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‘Protect your future, register to vote now!’- Hon Malone

- even as uncertainty clouds the immediate future of the Virgin Islands
Even as there appears to be uncertainty regarding whether there would be a general election as constitutionally due, a By-election for the soon-to-be vacant First District seat or whether the Virgin Islands (VI) constitution will be suspended altogether, Opposition Member Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has urged the VI people to get registered to vote. Photo: GIS/File
The Office of the Supervisor of Elections is notifying the public that Voter Registration is ongoing, and that eligible persons should register to vote by September 5, 2022, in order to be included in the 2022 Preliminary Voters’ List. Photo: VINO/File
The Office of the Supervisor of Elections is notifying the public that Voter Registration is ongoing, and that eligible persons should register to vote by September 5, 2022, in order to be included in the 2022 Preliminary Voters’ List. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Even as there appears to be uncertainty regarding whether there would be a general election as constitutionally due, a By-election for the soon-to-be vacant First District seat or whether the Virgin Islands (VI) constitution will be suspended altogether, Opposition Member Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has urged the VI people to get registered to vote.

Voter Registration ongoing

The Office of the Supervisor of Elections has already notified the public that Voter Registration is ongoing, and that eligible persons are asked to register to vote by September 5, 2022, in order to be included on the 2022 Preliminary Voters’ List.

General election in the Virgin Islands is constitutionally due by May 2023.

‘Protect your future’- Hon Malone

According to Hon Malone, the 1st district seat held by the former Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie will soon be vacated and he asked whether there would be a by-election, general election, or a constitution suspension.

He termed those as “difficult conversations”.

“Protect your future, REGISTER TO VOTE NOW and let your voices be heard,” Hon Malone stated.

While there be Bi-election for D1 seat?

Meanwhile, Hon Fahie is expected to lose his seat as First District Representative since Speaker of the House of Assembly Corrine N. George-Massicote has refused to grant any more leave for Hon Fahie, who remains in the US since his arrest in April.

The last By-election for the First District seat was held in 1995 following the death of H. Lavity Stoutt.

Hon Malone, an At Large Member, has been given the responsibility for the First District in Hon Fahie’s absence; however, it is unclear whether a By-election will be held since the next general election is not so far off.

The threat of a constitution suspension, which many believe has long been the agenda of the British as part of its Global Economy initiative, further adds to the uncertainty.

23 Responses to “‘Protect your future, register to vote now!’- Hon Malone”

  • NICK (22/08/2022, 09:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    go campaign.
  • Vultures (22/08/2022, 09:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    on the loose again , and we already know their track record , even though they 5hey didn't went to the Olympics
  • BVI Future (22/08/2022, 09:42) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
    Will the BVI character ferries and planes for those who have dual citizens and want to come home and vote? This is a critical election for the territory's future.
  • @ youth (22/08/2022, 10:00) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
    Nopeeeeee!!!! I tired of voting!!! Ya’ll talk about everything else and not raising the minimum wage!! Grocery prices gone up everything going up!! To me ya’ll worst than Andrew fahie
  • Good advice. (22/08/2022, 10:21) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    Who the hell to vote for..? . Best we stick with what we have for the next two years until we can see, hear and vet proper people properly.
  • No Voting For Me!!!!! (22/08/2022, 10:21) Like (1) Dislike (19) Reply
    Fahie aint running so i am NOT voting. Dont come to me!!!
  • asura (22/08/2022, 10:23) Like (6) Dislike (17) Reply
    Carvin has my vote I do not care what a man say!
    • @ asura (23/08/2022, 01:11) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      Exactly. He is the smartest one there and people don’t even realize it. He know what he does be saying.
  • ... (22/08/2022, 10:29) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    vote when the first white man run need new sharks in the bloody water
  • Sam (22/08/2022, 10:58) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    To me Malone should have been deputy in the first place then now he would have been primare shawonde deputy and the rest of them hold on to them seat you no matter who runs and them win the people going to find fault still
  • enough (22/08/2022, 11:07) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    That’s three mentions of Fahie as “Honorable”.
  • Lucy (22/08/2022, 12:34) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Register to vote for who? We need to know who the candidates are now.
  • in order to get back in (22/08/2022, 12:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You will 2500 new voters who dont know you
  • 999 (22/08/2022, 12:42) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    women need to come together and form a political party: women from various walks and experience within our lands

    I might suggest Godly leadership but the church is so divided so have to pass on such idea for now

    when those that understand where we came from and where we are now, with backs against the wall makes you shiver

  • CJ (22/08/2022, 14:02) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

    ##BVI Future.... you don't live here and pay any taxes. Stay your @#$ where you at and vote for uncle Sam, he's were you being paying your taxes. You ain't contribute nothing to the country but you free plane and both ride with your sh**.
    Let who lives here deal with them issues.

  • Shem (22/08/2022, 17:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This ms is quick early go campaign ,u never get enough during your tenure ,u want more and what have u done for your people ,not one fxxxi g thing .but u busy and way above the rest ,,wicked all of you all
  • E. Leonard (22/08/2022, 18:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many voters in the VI [British] and elsewhere have grown disillusioned about voting, for the belief that their vote does not matter. Thus is a view that some fellow Virgin Islanders have shared with me. However, voting does matter. The view that it does matter persists because it persists; the electorate, the center power, permits the perception to voting does not matter to persists. The truth is the people, the electorate, the voters, have the TRUE power. What is voting?

    Voting is a fundamental right. However, voting has not always been a default right for Virgin Islanders, for universal suffrage didn’t occur until 1954, resulting from the Great March of 24 November 1949. It (voting) is the fulcrum on which democracy rotates. The VI is a representative democracy. As such, when voters go to the polls on Election Day, they vote to send 13 members (9 Dist. Reps, 4 At Large) to the HoA to represent their interest and the national interest in the Legislative body. Among the HoA responsibilities include passing new legislation, amending existing legislation, etc, to govern the territory.

    Moreover, the eligible voters who don’t vote in essence let the voters that do vote for them. Strong advocacy, agitation, protests, etc, matters little if you don’t vote. However, to vote, you have to register to vote by the deadline (Sep 05, 2022). Further, voting is not the end of the process; you must get civically engaged after the election, holding government feet to fire. Register to vote and roll to the polls on Election Day. Vote, vote, vote!
  • @CJ (22/08/2022, 19:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I pay property taxes! But I will take your advice and stay away.
  • vi (22/08/2022, 20:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yeah register to vote NDP we had no scandal when they was in power
  • Stealth (23/08/2022, 08:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    After some serious introspection along with what the focus will be for the BVI for the next 2 years——CoI—-, I reluctantly come to the conclusion that the impending general election be suspending until the CoI is fully implemented. Why?

    The order in council suspending the constitution and holding it abeyance with the threat of the UK having right to take over the BVI at any time because it is objectively dissatisfied with something that the government didn’t do or was slow in doing. The fact of the matter is that the Unity Government or any other government serves at the pleasure of the UK/in-appointed governor. What will the campaign be about? CoI implementation. What will governing for the next two years be about? CoI implementation.

    The election is constitutionally due soon but voters don’t the know the exact date for the election or who is running and could form the next government to implement the CoI. The BVI has brought its pig to a fine market. The BVI people he itself to blame for the current situation, for they got civically engaged, focusing on materialism, building wealth and living the Bigs. The BVI is harvesting the seeds that it has sown, lying in the rough bed that it has made, etc. The clear the bar to get over the current hurdles is high but it is insurmountable. However, to scale the bar requires unity.
    • @Stealth (23/08/2022, 09:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Stealth, though I agree with your points on why the election should be delayed, the constitutionally due election should be held soonest. The election should have been held as soon practical after the release of the CoI and the arrest of the former premier. Premier Natalio Wheatley must set a date for election now but doubt he will, wanting to enjoy the status, power, etc, for as long as he can. Does anyone think the Unity Government will emerge as the next government? In any event, the campaigning for elected office should have already started. Are they waiting for snow to fall in the BVI. Geez sum bred mon!!! What are candidates waiting for , a sign showing a green donkey flying across the sky.
    • Sambo (23/08/2022, 17:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Agree that an election should have held already. The UK got exactly what it wanted, ie, indirect rule, pitting Virgin Islander against Virgin Islander, and putting a proxy government in place which severed as it (UK) pleasure. Divide and rule is the hallmark of colonialism and the trump card played by the UK through its colonies, ie, Nigeria. Some of us Sambos continue to fall for the three card monte trick, drinking the cool aid. Hold the election now, for the die has been cast do it does not matter which government is in place, for the control will be the same. But at least, voters would have had the chance to vote for a government of their choice.


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