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HoA rejecting Hon Malone's motion was a 'democratic process'– Premier

- but said Hon Malone's proposals for Constitutional Review Committee can still be considered if the public is in favour
Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has assured that should the people of the Virgin Islands want reforms as proposed by Hon Carvin Malone (AL), they can be included in the Terms of Reference of Constitutional Review Commission. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Member Hon Carvin Malone (AL) said the proposed amendments to the Terms of Reference of the Constitutional Review Commission would have allowed the public to have a more meaningful input in the review process. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Member Hon Carvin Malone (AL) said the proposed amendments to the Terms of Reference of the Constitutional Review Commission would have allowed the public to have a more meaningful input in the review process. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has assured that if the people of the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) want reforms as recently proposed by Opposition Member Hon Carvin Malone (AL), they can be included in the Terms of Reference of the Constitutional Review Commission.

The Minister made the statements during a Friday, September 23, 2022, press conference, when questioned on why the House rejected the motion and whether that was against the democratic process and putting the people first.

According to Dr Wheatley, “We did consider it and what you're talking about is the democratic process... The Member asked to amend a motion and in the democratic process, we voted on it and persons voted against it… but what I advise the Member is that those areas can be brought up in the discussion, when we have a discussion with the people,”

He added, “If the people in the community like them, they can speak up about them to the Commissioners, and then those will be in the report.”

VI still going through process of reform- Hon Wheatley 

Meanwhile, the Premier affirmed that although the United Kingdom's Order in Council, which allows for the suspension of the local constitution at a moment's notice, he is running the government almost like the Order is not there, “Because I don't want anybody to give the view or the opinion that I'm being forced to do anything,” he said.

“What we are doing here I believe to be in the best interests of the people of the Virgin Islands. We're going through our reform process that I believe that we have to go through.”

The Premier said there were things now happening as they should have before in the VI and although the territory has had many successes, people must admit that there were some areas in need of reform.

“So, we’re going through the process of reform, and of course I'm going through the process based on what I believe to be right, a democratic process where you consult with people, you get their views, their opinions and then you come out with the result,” Dr Wheatley argued.

See related article below:

HoA rejects Motion for amendments to ToR of Constitutional Review Commission

8 Responses to “HoA rejecting Hon Malone's motion was a 'democratic process'– Premier”

  • carvin for president of the VIP (27/09/2022, 12:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The governor's lil puppy is a real traitor
  • lol (27/09/2022, 12:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Democratic doesn't make it the right thing or the best thing.
  • Self-serving (27/09/2022, 12:59) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was a democratic process, but you cannot convince me that it was not also self-serving. Why would sitting politicians, looking to be re-elected, agree to term limits? It's not in their personal interest.
  • Windy (27/09/2022, 13:07) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need an election
  • josiah'sbay (27/09/2022, 13:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of these COI recommendations need protracted scrutiny for clarification and understanding. We definitely don't need a retroactive statement "In the people's interest" particularly when the people haven't been involved in the decision making process.
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (27/09/2022, 13:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon. Premier, you readily agreed that we that a constitutional review is needed, and the people of the BVI views must be heated (have an input). Things cannot be allowed to continue as they were any longer.
    In my honest opinion, the opposition, Hon. Carvin Malone that a constitution review is needed, and the views on the people's opinion should be honoured is democratically correct. Nothing is wrong to agree with the Opposition of the legislature on an issue when it serve the people best interest. But to the contrary, something is definitely wrong when when a good suggestion that severed the people best interest of the is opposed, and delayed for political reasons. Please stop your double tonguing, and trying to deceive us on this particular needful issue by way of frailed political excuses.
  • Citizen (27/09/2022, 13:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so dissapointed in Natalio, His inexperience coming out day by day.
  • big show (28/09/2022, 02:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I’m disappointed in you for thinking he would be any better you can see through people like those crystal clear


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