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VIP elections slate embraces greater representation, diversity—Hon Fahie

December 2nd, 2018 | Tags: Virgin Islands Party VIP Andrew A. Fahie
The VIP 2019 General Elections team. Photo: Facebook
VIP Chairman, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (Top centre) is flanked by VIP At-Large Candidates, (Clockwise) Mr Neville A, Smith, social activist Ms Sharie B. deCastro, Educator and Businesswomen Ms Arlene L. Smith-Thompson (D3), former VIP Party President, Mr Carvin Malone along with Ms Luce Hodge-Smith for D4 (Bottom Left). Photo: Team of Reporters.
VIP Chairman, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (Top centre) is flanked by VIP At-Large Candidates, (Clockwise) Mr Neville A, Smith, social activist Ms Sharie B. deCastro, Educator and Businesswomen Ms Arlene L. Smith-Thompson (D3), former VIP Party President, Mr Carvin Malone along with Ms Luce Hodge-Smith for D4 (Bottom Left). Photo: Team of Reporters.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Most of the voting members of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) are below the age of 40, and the outcome of the December, 1, 2018, internal elections, is testimony to the fact the party is in fact diverse, with widespread representation and with a strong focus on women and youth.

This was the assessment given by VIP Chairman and Opposition Leader, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), when he engaged members of the media following the party’s vote for its At-Large Candidates, at Cutlass Tower, in Road Town, Tortola.

According to Honourable Fahie, “when you look at the VIP, one of the things you see is that we took the need to hear from the youth more seriously…most of the person voting are 40 and below.”

The party chairman observed too that on the VIP Slate of At Large Candidates, in the person of Ms Shereen D. Flax-Charles, is a resident of sister island Virgin Gorda, which in itself demonstrates that the “VIP is serious about its representation on the sister islands and the main island and is very serious about the representation given to our your people.”

Explaining the party’s rationale for its policy to fully embrace youth and women’s issues, Hon Fahie told media operatives “you can’t speak for something you are not, I am not a woman so it would be very difficult for me to speak with passion on women’s rights, I might believe in certain things but there are certain things that have to come from the bowels of the person directly involved.”

13 Responses to “VIP elections slate embraces greater representation, diversity—Hon Fahie ”

  • oooh (02/12/2018, 11:44) Like (5) Dislike (12) Reply
    Shereen’s seat was fixed then right.
  • wowww (02/12/2018, 11:54) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
    Thumbs up if you wan VIP win

    Thumbs downs if you wan NDP win
  • Political Observer (PO) (02/12/2018, 13:29) Like (2) Dislike (20) Reply
    Well, the Congress has spoken; it is democracy at work but democracy at times does not result in the best option. It is a surprise that JW was not among the 4; JW was one of the most progressive of the 9. Nevertheless, it would be interesting to find out what was the thought process for picking the At Large candidates. What else in the mortar? Where does JW go now? I see him running independent and winning, playing a role in a coalition government or partnering with PUP. The latter is the most likely for obvious reasons.

    Moreover, the talent pool is rather shallow; it is spread out among too many entities. There is strength in numbers, normally. However, in this case not too sure. So far no party has a red hot team; the partys’ slate is luke warm. Further, many talented people are sitting on the sideline, for elected office is a popularity/beauty contest. Too many talented people isolate themselves in their elite/class grouping; not a good recipe for earning the vote of the masses, the proles. Nonetheless, the BVI is in crisis and needs a strong, qualified, experienced team so as to hit the ground sprinting, not just running. Congrats to the 4 finalists: Sheree, Sharie, Neville and Carvin. This was the first step in a long journey.

  • voter (02/12/2018, 13:50) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
    poor the esteem they did him bad lol
    • Political Strategist (02/12/2018, 15:35) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
      @voter, no one did the esteem bad, as a matter of fact, Mr. Willock did very well, his presentation was excellent along with Claude but there was an open and transparent process and the Congress has spoken. I believe that with the presence of Irene, that is what throw Willock out. Irrespective of all the negative comments, it’s a very good mix, with the presence of Shereen from the sister islands and Sharie as a youthful, vibrant, energetic young brilliant mine, the line up is very good. Mr. Willock with be just fine when the VIP is successful at the pools. Remember that I said this on 2nd December 2018 at 3:34pm. Come elections day, there are going to be some serious political upsets. Keep your eyes and ears open for it.
  • Hmm Warning (02/12/2018, 20:12) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Should VIP win keep the Sewage man far from the cookie pan ..We are going to have more financial interest and conflict. They are going to make NDP Guys Look like Preachers .
  • facts (03/12/2018, 00:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Carvin hard to sell
  • native (03/12/2018, 02:51) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    I think the VIP should have gone for someone other than Shereen, wasn't she the same person use to blast the VIP when they was in power with her calypso songs..#staywokeppl wait way she family from again? I could tell you this poor country... the at-large team is weak in a sense I don't see nobody on that team with the kind of urge to deter the voters mind which would have been a great help especially in the districts that the VIP ain't going win.... I could see the 4th,6th,8th district going NDP all the way which going cause a shut out for the at-large team plus the 2nd and 3rd district votes for the at-large going flip flop but it won't be enough to cover grounds to bring in no VIP at-large
  • Andrew??? (03/12/2018, 07:18) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Oh my god. I'm listening to Andrew on the radio and I'm sick to my stomach how he can be so bold face.
    He knew exactly who he instructed Congress to vote for.
    People on the street already know.
    I hope Claude and Julian don't go on any podium to help them win.
    After he couldn't get Mitch to run with him, he went for one of his best friends and close cousin.
  • Hmm (03/12/2018, 12:05) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Some of you all comments are making me wonder. who in their right mind would go and re-elect any of the NDP members knowing they've turned our country upside down. Howwww people??? Howwwww??? the day you all vote for the NDP you will be crying the same way you are crying now. say I say so.
  • @hmm (03/12/2018, 15:12) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well go dead then. Say I say so!

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