TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Friday May 8, 2015 – The two major political parties have finalized their slate of candidates and started their election campaigns, following the announcement that citizens of the British Virgin Islands will vote for a new government next month.
Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith announced Wednesday night that polling day would be June 8.
The announcement follows his report to the country a few days earlier that the BVI had returned to positive economic growth.
“This government has been performing and because we have been performing and have done so well for this country, we feel that it’s time for us to come to the country, come to the people of this country, and say ‘we want to continue to manage your affairs’,” the premier told those gathered in Road Town for a National Democratic Party (NDP) rally.
He also introduced the party’s 12 candidates for the upcoming elections.
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The NDP is seeking a second consecutive term in office.
The main opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP), led by Julian Fraser, has selected its candidates; while the fledgling People’s Empowerment Party (PEP), which is making its election debut, is trying to find a full slate of candidates, so far only announcing two.
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Two independent candidates are also throwing their hat into the ring.
The last elections were held in November 2011 when the NDP won nine of the seats in the 13-member Parliament.