depth in terms of content and preparation so I give God all the glory and honour.”

He said the event shows that the Territory’s people are maturing to the level where more people are interested in solutions.

Hon Walwyn also used the opportunity to express profound admiration for the youths’ bold step and also for the Candidates sticking to the wishes of the youths and not backing out from the debate.

He believes however, the debate doees not decide who wins the District Seat.

“Sometime you can’t necessarily determine who is the best candidate based on the debate…Tonight was an interesting debate.”

He observed however, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating…Yes debates are good but yet they are not the clearest indication of the competence and dedication of someone.”

He used the occasion to publicly challenge other leaders of respective parties to a similar debate.

“I think they are a very good thing for the community.”

9 Responses to “VIP calls win on District Debate ”

  • wize up (10/01/2019, 12:54) Like (11) Dislike (9) Reply
    there are no winners in a debate: a good debate allows the people to make well informed Decision: you and I full well know half the things most persons chatted about while standing on the campaign trail, most of them will ever be materialized..let’s get real because our country faced with real matter: on one hand we are being informed how broke this territory is, while in another breath making promises...how can you promise what you can not pay for: debates are wonderful from the intellectual Prospective
  • VG voter (10/01/2019, 13:55) Like (13) Dislike (19) Reply
    Honourable Fahie, I have I would say a moderate level of respect for you. But somehow, somewhere I felt something thuging at me and I just couldn't bring myself as to pin point exactly what it was, now I know. Check your comments to Honourable Walwyn's comments. Your candidate won? won what may I ask? ALL three candidates answered the questions asked to the best of their ability. In a race to win no matter what or no matter who comes first, second or third, it's the effort that makes them ALL WINNERS... Love you still.
    • Jacperlance (10/01/2019, 16:41) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ VG voter, can you please read this again and try to understand it: VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) declared an outright win by his party’s 9th District Candidate, Mr Vincent O. Wheatley for the upcoming 2019 General Election in the Virgin Islands (VI) after he came out on top of a debate yesterday, January 9, 2019, on Virgin Gorda. My understanding is that he is declaring his VIP candidate in the 9th District, Mr. Vincent Wheatley a clear winner in the upcoming elections. Yes he said late that he came out the winner in the debate and according to public opinion, he is not wrong. We must learn to read and understand before we comment. And looking back from secondary school days, there is always a winner in any debate once you are competing.
  • Diaspora (10/01/2019, 14:15) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    The electorate determines who wins or loses, not politicians. This was a single debate. Is it wise to proclaim victory based on a single event?
  • VIP Again! (10/01/2019, 17:08) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Is pre-cocuppied with winning. That will be its downfall. They need to concentrate on governing well.
  • pat (10/01/2019, 17:28) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Win with vip
  • Ok. (10/01/2019, 17:50) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Awe rats ass.
  • lets (10/01/2019, 17:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dont get overzealous now
  • By popular demand. (10/01/2019, 19:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now that a politics protocol has been established lets see if the party leaders will follow. Next?


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.

Weather


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.