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UPDATE: More than 40 registered in PEP

The Honourable J. Alvin Christopher (in foreground) who has represented the Second District on Tortola for the past 19 years is said to be the force behind the new political party the People’s Empowerment Party. He was fired from both the Virgin Islands Party of former Premier Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, and the now Premier Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands have been dominated since 1995 by two political parties, the Virgin Islands Party of former Premier Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, (right) and the ruling National Democratic Party of Premier Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith. It is clear that many voters are fed up with both parties as they labeled the NDP as corrupt, vindictive and has done nothing for two years and the VIP as 'dead'. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands have been dominated since 1995 by two political parties, the Virgin Islands Party of former Premier Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, (right) and the ruling National Democratic Party of Premier Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith. It is clear that many voters are fed up with both parties as they labeled the NDP as corrupt, vindictive and has done nothing for two years and the VIP as 'dead'. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Informed and reliable sources within the newly formed People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) have confirmed that they are coming out strong with a membership of over forty (40) and counting.

The source who is a key player in the new party said that the party at this stage has the strength and quality of membership that can create ‘Political history’ in the Virgin Islands come the next elections.

With names such a Honourable J. Alvin Christopher, Dancia Penn, Vernon Malone, Natalio Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru being pronounced as key players, the source said that there are many others who are less popular in the political realm.

“Those names are the ones that have to be used at the forefront at this time because the others still have to earn their daily livelihood and their names being made public at this stage would do much harm,” said the source.

Asked to explain what harm can be done to those members at this stage, the source alleged, “You know how this NDP can be very vindictive, they would use the one year and change they have in power to break those persons because they are somewhat with their hands in their mouths.”

According to the source Hon Christopher has been taking on the ‘Front role and face’ as he is one of the most senior and seasoned politicians in the new party. “They can’t touch him, but we can trust him not to leak names so being the political man he is taking the punches for us.”

Contacted Hon Christopher said, “You will get all the details you need when the time is right, I cannot and will not give any comment at this stage.”

It is said that plans are still in place for tomorrow’s Official launch Saturday March 29, 2014.

See previous story published March 24, 2014:

New political party PEP to launch March 29, 2014

-The People’s Empowerment Party expected to name its officers at launching but not its candidates

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Just as was firstly and accurately reported by Virgin Islands News Online on October 25, 2013, this news site can confirm that the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) is now the newest Virgin Islands Political Party.

According to this news site’s sources within the new group, they are expected to launch the new political party this Saturday March 29, 2014 at a ceremony at 6:00 PM at Maria’s by the Sea.

Hon J. Alvin Christopher finally has his own party after being fired from two

The driving force behind the new political party is Second District Representative Honourable J. Alvin Christopher. Mr. Christopher first ran in 1995 as an independent candidate to represent the Second District that now includes Jost Van Dyke and was successful and has never lost an election since then.

Days after his election victory in 1995 he joined the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) of then political leader H. Lavity Stoutt to give his VIP a majority to form the government.

Hon. Christopher was then named Minister for Communications and Works in the 1995 Soutt Administration. The VIP was reelected in 1999 under the leadership of now party leader Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, following the death of Hon. Stoutt in 1995 and Hon Christopher was again named Minister for Communications and Works.

Hon. Christopher was then fired by Hon O’Neal in 2002 under the VIP and in the election of 2003 ran and won with the now ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) of Premier Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith. He was named Minister for Natural Resources and Labour in the NDP Administration.

In 2006 Dr. Smith then Chief Minister fired Hon. Christopher while he had switched portfolio to Minister for Communications and Works following the death of the late Honourable Paul P. Wattley.

It is this news site’s understanding that at the launching this weekend the officers of the PEP are expected to be introduced but not the candidates to contest the next general elections due by 2015.


It remains unclear if a serious third party can emerge following the domination for the last 16 years plus of the VIP and NDP.

What is clear is the voters are fed up of the ruling National Democratic Party and many persons after two years are not better off. Many residents are facing severe economic hardship with the banks repossessing residents’ cars, lands and homes. Many of our Caribbean Brothers and Sisters had to return home to their countries of origin as the middle class has been wiped out and many young Virgin Islanders are jobless for over the last two years, with children going to school hungry, a fact confirmed by an NDP Legislator Honourable Alvera Meduro-Caines.

Meanwhile for almost two years the Premier was denying the pain and financial hardship felt by the ordinary men and women claiming that the economy is robust.

Many of the NDP critics continue to claim that nothing has been done for the pass two years, while a new culture of reckless spending, corruption and censoring the press has been the order of day. They claimed that the NDP has undermined the rule of law and played politics with every institution including the education system, Parliament, the legal system and the civil service.

Many residents are also fearful of speaking out because of the NDP’s demonstrated victimization, and telling the people untruths.

As for the VIP, while it’s still a household name many have argued that they are now ‘dead’, after not having had a meeting since their 2011 defeat at the polls. The critics claim that it is time for the 80-year old Leader Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, to step aside. However among party faithful there seems not to be a consensus on who the new leader should be.

The frontrunner appears to be the firebrand and seasoned Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3), but it appears that he still does not command national appeal according to his critics, while others strongly believe he is the right person to take the Virgin Islands out of its political, social, economic and international malaise.

55 Responses to “UPDATE: More than 40 registered in PEP”

  • wize up (24/03/2014, 19:15) Like (23) Dislike (20) Reply
    i am backing alvin 100%
  • wake up (24/03/2014, 19:33) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am just speechless!!!
    • ---------------------- (24/03/2014, 23:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Reform is government doublespeak for reboot.
    • grace (25/03/2014, 16:15) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      New Party same old faces. Let's see if there will be some fresh new younger faces and ten I will vote to give them a try. But VIP and NDP we are all sick to death of.
  • mvw (24/03/2014, 19:36) Like (31) Dislike (20) Reply
    One thing I agree with is the VIP is dead!
  • ... (24/03/2014, 19:44) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    VINO man how you break this thing so late I was just about to shut down my computer and something tell me check VINO and here it is …well saw politics already… my god..Brother Alvin good luck can’t wait to see who you’re bringing
  • cay (24/03/2014, 20:59) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
    Let's go let we do this ting Alvin ccc
  • Regretful voter (24/03/2014, 21:00) Like (24) Dislike (9) Reply
    They're all corrupt. VIP, NDP or PEP. One thing is consistent with the three. "P" is for poison. When will we awaken?
  • long look me come from (24/03/2014, 21:12) Like (20) Dislike (6) Reply
    Well Alvin for sure they will not get to fire you again....
  • family (24/03/2014, 21:30) Like (6) Dislike (17) Reply
    Go Cousin Alvin, you'll will do great.
  • same (24/03/2014, 21:37) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    Same thing under different wrapping.
  • Charley Rose (24/03/2014, 22:43) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The launch of another political party has been in the air for a long time and it is the opportune time for the launch. Since general election is not too far away, there is enough time for the new team to be introduced to the electorate. I hope they will work as a team in a united front and win the next general election.

    I want to advise them to seek spiritual guidance to avoid confusion. Except the Lord builds a house, they who built it labour in vain. The political climate needs honest and energetic candidates with new ideas to take the territory into the future. I do not know receptive Alvin is for change. Old time politics cannot work in 2014.
  • weed (24/03/2014, 23:34) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I doubt the voters will change their behavior with a new party.
  • yellow (24/03/2014, 23:47) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let me get this straight. They'll require a kangaroo country to run
  • PEP all the way (24/03/2014, 23:54) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
    It's going to be interesting watching VIP & NDP try to block this. Wonder what their reasons will be?
  • bay yute (24/03/2014, 23:57) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    I have to agree. After so many bold faced lies and obvious cover-ups. Who in their right mind would trust anyone in this NDP administration..GO ALVIN WE DOING THIS THING.
  • pat (25/03/2014, 00:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What if all of this is just bluster after all?
    • the original Pat (25/03/2014, 09:22) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
      pleeeze get your own name!!! I don't want your opinion confused with mine and I would think you would want to be original too!
      • pattie (25/03/2014, 10:26) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
        Give us your real name
      • charles (29/03/2014, 21:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Since we all use nick names what does it matter? We don't know who is writing nor do we care. This is not just your forum real pat. Just keep blogging that's all.
  • Scary Mary (25/03/2014, 05:55) Like (23) Dislike (4) Reply
    I think voting has become pointless. One bunch is just as bad as the next.
  • netsil (25/03/2014, 07:29) Like (14) Dislike (20) Reply
    I voting for v.i p. me no care who say wha
  • pic (25/03/2014, 08:22) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    another P -P is for poison. don't want to hear another thing bout a P
  • family (25/03/2014, 09:04) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Alvin to lead who, go and make things right with your people
  • David (25/03/2014, 09:22) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Same old politicians. New name.
  • jtv (25/03/2014, 09:32) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    One thing for sure NDP must go but just waiting to see what the new party will do
  • PEP all the way (25/03/2014, 09:35) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
    Very excited! Time to put some PEP in our step!
  • pep (25/03/2014, 09:55) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    "Pure Empty Promises"
  • cat bit cat (25/03/2014, 10:06) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well sir it really need a change but pppp enought with the pp.gooood thing alvin lets get this thing started right
  • yes (25/03/2014, 10:27) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    No one is worried about these beautiful islands all they want is to get rich quickly. Alvin has done nothing in his district for the years he is in politics. Will he do any different now? I don't think so.
  • Stop that Train (25/03/2014, 15:45) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is the name of your party Alvin is People Eat People really..................or Alvin and the CHIP MONK
  • Geez (25/03/2014, 17:31) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    It can't b no worse....let's c who and what he coming wid....fedup at this point!!!!
  • NOPPP (26/03/2014, 00:53) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let me think about this for a sec, Premier Alvin? Lolol thats a bucket of hug crap and we all know it. This guy is yet to tell me what has he done for the time he was in power?
  • @ NOPPP (26/03/2014, 07:49) Like (5) Dislike (12) Reply
    Ha ha young sound so stupid what is the different between a premier Alvin and a premier Myron...both ideas make me sick
    • Really? (31/03/2014, 09:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      No one is talking about Myron for premier the talk is about Alvin. Stay on the facts.
  • Yes (26/03/2014, 09:05) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    All those empty chairs, dont tell he that he is a one man army?
  • Who to choose (26/03/2014, 10:42) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Alvin Premier- Dancia Deputy Premier- Rhymer Minister of labour and agriculture- LAUGHABLE- Alvin- better get your behind with the VIP- or this is your LAST CHANCE MEH SON- the young guy MT will take you out in the Second if you are not careful- you will be the next casualty after Omar
    • @ Who to choose (27/03/2014, 01:07) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      Myron Premier (a dam cold day in hell) Mark Deputy Premier (the biggest joke of the century) and Potter (former TCP head) Minister of health, and Push Pop Minister for Education....hahahah hehehehe tell me if we would not be frankly better off under the UK take over people be honest for one min
  • JC (26/03/2014, 17:45) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    anything to get rid of the NDP.....TRUST THE PEOPLE TO VOTE THEM OUT
  • Handplaying (28/03/2014, 08:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    With these types of comments, it is clear that many lack the vision for this country. Constant fighting, back-biting and spreading ill-will for the BVI, I see nothing but playing into the hands of the Colonial Masters. If we do not see what the real picture for these islands should be, God see for the fate of our grandchildren.
    Oh, the people will be destroyed for lack of wisdom.
  • long look (28/03/2014, 09:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where are they going with bright speech and mal one? Educated, but not fit for politics!
  • well sa (28/03/2014, 10:36) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am from here but if Alvin get Preimer it is time for me to pack up and ship out.
  • AS (28/03/2014, 12:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bye bye Alvin
  • Forget it (28/03/2014, 17:19) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Even a new political party will just continue the same old routine. Why? Because BVI VOTERS are a bunch of greedy moo moos who act like 5 year olds, flocking around whoever promising them candy. People of the BVI only concerned aout their own lazy azz and what they can get off the gov't tit. Try voting for what is best for the COUNTRY not what is best for YOUR pocket.
  • Z I P- MAN (28/03/2014, 20:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    IT'S time for a strong woman leader the men are tired LET'S MAKE HISTORY!
  • wize up (29/03/2014, 07:02) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    we need to get claude and bevis on with us now !!!!!
  • Airrion (29/03/2014, 21:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't get you people. You complain about VIP and NDP and wished for a different party to run, so here they are and you are ready to shoot them down without giving them a chance. What is wrong with you? I for one will at least give them my vote and wait to see if there is a change, and then I will decide who is better or worse, but we must at least try.
    • Yeah Right (30/03/2014, 12:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You will vote in anything new sight unseen just to get out the NDP? Well speak for yourself. I think four years is too long for that kind of game. The last time we took out NDP and put back VIP in because NDP had to go. Well what did they do? They spent the country dry for that four years trying to ensure a sure in the next election and it did them no good and it nearly bury the country financially. So you take your risk on your own. At least the NDP is playing spend-all politics, and in 2014 we have to be very careful with that.

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