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Virgin Islands Party calls for election observers

- VIP Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA blasts NDP Gov’t for discouraging civil servants from attending political rallies
“One thing I want to make clear, and I think there is enough time for it to happen with elections being on June 8, they better have observers here on this territory fast. I take nothing to chance,” Hon Fraser said while addressing the campaign launch of the VIP’s Eight District candidate Mr McLloyd O. Walters in Parham Town, East End on May 19, 2015. Photo: VINO
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party Honourable Julian Fraser, RA (R3) has made a call for the presence of election observers at the June 8, 2015 polls and has also challenged the Commissioner of Police David Morris to have unbiased police officers at polling stations throughout the territory. Photo: VINO
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party Honourable Julian Fraser, RA (R3) has made a call for the presence of election observers at the June 8, 2015 polls and has also challenged the Commissioner of Police David Morris to have unbiased police officers at polling stations throughout the territory. Photo: VINO
According to Hon Fraser, there is a situation where the Supervisor of Elections (Ms Juliette Penn, in photo) is saying that a voter’s registration card, even though the law says it’s not necessary, is required for persons to vote. Photo: GIS
According to Hon Fraser, there is a situation where the Supervisor of Elections (Ms Juliette Penn, in photo) is saying that a voter’s registration card, even though the law says it’s not necessary, is required for persons to vote. Photo: GIS
EAST END, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party Honourable Julian Fraser, RA (R3) has made a call for the presence of election observers at the June 8, 2015 polls and has also challenged the Commissioner of Police David Morris to have unbiased police officers at polling stations throughout the territory.

The call for observers

“One thing I want to make clear, and I think there is enough time for it to happen with elections being on June 8, they better have observers here on this territory fast. I take nothing to chance,” Hon Fraser said while addressing the campaign launch of the VIP’s Eight District candidate Mr McLloyd O. Walters in Parham Town, East End on May 19, 2015.

According to Hon Fraser, there is a situation where the Supervisor of Elections is saying that a voter’s registration card, even though the law says it’s not necessary, is required for persons to vote. “Then I am hearing you need a photo ID which no law prescribes for, then I am hearing that oh if you don’t have a photo ID or voters’ registration card it's ok I’ll take care of you. Well which one is it?”

Hon Fraser said he was the one from the get go who has been saying that there need not have any changes to the practices that were exhibited in the elections of 2011 in that of 2015’s. “If you are going to do anything start right after the general elections which is coming up now I have no problem with a voter’s registration being required but don’t put a semblance of confusion in the minds of anyone,” said Hon Fraser.

The 2011 General Election was observed by a Joint Observer Mission invited by the then Governor William Boyd McCleary. The observer team had concluded that there was nothing untoward- unconstitutional, illegal or otherwise-that took place, which could be construed as having a significant influence on the outcome of the elections. “We were satisfied with how the entire process was conducted. In the circumstances the Mission wishes to affirm that the will of the people of the British Virgin Islands was fairly and freely expressed in an open democratic process during the national elections 2011," Ambassador Rudolph Collins had stated.

The Joint Observer Mission had included two teams representing the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Its role was to observe the VI elections and to write a report on its findings.

Required identification confusion

It is the contention of Hon Fraser that many eligible voters do not have a photo identification which is a drivers’ license and/or a passport. “But who can afford a passport anymore, so that’s out of the question. They have a lot of people who can’t drive! You know how many people don’t have a photo ID and are eligible to vote! This is a trick and I am not going to fall for it,” stated Hon Fraser.

He vowed to represent the rights of each voter in the territory as the VIP is a party of the people and if anyone suffers it makes the VIP angry. “We better get observers here because we do not trust anybody.”

The Virgin Islands Party Chairman also alleged that during the 2011 election, there was a specific officer who had turned a blind eye on some clandestine moves at polling station/s.

Appeal to the COP

“So I am appealing tonight to the Commissioner of Police to make sure that he does not send any political police down in my district or any district. What I am doing tonight is I am appealing to him and as it gets close to that day I will not be appealing to him anymore, he will hear,” said Hon Fraser.

According to Hon Fraser, the NDP has been mastering the shenanigans at the polls over the years, something he says has to stop. He told his candidates that it’s important that they fight for what is theirs as nothing is going to fall in their laps.

Intimidation

Turning his attention to an issue that has been a voiced concern among civil servants throughout the territory, that they are not to be seen attending public political rallies, Hon Fraser labelled such an alleged move of the NDP Government as an act of intimidation.

“Wherever you go the civil servants telling you they can’t come out to rallies, political rallies. I mean, where is it written in what law that they can’t come out to political rallies?” he questioned.

“Intimidation! That should be a crime. You cannot intimidate others,” he said, adding that this act must be stopped as he has reached the point where he has stopped talking to public servants as he is very concerned about their future. “Some of them are courageous and they would stand up and talk to you but I feel bad because I don’t want them to lose their jobs because of me,” she said.

“This culture has to change, the culture of intimidation by a group of individuals influenced by their (friends) to abuse our people… and just because I feel in my heart that my duty is to protect you the people they call me names,” stated Hon Fraser.

13 Responses to “Virgin Islands Party calls for election observers”

  • Jane (20/05/2015, 08:45) Like (13) Dislike (22) Reply
    yES I aGREE BRING IN OBSERVERS I A GREEE WITH FRASER REMEMBER WHAT HAPPEN LAST TIME I DO NOT TRUST THE SILVER HEAD SUPERVISIOR WHY SHE PUT CRABBE IN THE THIRSSD THEM THINK PEOPLE STUPID BUT PEOPLE IN THE THIRD WILL HAVE THEM EYES OUT FOR ANY WRONG DOING OR FOUL PLAY SO SHE BETTER COME GOOD fRASER YOU IS FROM SEA COWS BAY AND WE STIKING BY YOUR SIDE sEA COW;S BAY PEOPLE DONOT GIVE UP WHAT YOU HAVE FOR NOTHING
    • Balo 2 cents (20/05/2015, 13:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      ignorance is the most expensive commodity and my dear Jane you have the lions share. If you will recall last Elections there were observers. and I can assure you that Observers will be most present this year and it's not because Fraser is calling for them. They will be in the Territory ahead of the June 8 elections. It s a group of 3 -4 persons headed by a Lady
  • qc (20/05/2015, 08:45) Like (10) Dislike (29) Reply
    Fraser the liberator is on to something...no stealing of the election NDP
  • nonsense (20/05/2015, 10:08) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
    There are so many checks and balances in the Elections process in the Virgin Islands. Why do we keep coming on here and trying to tarnish the reputation of hard working public officers? With the presence of candidates and/or at the polls, tell me what can the Returning Officer do to the elections results. Come on people! Enough of this nonsense.
  • READ THE ELECTIONS ACT (20/05/2015, 10:18) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can someone please point Hon. Fraser to Section 23A (6) of the Elections Act (2011 Amendment) which speaks to the issue of voter registration card or the need to present at least one other form of Government issued identification .....Hon. Fraser, please, you are an intelligent man ... educate the people and do not mislead them by trying to make it look as if the Supervisor of Elections is saying something wrong.
    • @fraser (20/05/2015, 12:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Least we forget,it was Fraser and the VIP government that introduced the voter ID thing in the 2011 amendment of the Election Act. Now he acting like it is the NDP fault.
  • ooooo (20/05/2015, 10:18) Like (21) Dislike (32) Reply
    last election dirty tactics were used to get rid of fraser and dancia...the man knows what he is saying because those people cant be trusted
  • results (20/05/2015, 11:31) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    Andrew Fahie, Mitch, OJ, Mark, Zoe, Alvera, Oleavine, AllOUT....NDP all at large seat!
    • real results (20/05/2015, 12:16) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      Andrew, edford, Fraser, mark, Zoe, undecided, Maynard, all out, myron, Dr smith maybe, Karl and Irene
  • David (20/05/2015, 11:36) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Observers are a good idea and not just because of what the NDP may be up to. Anyone in power currently is also grasping to hold onto it. Keep a watchful eye on them all.
  • vip (20/05/2015, 12:43) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Governor has answered our prayers...The observers are here!!!!
  • Resident of VG (20/05/2015, 13:12) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    A vote for the NDP is a vote for the UK to take over the BVI


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