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The Governor could end up selecting VI's leader- Premier Wheatley

- said a coalition government will only result in a power struggle
Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), right, has detailed that should the Virgin Islands (VI) fail to elect a party with the majority in the 2023 General Elections and there is no agreement among the parties as to who will be the Premier, it would then cause Governor John J. Rankin, left, to select a leader. Photo: VINO/File
Elections Day in the Virgin Islands is on Monday, April 24, 2023. Photo: VINO
Elections Day in the Virgin Islands is on Monday, April 24, 2023. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has detailed that should the Virgin Islands (VI) fail to elect a party with the majority in the 2023 General Elections and there is no agreement among the parties as to who will be the Premier, it would then cause Governor John J. Rankin to select a leader.

Coalition Gov't an experiment - Premier  

“I want you to vote not only for the District Representative but for all the At Large candidates…. The other parties' only pathway to a government is the At Large and through a coalition. They know that none of them can win on their own,” he told persons gathered at the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) grand final rally on April 22, 2023.

Dr Wheatley added that the other parties contesting the elections have promoted the concept and idea of a coalition; however, he reminded that it is the only way they have a pathway to form a Government which would be an experiment.

“The PVIM endorsed Honourable Julian Fraser. Julian Fraser endorsed PVIM. I had a debate with them [and] Ronnie was going left [and] Hon Julian Fraser was going right. Honorable Skelton said when I'm the Premier, this is what I'll do, Julian Fraser said when I'm the Premier, this is what I'll do.

“Well, which one of you is going to be Premier buddy? You didn't work that out before the endorsement. So the first thing that's going to happen if you elect a coalition government, it's going to have a big fight,” he added.

Gov has power to select a leader - Dr Wheatley 

Meanwhile, the Premier detailed that the Governor's Office recently sent him a memo reminding him what the Constitution says about forming a new government.

“And it says… the party with the majority forms a new government, the one who can command the majority in the House of Assembly. The Constitution also says, if the members were elected, if they cannot agree on who's the leader? Do you know what happens then? The governor selects the leader.”

The Premier tasked the people of the VI to look in the Constitution and added that if they cannot select a leader, the governor will have to power to select one.

“Do you want the governor selecting your leader, people of the Virgin Islands? So, you want to know what you have to do? You have to vote VIP all the way!” he said while reiterating that persons should vote for all in the VIP’s At Large team of Hon Carvin Malone, Hon Sharie B. de Castro, Hon Neville A. Smith and Zoe J. Walcott.

31 Responses to “The Governor could end up selecting VI's leader- Premier Wheatley”

  • Youth (24/04/2023, 11:50) Like (17) Dislike (22) Reply
    The position of Governor needs to be an elected position in this modern 21st century. We should be selecting them and not the other way around.
    • Think before you comment (24/04/2023, 13:42) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
      Firstly, we are still under the Queen well rather King of UK. We can not full go about making decision on our unless with consult with the UK.

      So instead of making such a comment you should be advocating for independence. Which currently we are not ready for that. Our leaders and to be more driven and have strong head and a strong vision like the premier of Barbados. These guys here need to bow and look up to her.
      • @Think before you comment (24/04/2023, 14:18) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
        Nothing is impossible. Also, the UK is worse off than the BVI in terms of leadership but obviously you and others do not keep up with the UK news. If Barbados was not already independent, they would be facing the same issues now no matter who is their leader because the UK strives on making persons like you think that you can only trust the UK and none of your own to lead. Our leaders have done well to build the BVI without much or any help from the UK other than building prisons. Our leaders are not perfect but who is? Certainly not a Governor who is a man just like our leaders who does not have to deal with the daily pressures our leaders have to endure in their positions, hence the Governor post MUST be an electable position also.
  • My Take (24/04/2023, 11:52) Like (18) Dislike (21) Reply
    He would not get a chance to select anyone as he will learn that God is stronger than he and his wicked tactics and motives camouflaged as protecting good governance.
    • @mytake (24/04/2023, 13:17) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
      Remember when you evoke the true God in a situation, he does not act out of hatred or self-service. Here are the questions. Are you more righteous than the Governor? Are your motives more transparent than his? Remember God looks at the heart. If you have no sins then you are qualified to cast the first stone.
      • To @mytake (24/04/2023, 14:20) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Ask the Governor those questions because he is the one acting like how you describe. A man is known by his fruits.
  • Concerns of many (24/04/2023, 11:58) Like (7) Dislike (15) Reply
    Governors should be elected by the people, and they should be made by law to declare locally all their assets and account balances locally and worldwide before and after their term as Governor in the BVI & other OTs because there are a lot of serious rumors out there especially about a few of the last Governors. Probably this is why they are trying to put the spotlight elsewhere so no one will have the time to think on focusing on them. Ting to talk. The law is supposed to be blind and not exempting certain British Officials.
  • Elections 2023 (24/04/2023, 12:03) Like (16) Dislike (20) Reply
    Elections 2023 will be remembered for how a sitting Governor (assisted by a few local stooges as candidates and as public officers in key government areas as well as his UK Commissioner of police) did all he could hiding behind sections of the law and his duties & responsibilities in the constitution, to try to influence the outcome of the elections to try to make a sitting government lose the elections so who he felt should win could win.
    • @Election 2023 (24/04/2023, 13:27) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      Are you on something?
      • To @Election 2023 (24/04/2023, 14:22) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        ...yeah, common sense and watching the actions that reveal the facts without being brainwashed.
  • UK resident (24/04/2023, 12:06) Like (18) Dislike (9) Reply
    He has one goal which is GLOBAL BRITIAN!!! Turn the BVI into a little UK and ignore the culture and history of the people of the BVI but do it in a way that keeps us fighting each other so he can be seen as the savior which allows for a bloodless take over. WAKE UP BVI PEOPLE!!!
    • @UK resident (24/04/2023, 12:18) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
      One way he is using to do this other than the well-organized COI is through the new proposed police act so he and his Uk Commissioner of police can turn the country into a police state where the citizens have no rights. I am for justice, but I am also for balance, fairness, and equal rights. Remember absolute power corrupts absolutely. The Human Rights Bill needs to be passed first. Our rights as a citizen must be protected from abuse of power and authority.
      • @@Uk resident (24/04/2023, 13:24) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
        Remember the Human Rights Bill is for all "humans" including all ex-pats.They to will be given balance, fairness and equal rights. Would you give them that in the BVI? If so then let's pass that bill quickly
    • Steve Biko (24/04/2023, 12:27) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply

      Wake up Mighty Virgin Islander. The Governor in all our business. Did they move out Andrew because they dont want us going forward to 2030? We still going though. Tell him take that cr*** wom** out the House that we have to put money into, hthem ole wh*** sup***cy self.

      • Hmm (24/04/2023, 13:31) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
        Hmmm be independent then lose the US currency and everything affiliated with the UK and let’s see how rich The BVI would be them. Pure uneducated fools.
    • Hmm (24/04/2023, 12:42) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
      You have no culture.
    • Simple. (24/04/2023, 13:07) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      We need a change.. A change of hearts, a change of direction, a change that put country first and promote rairness and inclusion..
    • please (24/04/2023, 13:29) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      Go rest yourself somewhere with your nonsense but when Tortola need help after Hurricane you wasn’t one of them to turn down that help right.
      • @Please (24/04/2023, 14:24) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        Stop lying. The only help they brought was a ship with thousands of body bags thinking we were all dead. Covid was worse.
  • Failure (24/04/2023, 12:32) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    The Governor has been a failure. Every subject under his authority is a failure. Let him select better public officers to head departments and Ministries as he continues to fail in this respect badly. Across governments the water woes continue to be an issue even with different Ministers. The only constant was Pearline Scatliffe who has been over Water & Sewage for years and have failed the people of the BVI but now want to be elected in District 7. She blocked progress and was vindictive. Look at BVIEC and other government entities and how well they function under the same Ministers of different governments. This means Pearline was the issue for years next to Fraser with bi-water. The Governor failed to address such failures which causes people to suffer.
  • fine (24/04/2023, 12:33) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
    If the 13 winners in this election don't like the Guv choosing the Premier then just revolt against the UK and send them all back to the UK. Of course this will NEVER happen because the UK controls the economy of the BVI and that will disappear if any form of independence is ever exposed in the BVI.
  • Hmm (24/04/2023, 12:37) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    He’s not going to pick a leader for us…we as the people of the BVI will make a decision for the British Virgin Islands!! Thank You
  • Political analyst (24/04/2023, 13:09) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The governor has unilateral power. But should the blame fall on the governor? The Constitution negotiated by some of VI’s best and brightest give him that power. Per the constitution, the U.K.-appointed governor is responsible for a) external affairs, b)defense, c)internal security ( including the RVIPF), the Judiciary, the Civil service, HMP?. In addition to these responsibilities, he has special retained and assigned responsibilities, reserved powers, power assent( bills passed by HOA have to be assented to by Guv before becoming law). Further, even functions devolved to the BVI can easily be reversed. For example, by an order in council, the VI constitution was suspended but it is being held in abeyance, pending implementing of CoI recommendations. Any missteps in implementing the CoI the Guv has the power to suspend the constitution and insert U.K. direct rule. The suspension is being held over the head of the VI like Sword of Damocles. Now it is possible that if VI voters cannot choose a leader, a leader can be chosen by the governor. What a ting. The VI people have no say in whom is despatched to the VI as governor to represent them ( In actually, he is here to represent the Crown, not the VI people. I say he, for governors and administrators to date have been White males. The assignment seems like a reward for the good ole boys). Moreover, the Governor of the VI must be elected. How can you represent me but I have no say in whom represent me?

    Moreover, what is happening in the BVI is not happening by accident. It is rooted in Willie Lynchism divide and rule colonialism, an extractive, exploitive, exclusionary, violent, savage, abusive, racist, sexual rape, expropriated, etc institution. Colonialism was billed as a civilizing mission but it was nothing but. It was and is about might is right and white dashed with a huge dose of social Darwinism. Colonialism is an institution accountable only to itself. The local government is accountable to the governor who has unilateral power. But who is the Governor accountable to? Supposedly to the FCO but there is no daylight between the Guv and FCO. The Guv word is the word of FCO. By the way the Guv and office is a parasite on the local taxpayers, the host, paying for boarding and lodging, transportation, landscaping, entertainment, travel, food? Is this crusading?

    On another, why did the Governor write to the Premier reminding him that if the voters do not elect a leader he has the power under the constitution to do elect a leader? Was he showing his muscle, power? Is this a normal practice? Did he also write to the opposition parties? Is the Guv trying to put his thumbs on the scale of local managed election. I’m sure that Premier and parties know what the constitution says. You get where I’m going with this—condescending perhaps. The last Guv was a media w….e and this one seems to be a power w…..e. Finally, what is happening is what happens when there is disunity, crab-in-bucket syndrome, Stockholm syndrome, and active “bring cum carry.” Behaviour. Oh, I forget the Sambo characters and foolish belief in meritorious manumission.
    • Quiet Rebel (24/04/2023, 15:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Political Analyst, you firing on all truth and reality cylinders. The old toms are not going to be happy.
  • WOW (24/04/2023, 13:18) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    This election is ridicoulus
    About 7000 voters deciding for 30000 redident
    • @wow (24/04/2023, 16:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Wow, the numbers are what they are. 7000 is approx 23% of the population. Let’s see what % of the 7000 actually voted.
  • The best way forward. (24/04/2023, 13:41) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    A Governor take over was the best way forward. But England and Britain failed us..Unless they are giving our local politicians rope and time to hang themselves..
  • Hmmmm (24/04/2023, 13:51) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    He need to tell the people what the Governor told him that made him make such a statement!
  • what a pity (24/04/2023, 14:28) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    What a pity some of you posting still have a slave mentality and have colonial masters fooling you all to believe in them more than in your own people. They are controlling most of you out of fear and ignorance.
  • Johhy (24/04/2023, 14:39) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dont you know the pound value more than the us why do u think after hurricane ima the people them gone England to live
  • local boy (24/04/2023, 16:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That means Gary Hickumbottom could be appointed Premier.

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