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VI months away from elections with no active campaigning- Skelton-Cline

-says ‘quietness is a little disturbing,’ given timeline & closeness to polling day
Talk show host, Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called disturbing, the silence of politicians and political parties in the Virgin Islands as the date for the constitutionally due Elections in early 2023 is just months away. Photo: Facebook/File
Dr Kedrick D. Pickering has said he is willing to do his part to build a government that will ensure that the VI has the best representation that it can offer in these difficult times. Photo: Facebook
Dr Kedrick D. Pickering has said he is willing to do his part to build a government that will ensure that the VI has the best representation that it can offer in these difficult times. Photo: Facebook
Controversial talk show host Rosemary Cindy Rosan also said she will run as an Independent At-Large candidate under an “authentic” platform aimed at building a better Virgin Islands. Photo: Facebook
Controversial talk show host Rosemary Cindy Rosan also said she will run as an Independent At-Large candidate under an “authentic” platform aimed at building a better Virgin Islands. Photo: Facebook
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called disturbing, the silence of politicians and political parties in the Virgin Islands, as the date for the constitutionally due elections in early 2023 is just months away.

Referred to as ‘Talking Season’ as a colloquial term in the VI, long before elections local political would begin their pitch for votes whether there are contesting as a District Representative or on the At-Large front.

Date still to be announced 

However, even as elections loom with a date still to be announced, Skelton-Cline, during the Tuesday, September 13, 2022, edition of his ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio talk show, said the silence is unusual.

“I know that some of you will find it curious that here we are 8-9 months max away from an election and we are not hearing anything from your traditional party politicians and political parties about elections.”

He continued, “We are not hearing, we're not seeing anything in regards to something that looks like, sounds like campaign. I find it quite curious.”

Early in 2022, Ex Virgin Islands Youth Party (VIYP) member Kevon S. Lettsome announced that he would be contesting District 7 under the National Democratic Party (NDP).

Dr Kedrick D. Pickering also announced he would be re-contesting the 7th District, after 'learning his lesson.'

No full slate of party candidates 

Other persons who have announced their bid for public office include businessman Lesmore Smith and Shaina M. Smith-Archer, who both contested under the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) in 2019, along with NDP Radio co-host Bevin S. George.

Controversial talk show host Rosemary Cindy Rosan also said she will run as an Independent At-Large candidate under an “authentic” platform aimed at building a better Virgin Islands.

Skelton-Cline added that while some persons have indicated they will be running for office, independently or with party affiliation, he said almost non-existent campaigning by parties is usual.

He rhetorically questioned his mostly passive radio audience on their thoughts surrounding the absence of campaigning.

“Is a little disturbing, If nothing else.. unusual. Given the timeframe and the timeline in which an election should be had and we're not hearing anything,” he added.

10 Responses to “VI months away from elections with no active campaigning- Skelton-Cline”

  • jack (14/09/2022, 10:17) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    They could stay quiet we still voting them out!!"
  • Governor deh pun top (14/09/2022, 11:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Constitution changed, the fool is always the last to know.
  • justin (14/09/2022, 11:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    why dont cline form his own party lets get it on my friend put money where your mouth is
  • NO ELECTION (14/09/2022, 11:59) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    There will be no election, we are under direct rule, thank to you.
  • MR SLICK (14/09/2022, 12:57) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    THIS WANNABE HOLY MAN IS ONLY INTERESTED IN POLITICS / AND NOT A WORD ABOUT ( G O D ) THIS SWEET TALKING FAKE CONSULTANT , REALLY ENJOY FOOLING PEOPLE , INCLUDING HIMSELF ,/ AND HAS NO SHAME WHATSOEVER
  • ? (14/09/2022, 13:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Evil, pure evil.
  • voter (14/09/2022, 14:31) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm voting to deport all pastors that talk too much on the radio!
  • 911 (14/09/2022, 17:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    They trying to delay the election and say it’s the governor who wants the poppy show government there for another 2 years
  • Swines. (14/09/2022, 18:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The people, the system are unclean, they better off stay away and stay in their closets. I done realize sownade don't want election, he working with the governor to either perspone election or the constitution .
  • consultant (15/09/2022, 09:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's in the Campaigning the CONSULTANT collects his dough for his Pizzas. wink!


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