THE RULING NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY WINS BY LANDSLIDE — 11 OUT OF 13 REPRESENTATIVES ARE NOW NDP

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Although the official results have not been disseminated, based on the counting of the ballots, the NDP has been returned to government in the British Virgin Islands with a veritable landslide securing 11 of the 13 seats in the House of Assembly. All NDP incumbents were re-elected with a very comfortable margin and the party secured, for the first time, the 9th District (Anegada & Virgin Gorda) with enthusiastic voters for Dr. Hubert O’Neal who had been trying to unseat Hon. Ralph O’Neal for the past four elections. All the NDP At-Large candidates were returned, with Hon. Myron Walwyn getting the highest number of votes. The Party added District Two and Nine to its platform, and the NDP incumbents in District Four, Five, Six, Seven and Eight were returned with a majority ranging from high to very high.

The Virgin Islands Party under the leadership of Hon. Julian Fraser did not win any At-Large seat and district-wise incumbents Hon. Fahie and Hon. Fraser received the endorsement of their constituents, with Fahie securing a larger consensus than in the past; the Third District hower had a serious challenger, NDP Kevin Smith, who lacked about 40-50 votes to unsaddle incumbent Fraser.

The NDP called an early election, six months ahead of the forecast date, after it completed major projects including the Cruise Pier Expansion Project and the new Peebles Hospital. Although over six months ago the VIP had been warned by its statesman Ralph O’Neal that the NDP was planning a snap election it did not act on it and was caught unprepared and by surprise a month ago when the NDP announced the early election with the Governor dissolving the House of Assembly on 1 May.

None of the Independent parties and smaller parties secured a seat.

The BVI has a population of about 32,000 and its economy is based on the financial offshore sector and tourism.

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