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‘You have committed no crime’ - Hon Andrew A. Fahie

- assures those who lost in election that there is always hope for a brighter future once they never give up
Re-elected Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has assured all candidates who might feel dejected from yesterday's bruising defeat that they have done nothing wrong and that they have a lot to be proud about for stepping up to serve their country. Photo: VINO
Honourable Fraser was not immediately available for comment on his victory in the Third District. Photo: VINO
Honourable Fraser was not immediately available for comment on his victory in the Third District. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Re-elected Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has assured all candidates who might feel dejected from yesterday's, June 8, 2015 bruising defeat that they have done nothing wrong and that they have a lot to be proud about for stepping up to serve their country.

He called into the all night radio programme on ZBVI 780 AM last night June 8, 2015 to thank the people of the First District who voted overwhelmingly to keep him for another four years, gaining over 600 votes and beating out Shaina M. Smith of the National Democratic Party and Independent candidate Preston P. Stoutt.

“I would like to thank the persons of the First District for coming out in their numbers. I would like to say to the candidates [of the VIP who didn’t win] that you haven’t committed a crime and you [should be proud and not feel bad],” he said.

He said that as long as they remain steadfast and never give up there is always hope that things will get better.

Fahie and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) both retained their seats even though the other candidates on the Virgin Islands Party slate lost. As the counting of the At Large votes continued throughout the night, it was clear that thus far the incumbent At Large candidates were among the top of the pile. Those are Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton and Honourable Archibald C. Christian.

Further, the VIP was unable to hold on to the Ninth District, with its candidate Elton L. Sprauve aka ‘All Out’ being beaten to the line by five-time challenger in the Ninth District Dr Hubert O’Neal. The VIP has held the Ninth District for decades with former Premier and former Chairman of the VIP Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE as its representative.

Honourable Fahie was one of the most vocal and steadfast critics of the ruling NDP and accused them of being the most corrupt government in the modern history of the territory. He also accused its members of being morally corrupt who take right and make it wrong depending on who they love or hate.

13 Responses to “‘You have committed no crime’ - Hon Andrew A. Fahie”

  • just saying.. (09/06/2015, 10:10) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    Tears for my country
  • wize up (09/06/2015, 10:21) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    VIP got beaten like a spoil child: I guess they will be sending some form of letter off to the governor ( the usual topic; seeking a commission of inquiry) or corruption!!!!
  • Scary Mary (09/06/2015, 10:43) Like (31) Dislike (23) Reply
    Andrew, the VIP really needs to stop the mud slinging and concentrate on bringing positive initiatives to the table.

    The ridiculous move to bring forward a vote of no confidence, when there was no possible chance of winning was preposterous, a waste of time and effort. It made all who took part a laughing stock. Nobody could take any of you seriously from that point forward because a lot of respect was lost.

    Both yourself and Mr. Fraser are well-intentioned, but you have gone off track. You have lost sight of what is important to your supporters and you insist upon forging ahead with YOUR OWN agendas and YOUR OWN visions rather than those of the people. You could both offer the people so much more if you would only put your anger and personal opinions aside.

    I am so depressed that we are STUCK with basically the same government as we had before. The opposition is hog tied strictly due to the fact that there will only be 2 members. I place the blame for this result squarely on the shoulders of the VIP party for not providing the leadership the people desire and for insisting upon waging a campaign of negativity over the past 2 years. It is YOUR fault.

    One time VIP supporters were given few (if any) alternatives. I could not vote for you and your "war on corruption" so I voted for Preston. The others in my family who live in district 2 could not vote for Rajah because --- well he's Rajah. Most voted for Elford and 2 voted for Mitch. In the at large category, the VIP team was incredibly weak. Who were we really supposed to vote for? None of us voted for any of the incumbents, most of us voted for independents and some voted for some of the NDP candidates, though my husband and I did not.

    This was probably the most depressing election I have ever experienced. The reason it was depressing was because few of us who were previous VIP supporters felt we were provided with any viable options.

    You, Mr. Fraser and the entire VIP membership need to really look at what you are doing, where you are going and where you want to be in the next four years - if you want to regain the confidence of the people. Many of us have been trying to tell you what was wrong, but you didn't listen. Perhaps now you will.

    Poor we. Another 4 years. Just imagine the damage that will be done. Blame yourselves VIP. You gave us few options.
    • ....... (09/06/2015, 11:19) Like (28) Dislike (27) Reply
      Here is some sugar for your bitterness! you lost!! Fair and square, cry a river, build a bridge and Get the F over it!
      • GG&G (09/06/2015, 16:37) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
        Trust... You'll be crying that river, building that bridge and all that soon enough. God help us all.
    • wize up (09/06/2015, 12:59) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ scary Mary; well said, I sincerely through a new VIP would been vibrant with fresh ideas with strong development plans for our territory......
    • Perspective (09/06/2015, 14:56) Like (18) Dislike (7) Reply
      I do think the VIP shoulders most of the blame for not being prepared but to say their candidate selection was poor may be a few spoil the lot situation. I think that Penn, Dawson, and sharie are upgrades to Archie and Ronnie and the results of the 5th, 7th, and 9th districts are still surprising. (Not saying they should have won, but the margin is questionable) rajah, juggy , Walters and bunbury were the real weak links in the party, i could honestly see the others in the HOA.

      I say change Fraser with Andrew or Dancia and replace those weak ones and you can have an equally matched party, with fresh ideas.

      The snap election definitely worked in the NDPs favor because they controlled everything and the VIP could never really get a foothold on the public.
      • Looking on (12/06/2015, 08:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Andrew and Fraser sell for the same price don't know who is better than the other.
  • Voter Too (09/06/2015, 10:47) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just congratulate the winner and move on and you gonna also see who are true supporters as most love to sit on the fence and as soon as a party wins you see where they heading and when things not going their way they coming to you for asssistance. Assist them in what ever way you can and the good Lord gonna reward you in the end. I do believe however,that the 2 term legislation should be put in place especially for the leader. CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS AND NON PLACERS AND IT IS INDEED A PLEASURE COMING FORWARD TO SERVE THE BVI AND CONTINUE TO DO SO IN WHATEVER WAY
  • yes (09/06/2015, 13:13) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Both parties were involved in mud slinging. You all people too bias. I hope you reap the fruits of your labour.
  • Dissapointed VG Man (09/06/2015, 19:04) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    With all of my heart, my involvement in the recent political campaigns was strictly in support of our youths. Nothing at all to do with me. No expectation contracts, opportunities or other benefits.

    As a youngster, I often traveled St. Thomas, with my mother for 29 days, (the standard at the time, compared to a whole year in our country). It was barely enough time to work and earn enough to purchase 2 boxes of groceries, to return home with; repeating the process ad-infinitum.
    By the way, those trips were made by home made, slow engine-less boats, taking a full day to make the trip.

    My involvement in the campaign process was also in support of the off-springs of the once-owners of lands , like the lands in the harbour in and around the Gun Creek area of North Sound, Virgin Gorda and elsewhere, that is now in the hands of others, (while they are still poor and working for the new owners of their once-owned lands).

    I am truly fearful for about the future of our youths. I am imagining 10 and 20 years into the future and what conditions are going to be like for them. Their freedoms and ability to own land, have access to the beaches, access and use of our fishing grounds, to catch fish, whelk, lobster, conch etc.

    To me, these areas and the Empowerment of our people are of greater interest than the last minute issuing of contracts, the spreading of asphalt on roads and areas hardly needing it. The last minute breaking ground for the clinic on Virgin Gorda and the completion of the basketball arena, just days before election do not impress me of as having " government in the sunshine". True, i would be more impressed had these things been done, say, two years earlier. I would have also been more impressed had the titles to the plots of land awarded, been in the hands of the persons awarded. As I understand it, all that has been awarded are "Promissory notes", with no mention of purchase price. What I have been hearing are costs of $10,00 and$15,000 per lot.

    @Scary Mary and Wize Up, I beg to differ with you regarding your comment about the Vip not providing you with the option of credible and electable candidates and fresh ideas.
    With exceptional individuals on the Vips ticket, such as the well spoken and intelligent with the ability to think on her feet, Ms. Shari Decastro, Dr. Dawson, attorney Mrs. Sharmaine Bunbury and Mrs. Penn O'Neal, they are more than well equipped and capable of holding their own in the House Of Assembly. I am impressed with their talent and abilities and should all applaud their courage, passion and desires to serve..

    Both Ms. Decastro and Dr. Dawson went at length to talk about the youths and early education, job training and preparedness, entrepreneurship education, trade school, improvement in tourism marketing and improved travel access to Bvis. Mrs Bunbury offered her ideas on the development of a third pillar, (fishing and agriculture). As an attorney, she talked about getting the Bvi off the French Black List and about strengthening and protecting our Financial Services sector.
    Mr. Frazer introduced the idea of implementing a "Marine Academy", where youngsters and anyone interested would learn the skills of yachting, seamanship, their repairs, maintenance and operation etc. This is huge, and with the potential to produce enormous earnings, it is imperative that we embrace this initiative.
  • qc (09/06/2015, 19:47) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    ndp must still go do not give up the fight!
  • Voter Too (10/06/2015, 06:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    @disappointed VG man don't be surprised of what some may be saying about the VIP as they would have been the same that would have bite their tongues and said something different if VIP had won.Both teams had some intelligent,creditable,electable with fresh ideas candidates but like most people you will be surprised what money and other handouts can buy. I too was disappointed but to all the non placers don't give up and continue to give to the BVI in whatever day your dreams will come true and continue with prayers it sure overcome many things even the high science

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