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Will they steal Elections 2019? Many switching registered Districts

Election Supervisor, Ms Juliette Penn. Photo: VINO/File
Will they steal Elections 2019? Many switching registered Districts. Photo: GIS
Will they steal Elections 2019? Many switching registered Districts. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Residents, Candidates and even some Political Parties are raising concerns and are questioning why so many voters—who have not necessarily lived in certain Districts—have been switching the Districts they are registered in.

Some persons have raised concerns that this is happening more and more in the Eighth District, where several persons are switching from the Seventh to the Eight and from other districts to the Fifth.

It is unclear why this is happening and how it will affect the outcome of the elections, even for persons providing what is required.

Election Supervisor, Ms Juliette Penn, today Friday January 11, 2019, outlined for Virgin Islands News Online, some of the requirements for transfer from one District to another.

According to Ms Penn, “persons are required to show proof that they live there by showing a utility bill with the voter address on it.”

What is needed?

You can also show a “rent receipt” according to Ms Penn—who appeared very hostile over the question of voters moving between districts, in particular the Seventh to the Eighth District.

Another proof that must be presented according to Ms Penn is for a “landlord to provide a certified letter confirming that you have moved to the new District and now resides there.”

Meanwhile, as the voter registration card goes into effect, Ms Penn could not confirm how many voters to date had come to take their photos and obtain their voter Identification Cards.

Earlier this week, International monitors were confirmed for the monitoring of the Virgin Islands (VI) 2019 General Elections. 

They briefly met earlier this week with members of the House of Assembly (HoA).

9 Responses to “Will they steal Elections 2019? Many switching registered Districts ”

  • dem say (11/01/2019, 17:12) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Thief thief Thief
  • Diaspora (11/01/2019, 17:38) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Are not the criteria for registering/switching in a district being adhered to? Are registrants providing real document servants. The current rep in D-8 appears to be the front runner so why the alleged switching from the D-7 to D-8? Is it to shore up the current D-8 rep chances or to take away votes from a candidate(s) in D-7? Further, why are voters moving into D-5? Again, is it to shore up the opportunity of a particular candidate. Moreover, the Supervisor of Election is the aunt of the current D-8 rep. Often perception is taken as reality. As such, every effort should be taken to allay the fears of some residents. Perhaps, some heighten oversight of the activity(s) in D-8 could be employed. This should not be seen as a knock on the professionalism of the Supervisor of Election. In other locales, family cannot supervise other members (given the BVI small size this could be a challenge), and if a supervisor do supervises a family member(s), any action(s), ie, promotion........etc is assigned to someone else.
  • vex (11/01/2019, 17:48) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    keep your eyes on the fifth and eight for real
    • Hmmm (12/01/2019, 08:51) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
      Right now Marlon is the most like and the surest winner . It make sense to move some NDP votes form 8 to other district . That's the game politicians all over the world play .
  • in teh 8th distrct (11/01/2019, 18:41) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    remember who his Aunt
  • ? (11/01/2019, 21:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I put in my transfer weeks ago and when I went for my card it still said the previous district. Why wasn’t the change made so that means I’ll have to vote in a district where I don’t reside?
    • SMH (12/01/2019, 12:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I would return that card and request that your transfer be recognized. A person should be able to vote in the District in which they resides during an upcoming Election. How can an elected official serve a Community fairly if the people that voted for him/her lives in another District. That Community is going to be neglected until the next Election.
  • Feel n Sad (12/01/2019, 08:42) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hmmm. Those Two "M's ain't no fool. anything possible .

  • ----------------- (12/01/2019, 15:09) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    thanks VINO for your professional reporting without you we will be dead long time


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