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’We looking reality not bribery’- Senior citizen

- said she is not NDP, VIP or PEP but assessing everyone before voting
Outside the Elections Office on de Castro Street earlier today, May 5, 2015, the final day for voters' registration. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A senior citizen, who gave her name only as Mrs Malone, has related to Virgin Islands News Online what she thinks the electorate is looking for from the various parties and independents seeking office at the upcoming general elections.

According to the woman, she is not the type to vote for any specific party. "I study everybody, I am no NDP or VIP or PEP, I assess everybody and on that big day then I make my final decision," she told this news site after completing her voters’ registration at the Elections Office in Road Town today, May 5, 2015.

No bribery, just reality

Asked what type of government she would like to see in office, Mrs Malone said she is looking for a group that puts the country first.

"We got some to deal with who just selling out this country and putting money in them and their friends hand, and come to salt soap we the poor people at the last minute with this fancy road and this and that but now is not bribe time this is time for reality. If you ain't do nothing all the time, don't come at last minute knocking my door," the woman, who is known as just ‘Auntie’ to many, said quite frankly.

Mrs Malone also said she hoped that the youth made it a priority to get registered.

"See me here, since I turned 18 years I made sure I registered. Nobody had to tell me so, I did it and I maintain that I must be ready every elections day and these youth need to know their importance and register and vote.”

Today was the final day for eligible persons to register to vote and at the time of this news reporter visiting the Elections Office, the seats on the inside continued to be filled but with no overflow on the outside.

‘Don’t pressure children to vote for your choice’

Speaking with the voice of wisdom and experience, Mrs Malone said that while parents must ensure their children register and go out to vote on elections day, they (parents) should not pressure their children to vote for the parent's choice.

"These youngsters around and seeing what's going on and they must be allowed to exercise their democratic rights without their parents over their backs telling them which party and who to vote for," stressed Mrs Malone.

10 Responses to “’We looking reality not bribery’- Senior citizen”

  • kk (05/05/2015, 18:27) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Wisdom--Listen to her
    • TRUTH PLAYER (07/05/2015, 19:20) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      This is clear proof of what the NDP is up to. Another move to get more votes?

      Was the change done for the good of the NDP or for the good of seniors!!

      It is interesting that the Premier made the following statement (quote from Platinum News)
      "Our seniors are vital and instrumental with building an even stronger British Virgin Islands. That is why my government will continue to ensure better care for all our senior citizens; we will continue to find ways to strengthen the senior citizen programmes; we are committed to building a home for the elderly; we will continue to create opportunities to utilise the skills and energies of an increasingly healthy and active senior citizen population."

      SERIOUSLY, IF THE NDP IS THAT INTERESTED IN SENIOR CITIZENS HOW COME THE PUBLIC WAS NEVER TOLD ABOUT THE FINDINGS FROM THE STUDY ON OLD PEOPLE DONE SOME YEARS AGO?

      Okay, what was said about your commitment to senior citizens sounds good, but we want to know if the research told you that?

      What all did the researcher recommend? Don’t tell the public that you never got the report. We know that you got it years ago.

      Those of us who were in the study- lot more than 200, probably over 3 or 4 hundred, I bet- want to know. The NDP owes it to the people especially the elderly to tell them.

      Did you people bother to read the study? Or, you don’t want to tell us because the study started when Dancia Penn was Minister of Health & Social Development?

      I am sure this is not the only instance that you hid things from the public. As people who claim to be Christians, you should know that what is done in the dark eventually will come to light.

      Because of such things, including dissolving the Parliament and all the fanfare, the public should question how sincere you people are?

      Last election, you guys seemed to be above board. What happened since then? Was this a ploy to get votes?

      You people are good actors.

      From the mouth of a senior citizen, SHAME ON YOU, SHAME ON YOU. Fool me once, Shame on you, Fool Me twice, three times it would be shame on me.

      People, we must beware of the fox in the hen's house.
  • ccc (05/05/2015, 19:04) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    We know which party trying to buy the vote
  • ooooo (05/05/2015, 19:11) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    it sounds like the NDP tried to buy her
  • Amethyst (05/05/2015, 19:30) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mrs. Malone is a smart/wise lady, vote on the issues and vote for competent individuals with integrity, who will put country/people first. I want to see a coalition government and a strong opposition. That is the only hope for this country.
  • dog (05/05/2015, 21:44) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree to let children find their own way, but they have to understand not only the system, but the issues as well.
    that is where parents can discuss the pros and cons on things youngsters are not experienced in. The decision is ultimately theirs but parents should explain why they are voting the way they are. It is part of their education. And if they can explain why they are going the other way, that is valid too. The more discussion the better.
  • egg face (06/05/2015, 04:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    You can celebrate a victory without disrespecting your opponents.
  • Ha! (06/05/2015, 07:17) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    A coalition Government and strong opposition will mean good local TV, but zero progress in the BVI. In Government and politics, everyone is trying to make their mark, nobody is taking a back seat. Everyone will be looking at the next elections coming up. Show me another country where coalition and strong opposition resulted in progress. What we need are people who really care about their country and not afraid to tell their Government when they are wrong. What we need is for Government to fulfill their promises in their manifesto. To get real progress you need a strong team working together with one goal in mind and prodding ahead. Having coalition is pure confusion because at the end of it all either Party wants the hog for themselves. You can return to dreamland but I will remain in the land of reality.
  • Words Of Wisdom (06/05/2015, 07:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very interesting and rightly analyzed. The Vision challenged would clearly see Bribery of voters, in this spate of ground breaking. The government is dissolved, yet Government bulldozers are in the Copper Mine area, bulldozing
    roads to Crown lands at this last minute, that are supposedly given out to applicants. By the way, we haven't heard
    anything about price. Through the grapevine, I'm hearing of prices in the range of $15,000. If that is true, that will have to be reversed in the new government; for in fact, the awarding of lands should be done with prices that allows the owners to start building within a reasonable time. Along with awarding of lands, government should also negotiate favorable interest on loans with the National Bank and the SS Board, as well as allow the importation of building materials (Duty-free), just as the Oil Nut Bay Development is allowed to.

    The timely construction of houses on the lots will also have the additional effect of creating employment for our contractors and further stimulating the economy. .


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