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UPDATE: Hon. O’Neal cautions VIP of snap elections

-says Hon Premier may call elections before November 2015 & party must be ready
Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Ralph T. O'Neal OBE is this evening May 27, 2014 expected to announce that he will not seek another term in office and that he will give no endorsement to any particular candidate at the party’s internal elections tomorrow evening. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Opposition Leader Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE sent a clear call to arms to his colleagues in the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and has cautioned that the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), led by Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith may seek to call snap elections in the hope that the VIP was unprepared.

In a radio address made today, May 27, 2014 on radio station ZBVI 780 AM, Hon. O’Neal, who said it has been a privilege to serve the party for nearly four decades, noted that he has remained faithful to the VIP.

“I would like to remind the party that while contemplating on the present term, there is a possibility of the Hon. Premier calling a snap election hoping that the party would not be ready or prepared and this is where the Virgin Islands Party must show that it is strong, tough and well prepared for any battle,” the veteran politician said.

The Ninth District Representative also reiterated that he told his constituents in Virgin Gorda earlier this year that he would not be standing in another upcoming general elections.

“Earlier in the month I met with my very faithful committee in the Valley, Virgin Gorda and I told them that at the next general election which is constitutionally due sometime in November in the year 2015 or three calendar months after that date, or if the Hon. Premier decides to call an election before then, I will not be standing for election,” Hon. O’Neal said.

He further reminded listeners that former Chief Minister Cyril Romney called snap elections in 1986.

See previous story published on May 27, 2014:

Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal to address Territory this evening May 27, 2014!

Virgin Islands Party Chairman is expected to announce he will not seek another term in office & won't endorse any particular candidate in party’s internal elections

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Just as was firstly and accurately reported by this news site, Leader of the Opposition and Ninth District Representative Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE and Virgin Islands Party Chairman will address the Virgin Islands people this evening 27, May 2014 at 5.30 pm on radio station ZBVI 780 AM.

Hon. O’Neal, the 80-year old political stalwart who has been in elective office for some 39 years, told his District Nine committee in a closed door meeting on May 6, 2014 at his Valley, Virgin Gorda office that he will not seek reelection after his term in office expires in 2015/16.

It means that Hon. O’Neal will not seek the reelection to the Chairmanship of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) at its internal elections scheduled for May 28, 2014. The elections will choose a new Chairman of the party who, if the party wins the next general elections and the candidate wins his or her seat will become the Premier.

All will be glued to their radios later today to listen to Hon. O’Neal’s address as his departure from elective politics will be history-making.

According to this news sites’ sources close to the Opposition Leader he is not expected to make any endorsement of a candidate to replace him for VIP Chairman however, he will tell delegates what they should look for in a Leader. The source said, “Mr. O’Neal will take the diplomatic high road but he will be natural.”

Hon. O’Neal became the Chairman of the VIP the Virgin Islands’ second oldest political organization in 1995 following the death of its founder H. Lavity Stoutt and by the May 28, 2014 internal elections for a new Executive Committee would have also served 19 years as Party Boss.

If the Virgin Islands elections are held in 2016 Hon. O’Neal will have served some 41 years in elective office (1975-2016) outlasting his closest local competitor the late Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt who served 38 years (1957- 1995).

In 1971 Hon. O’Neal entered the political arena and lost his first election to the late Legislator Hon. Reeial George.

Hon. O’Neal then returned again in 1975 and was successful in being elected as the representative of the then Seventh District, of Virgin Gorda. By 1979 there was an enlargement of districts and Virgin Gorda together with Anegada became the Ninth District.

Once elected in 1975 Hon. O’Neal never lost an election and was successful in the elections of 1979, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011.

Speaking exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online when contacted today, Hon. O’Neal confirmed that he will be addressing the Territory via radio broadcast. However, when asked for an overview of some of the issues he planned to talk about or whether or not he would be endorsing any particular candidate for the post of VIP Chairman, he declined, stating he is “not getting into that.”

19 Responses to “UPDATE: Hon. O’Neal cautions VIP of snap elections”

  • xxxxxxxx (27/05/2014, 13:33) Like (20) Dislike (29) Reply
    fraser tis your turn
  • vip (27/05/2014, 14:05) Like (12) Dislike (14) Reply
    Time to pass the baton on. This was not left in a will, thats why we have to vote for it. Unlike the ndp, the vip has a process above board.
    • lmao (27/05/2014, 16:15) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply

      Above which board? must be plyboard? You all looking to kill each other to run a sinking ship and you studying NDP? If the process was so good there wouldn't be all this in-house fighting and bickering. Get on with the s..t because it doesn't even matter who gets chairman and president, they won't be running this country that's for sure. No way think the 13,000 voters will put any Julian, Carvin or Fahie to run this place? HA!

      • bay yute (28/05/2014, 07:52) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
        There are enough sensible voters available not to ever again return the NDP to power
  • Uncle (27/05/2014, 14:18) Like (15) Dislike (19) Reply
    Long live Uncle Ralph. Fraser is the man!!
  • Typical vino headline (27/05/2014, 14:41) Like (20) Dislike (21) Reply
  • ccc (27/05/2014, 14:51) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    He made history let's see who can walk in his shoes
    • To "ccc" (27/05/2014, 22:49) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Everyone has their own path in life to carve and walk in his or her own shoes. It is very unrealistic to expect someone else to be like him. Best of luck to whomever the new VIP chairman will be.
  • 9th District Voter (27/05/2014, 15:13) Like (13) Dislike (21) Reply
    Happy retirement, and gods speed, for your 38 years there is nothing in your
    district to show for it. You have left your own party in a disarray, your district
    in a mess and the country as screw up as it can get. You sound dsipicable hearing
    you begging ministers to do this and do that, when you totally ignore it.

    I dotn think you really need to say anything, no more than im dissapearing.
    • berryblue (27/05/2014, 18:47) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
      You are a real ungrateful snob
      • to berryblue (27/05/2014, 21:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Dont take 9th district voter on. VG has two types of people (i) the amazingly simple and loving and (ii) the high and exaulted, proud and haughty..........

    • Oh dear (27/05/2014, 20:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Reading this blog reminded me of Whitney Houston's - Why does it hurt so bad.......
      Your are still not over that this man had to leave the stage, he was the people's choice darling.....
    • Outspoken (27/05/2014, 21:47) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      The schools you went to in vg under whose watch were they built the many roads you drive on who ensure they were cut and pave the clinic u goes to who built it and when your parents was I indebted to the bank who used to bail them out. Ralph had done so much for vg but maybe you did not benefit directly from no personal handouts so to you he has done nothing maybe you should talk to your parents and grand parents
  • dog man (27/05/2014, 16:00) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    that was the BVIs super hero.thank god ,thats things to talk about
  • Concern 1 (27/05/2014, 16:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes time to pass the baton on in this fierce political race. All for the good of BVI. Let freedom and good will reign
  • vex (27/05/2014, 18:40) Like (16) Dislike (14) Reply
    Fraser coming after him will be even greater
  • bozy (27/05/2014, 19:16) Like (19) Dislike (19) Reply
    Andrew all the way
  • cre (28/05/2014, 10:36) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    the ndp still cannot win a snap elections trust us Uncle

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