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Skelton-Cline predicts winners for D1-D8 in VI’s 2023 elections

-forecasts Myron V. Walwyn as D6 loser to Alvera Maduro-Caines for not returning as At Large candidate
Pastor and social commentator, Claude O. Skelton-Cline on April 4, 2023, shared his predictions for the winners of the 2023 elections in the Virgin Islands (VI), which is considered one of the most important elections in the VI’s history coming out of the CoI reforms and the possible suspension of the constitution by the UK. Photo: VINO/File
Polling Day in the Virgin Islands is April 24, 2023. Photo: Internet Source/File
Polling Day in the Virgin Islands is April 24, 2023. Photo: Internet Source/File
The three main political parties in the 2023 elections race are Virgin Islands Party (VIP), National Democratic Party (NDP) and Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM). Photo: Facebook
The three main political parties in the 2023 elections race are Virgin Islands Party (VIP), National Democratic Party (NDP) and Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM). Photo: Facebook
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI– Controversial pastor and radio show host Claude O. Skelton-Cline on April 4, 2023, shared his predictions for the winners of the 2023 elections, which is considered one of the most important elections in the Virgin Islands, being on the heels of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI), the implementation of CoI reforms and the threat of suspension of the constitution by the United Kingdom (UK).

The current race will see candidates from the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Progressives United (PU), Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), and National Democratic Party (NDP), along with Independent candidates, contesting for seats in the House of Assembly (HoA). 

Speaking on his ‘Honestly Speaking' radio show on ZBVI 780 AM, Skelton-Cline said his predictions in some cases are biased towards women and added that he sees a coalition of two of the parties forming a government after the elections, a statement that was originally made by Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) of Progressives United. 

D2 & D3 to maintain representatives - Skelton-Cline 

In the first Electoral District, Skelton-Cline said he forecasts Independent Chad C. George emerging the winner in the area that was the previous stronghold of ex-Premier Andrew A. Fahie. Other contestants for the district include VIP’s Dr Karl M. Dawson and Sylvia C. Moses; however, he said George could emerge the winner. 

“I see and I sense that Chad George, that is his race to win. He is strong in Carrot Bay, and he will have to come out of Carrot Bay very strong,” Skelton-Cline declared.  

In districts two and four respectively, he said current representatives Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) and Julian Fraser RA (R3) will remain winners, given their strength in their districts, regardless of those running against them. “You cannot beat Fraser with a three-man race in the Third District,” he said.

No clear winner in D4 - Skelton-Cline 

Meanwhile, he said in District 4 there is no clear winner, forecasting that the VIP candidate Ms Luce D. Hodge Smith might struggle to get votes under the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), given the district has always been a strong NDP base.

He said Sandy M. Underhill-Harrigan could come out on top of the race if she is pushed enough.

Back in 2019, Mrs Hodge-Smith lost to Hon Mark H. Vanterpool by just 57 votes as a first-time candidate. Vanterpool has chosen not to return to the polls as a candidate in the 2023 election. 

Moving to the Fifth District, Skelton-Cline said it is ‘still a race to watch’, with the incumbent Kye M. Rymer facing a possible fight from his political opponent PVIM's Marvin E. Blyden.

Myron forecasted to lose in D6

Meanwhile, in the Sixth District, Skelton-Cline said incumbent Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines would emerge the winner under the VIP, leaving the controversial former Education Minister Myron V. Walwyn a loser for the second year in a row.

“Myron would have been a better At Large candidate… going into a District that is fraught with tremendous challenges, I see Alvera coming out victorious,” he added. 

Mr Skelton-Cline said in D7; however, with Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley going up against Independent Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard, he reminded that in 2019, more people voted against Hon Wheatley and added that he sees Scatliffe-Leonard winning the District as an Independent, based on the numbers and opportunities.

Dr Wheatley has so far been fighting with a strong campaign on the premise of finishing what his Unity Government started and building upon a strong relationship with the United Kingdom that has been established following negotiations on the CoI reforms in the territory.

Perline-Scatliffe has been trying hard to convince the electorate that her perceived failure as Director of Water and Sewerage Department (W&SD) was not all her fault.

For District Eight, Skelton-Cline added that the incumbent Hon Marlon A. Penn would emerge victorious; however, in the Ninth District, he said for now, he does not see a clear winner.

Persons contesting D9 include current representative VIP's Hon Vincent O. Wheatley, NDP's Coy W. Levons, and PVIM's Shereen D. Flax-Charles, a current At Large Representative. 

39 Responses to “Skelton-Cline predicts winners for D1-D8 in VI’s 2023 elections”

  • D4 (05/04/2023, 09:36) Like (7) Dislike (53) Reply
    The clear winner will be the independent candidate who is not tainted by the bad-mindedness of the other parties. Only Rosita Scatliffe-Thompson can be trusted to do right by the people that live here. She's getting my vote,
    • hahahaha (05/04/2023, 11:22) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      @D4, Hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa what a jokester you are.
      • Gus (05/04/2023, 15:26) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
        "Perline-Scatliffe has been trying hard to convince the electorate that her perceived failure as Director of Water and Sewerage Department (W&SD) was not all her fault".
        It was not a perception - she was hopeless, arrogant and rude. The department is the worst by a significant margin among a lot of competition to be the worst Government department. She was in charge, so if it was not her fault whose fault was it?
        It does not bode well for her being a member of the HoA - where she will just be a member and not in charge. I can already hear her saying in 4 years time that the fact that nothing happened in her district was not her fault.
        She must be the worst candidate standing in any district, and a close run thing between her and a couple of the at large candidates to be the worst candidate in the election.
        • oh boy (06/04/2023, 11:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          @Gus you just opened on a playground you did not want. Tell your representatives to show the people of the district where in the budgets in their 4 years the funding for the department was approved and to do what. The first thing done wrong was taking credit for things not even started under a VIP government. Arrogance for refusing to do wrong things. Stay tuned.
    • D4 please give everyone credit (17/04/2023, 12:07) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Give the VIP credit where it is due especially having to deal with covid the worse pandemic in the last 100 years and to have to deal with the damages left unattended to from Irma and Maria.
      - New High School buildings and facility to take our teachers and children out of that moldy building they were put in by the NDP for a ridiculous amount of money monthly paid to the NDP partner where that contract was never audited.
      - Electric shuttle bus ride service around town free to all who use it. I use it all the time and love it.
      - New Road Town Market Square.
      - National Sustainable development plan projecting the way forward for the BVI for the next 20 years which shows progressive and innovative thinking. This was assisted by the UN.
      - Thousands of persons received their belonger status after being bluffed by NDP for years & watching the NDP give status to only their rich white friends just before the 2019 general elections.
      - Direct flights to USA(Miami) and back starting soon.
      - Revived the Cruise industry after Covid
      - Salary review for all public officers ongoing with the only delay being the Governor and his office.
      - Paid some of the many increments due to public officers by the NDP Government long before VIP took office.
      - Repaired the BFEC school building on VG
      - Repaired 3 Administration buildings on VG from the damage from Irma. One in North Sound and two in the Valley.
      - Fixed the resivor in North Sound, VG and the water woes.
      - Repaired the Administration building in JVD from the damage from Irma and named it.
      - Fixed the Lee Road in Virgin Gorda
      - Constructed new port dock, building and other facilities on JVD.
      - Paved Dog Hole road on JVD.
      - Constructed and paved new and existing roads on JVD.
      - Address JVD water issues.
      - Paved and Repaired new and existing roads on Anegada.
      - Repaired CCEC school structure on Anegada
      - Repaired basketball court and sport facility on Anegada
      - Repaired Fire station building on Anegada.
      - Repaired community center building on Anegda.
      - Repaired Administration building on Anegada.
      - Saving millions through purchase of new asphalt plant to fix our horrible public roads the NDP said they fixed with $16 mill from Social Security that still remains not properly unaccounted for and somehow missed the COI.
      - Repaired many community centers on Tortola including Sea Cow's Bay, Brewer's Bay, West End and others.
      - Constructed new modern lab at the hospital in Road Town.
      - Completed and opened Hospital in VG.
      - Passed many good governance legislation
      - Governed during the most difficult time in the BVI and world during covid coupled with dealing with all the damages left unattended to by the NDP Government after Iram and Maria.
      - Did an excellent job in keeping a high majority of us safe and alive during the worse of covid and prevented the economy from tanking out with some of the same grants they are now being crucified for now by others who want the public to think the good they did to help is really bad.
      - Repaired many of the roads and infrastructure on Tortola and the other sister islands from the damages from Irma and Maria.
      - Restarted the scholarship abroad programme that was stop after Irma where 50 or more BVI people are now receiving government scholarships yearly to study abroad.
      - Teacher Associate & Bachelors programme at HLSCC and UWI to ensure teachers are trained and qualified.
      - Gained accreditation of hospital.
      - Assistance in funding Masters and above programmes.
      - Major duty tax break for all during covid to pass on to consumers to try to assist in lowering the cost of living which is rising worldwide.
      - Unemployment benefits during COVID where no one in the private industry could work during to the lock down.
      - Transportation programme to assist taxi industry during covid lock down.
      - Amended customs act to allow for many entrepreneurs in the marine industry during covid.
      - Started Marine course and certification at HLSCC to create more opportunities in the marine industry through jobs and entrepreneurs by training and qualifying persons interested from BVI.
      - Retrained and retool persons in the Hospitality industry during covid to prepare them for new opportunities.
      - Started certification programme in the area of alternative energy at HLSCC.
      - Gained accreditation of HLSCC.
      - Continued subsidy for ferry transportation to and from Anegada for Anegadians.
      - Repairing the Administration building in Tortola that was damaged after Irma and never attended to by the NDP.
      - Tax break on stamp duty for all belongers purchasing land and property during the covid era.
      - Saved many businesses, persons and university students from demise through the same grants they are now being crucified for by the well planned attack.
      - Constructed, Repaired and paved many new and existing roads on Tortola.
      - negotiated with banks to do moratorium to assist the BVI people & businesses with difficulties being experienced in payment during covid.
      - Repaired the Ivan Dawson school and many other school facilities on Tortola.
      - Commenced construction of the long awaited and promised new school facility on Jost Van Dyke.
      - Made sure everyone was fed during all the lock downs with covid with food vouchers and home deliveries among other means.
      - kept us informed and safe as much as was possible during the early bad days of covid where no government in the world knew what to do as there was no playbook for this worse pandemic in the last 100 years.
      - Made sure all district representatives received the same amount of funds whether in government or opposition to try to help we the people during the worse of covid.
      - The first government in years to pass all budgets on time and balanced each budget each of the four years in office.
      - Passed all financial ratings regionally and abroad.
      - Funded many senior citizens programmes to take care of our seniors.
      - Restarted the Alternative Education programme so persons who did not finish school can attend and get their high school diploma.
      - Repaired the multipurpose complex and a/c after major damages due to Irma.
      - Repaired the police stations and marine bases after damages from Irma.
      - Assisted in the opening of Banco Popular on VG so there can be banking on VG again.
      - Passed consumer protection legislation.
      - Repaired many sport facilities including basketball courts like East End, West End, Diamond, Anegada, VG, Carrot Bay, Sea Cow's Bay and all over.
      - Restarted the seniors prpgramme to cherish our seniors and honor them.

      Will stop there for now as the list is extensive in only 4 years. The VIP good far outweighs their negative and that is why the ongoing devious plots are intensifying to try to get in people's mind otherwise to try to influence the elections and try to get VIP out to turn it over to their rich and famous friends but who GOD BLESS no man can curse.
    • WOW (02/09/2023, 20:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      BOY OH BOY WAS THIS HYPOCRITE WRONG!!! Most of his predictions never saw the light of day.
  • Rubber Duck (05/04/2023, 09:44) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    well this man gone crazy he is off in three of the districts.
  • Citizen (05/04/2023, 09:49) Like (50) Dislike (3) Reply
    Claude is to bad minded. Of course, he is going to back Mitch the bitch because that's his cousin. How come he did not predict that they were coming for him and the Head Coach? Tell them to stop tearing down Troy's posters.
    • @ Citizen (05/04/2023, 14:39) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
      they are tearing down Fraser posters too but Fraser is in our hearts and we will show it in our votes so let them carry on.
      • Ah so u think (05/04/2023, 17:10) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
        Most of Fraser voters has pass to the other life bless their souls
  • lol (05/04/2023, 09:51) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man of the cloth now turn prophet? You all need to stop this nonsense!! I hope and pray we have a clean election process!
  • When you are Blind you are Blind, even wearing glasses will not help you to see (05/04/2023, 10:00) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    People of the BVI, let not the Blind lead you who can see clearly. This blind bat should not lead you, because if you too are blind, you both or All will fall in the ditch.

    Who is this false, blind, lying prophet who will not shut up? Mybe he needs to become dump until after election so people can go to the poles in peace and with clear minds.

    Isn't he the same lying prophet who predicted emphatically that we would have a woman as premier, first in the history of the BVI? Is that why so many women answered the call to run, and as Judas, they are crying out is it I, Is it I? and like blind leading the blind they are all running from over 70 years old to as young as 40 something years. Oh my people, dont be fooled by someone who is less intelligent than you. Someone who only speaks and cannot prove what they are saying, no merit in what they are saying. You call that "blowing in the wind" . Again, let me remind us that a prophet is proven to be false when what he says does not come to pass, and watch it, 19 more days to go. We shall all see how cocky and misguided this man is. Thank God, God is not CSC and neither has God revealed any thing to him. God only reveals to his true prophets,

  • voter (05/04/2023, 10:01) Like (20) Dislike (55) Reply
    My Predictions are: Karl Dawson, Troy Christopher, Julian Fraser (only because his constituents are afraid of him), Kye Rhymer, Alvera Maduro-Caines, Natalio Wheatley, Allen Wheatley, Vincent Wheatley. At Large: Sharie deCastro, Neville Smith, Zoe Walcott, Carvin Malone
    • (05/04/2023, 10:38) Like (33) Dislike (5) Reply
      Sheep can’t go no where he ain’t even making no noise
    • ??? (05/04/2023, 10:50) Like (45) Dislike (7) Reply
      Neville??? I dont think so i aint even remember he a candidate.. does nothing...absolutely nothing.
      • @??? (05/04/2023, 15:21) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        What a bitter bile? Wha im do yuh? What nonsense! Speak fo yuhself!
    • To Voter (05/04/2023, 14:12) Like (11) Dislike (23) Reply
      My predictions are
      D1-Carl Dawson
      D2- Mitch Turnbull
      D3- Julian Fraser
      D4- Luce Hodge
      D5- Kye Rhymer
      D6- Alvera Maduro
      D7- Natalio Wheatley
      D8- Tight Race between Allen and Marlon but more leaning on Allen to win. Ppl sick of Marlon incompetent self
      D9- Vincent Wheatley

      At Large:
      Sharie Decastro
      Neville Smith
      Stacy Mather
      And maybe just maybe Ingrid Moses
    • Voters (06/04/2023, 04:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      I don't think Carvin and Sheep will even remember to vote for themselves. If the party don't give them a vote the will get none because they can't earn a vote on their own merit.
  • Strupes (05/04/2023, 10:07) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can you see inside our heads to know who we are voting for?
  • He got a 95% correct pick (05/04/2023, 10:14) Like (17) Dislike (15) Reply
    Except for district 6
  • streets (05/04/2023, 10:39) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    Someone tell this man shut up for the love of God.
  • Lets all Predict. (05/04/2023, 10:39) Like (16) Dislike (26) Reply
    I will Start..1 - George....2, - Mitch....3 -Frazer....4 Underhill.....5 - Kye.....6- Myron.....7 - Pearl ..8 -Marlon.....9 - Shareen. At Large. - 1/ Decastro,- 2/ Mather, -3 / Davies. The sure 3. Then we have that last and most important 4 spot . Ronnie, Lorna, Zoe r Shaina, hard to call. ..From this assessment seems like Marlon has the better chance of being Premier.. The sad part with my prediction
  • Youth (05/04/2023, 11:09) Like (26) Dislike (3) Reply
    This man and his family used the VIP and then do what they do best, kill them when they were no more use to them, then bury them, and then move on to the next opportunity with the next group. Pure wickedness.
  • Observer (05/04/2023, 11:29) Like (29) Dislike (30) Reply
    VIP supporters never join any other party.
    Once they go out to vote they will win this election easily. Claude you rape VIP and get what you want. I hope you have repay the money. The only party to take this forward is VIP. Their achievements are there for the blind to see.
  • Why (05/04/2023, 11:29) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
    Why are you all being so hostile to the guy? It’s his opinion….OPINION.
  • Lol. (05/04/2023, 11:32) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    The Devil has his friends but not even the Devil want Claude Skelton Clyne for friend.
  • Well Sah (05/04/2023, 13:24) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    Marlon panting for the Premier position. It will not happen! Let him pant, he BAD just like the rest of them, filling up their pockets and not caring about the constituents. NO PREMIER FOR MALONE! No sirree
  • Critique (05/04/2023, 13:25) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Leave him alone. He is not my best cup of tea, but he too came from a Motheratlease someone could bare with him.
    Think it over , let's learn to forgive. It does not matter how often, forgive.
  • Crooks (05/04/2023, 13:29) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    All of them agreed to the “Greedy Bill””.” Voted “Aye” in HOA. Now they’re talking like they’re not for it. Then they should’ve voted NO. Set a thieving, greedy, unscrupulous representatives with no class nor character.
    • @Crooks. TRUTH. (05/04/2023, 13:48) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      Say it again and again and again. before the people forget..
  • Reminder (05/04/2023, 16:47) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don’t vote for any candidates who have one term and voted for the greedy bill. We will have to pay their pensions for the rest of their lives. It amounts to millions of dollars. Vote Smart.
    • dude (05/04/2023, 18:16) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Myron they are repealing the law without getting any benefit from it like you did. Then they are reworking the bill. Give the People back the Money.
  • Political Scientist (05/04/2023, 18:17) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    What is the level of confidence in this poll? Is this a shot in the dark? What is the intent of poll? Is the intent to influence voters or just attention seeking?
  • ? (05/04/2023, 19:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Will Mr Skeleton and Dr Picking, also Mr Fahie returned those THOUSANDS of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$?
  • Aunty Susan (05/04/2023, 22:01) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    We need new blood, I will go for Chad George in District 1 and Lorna for Premier
  • smh (05/04/2023, 23:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Kevin OJ Smith for District 3

    Yess Mr. Smith
  • vi (06/04/2023, 04:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    All ayo full of crap it will be a coalition with more NDP VIP put us down the drain
  • Uncle Sawyer (06/04/2023, 09:06) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I agree with @Aunty Susan. We need new blood. Chad in 1; Lorna and Budha at large; and Lorna for premier. Also, can distract #3 please vote out Frazer. I used to vote there but I now move to #2 and I'm gonna make the switch from Mitch to Troy.
  • musa (25/11/2023, 08:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does it matter now or in 2027

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