New BVI government to be sworn today
The National Democratic Party captured nine of the 13 seats in Monday’s general elections leaving the former governing Virgin Islands Party with four district seats.
ROAD TOWN, BVI, Wednesday November 9, 2011 - A new government will be sworn into office today, two days after the former main opposition National Democratic Party (NDP) scored a resounding victory at the polls.
Premier-elect and Minister of Finance Dr. D. Orlando Smith and other government ministers are due to take the oath of office at a ceremony this afternoon.
The NDP captured nine of the 13 seats in the general election leaving the former governing Virgin Islands Party with four district seats, down from its previous 11.
In his victory speech, the 67-year-old NDP leader urged residents to set aside political differences and work in the interest of the country.
“I call on all who care about our Virgin Islands, no matter your party affiliation, your ethnicity or country of origin to join with us in moving this country forward. There is much work to do and we will need your help, your input, your ideas and your involvement,” he said.
The incoming premier thanked the youth for their support, stating they were central to the party’s campaign.
He also vowed to maintain open lines of communication with residents.
“We will continue to keep in touch with you and we hope you will continue to respond to us and to let us know what we’re doing right and what you think we’re doing wrong. We learnt the hard way of doing otherwise four years ago and will not repeat that error again,” the NDP leader stated.