No Discussions On Future Elections

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By Sonje Greenidge, Journalist

Updated 11:00 AM AST, Tue May 17, 2022

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The multi-party Unity Government Cabinet.
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(PLTM) - Dr. Natalio Wheatley, Premier and Minister of Finance, in a press conference on Friday May 13th provided explanations about why there were no consultations with the public before the proposal on the intended governmental reforms was submitted to the United Kingdom.

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According to Dr. Wheatley, the reason for this was due to time constraints.

“The proposal that has gone forward is a proposal affirming our commitment to implement the reforms,” Dr. Wheatley stated.

He stated that over the last few weeks, the events that transpired happened quickly.

“We had to gather ourselves, had to meet, had to devise a strategy and we had to negotiate with Minister Milling by that same Monday,” Dr. Wheatley said.

He also argued that the people of the Virgin Islands are in support with the reforms being implemented, and the proposal sent to the United Kingdom (UK) are in alignment with the recommendations in the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report, which is accessible to the public.

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Dr. Wheatley reported that the National Unity Government will have detailed discussions with the Virgin Islands public about the changes that are necessary for improved good governance in due course.

However, he reaffirmed that the priority and main focus for his government remains the preventing the temporary and partial suspension of the constitution.

“What the people also have to recognize is Recommendation A1, which speaks about the partial suspension of our constitution. That takes us back close to 200 years,” the Premier stated.

He added, “In order for us not to go back to that, we have to have a firm commitment to implementing those recommendations.”

Dr. Wheatley also revealed that he thinks that the recommendations are reasonable and relevant, based on the findings presented in the CoI hearings.

In the press conference, Dr. Wheatley also announced that there have been no discussions with other members of the government on elections, which were constitutionally due by February 2023.

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Dr. Wheatley confirmed that the decisions on if and when general elections will occur is solely the UK’s decision.

“Those are decisions for the United Kingdom and the Governor to make right now. They have a decision to make about whether they are going to impose direct rule or not. If they impose direct rule, there will be no elections in the Virgin Islands and people will not have a choice as to who will represent their interests, there will be no House of Assembly, there will be no cabinet,” Dr. Wheatley confirmed.

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Curious
Who is running this country at the moment? What is the plan to move forward?
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Jim
Actually. No one While a coalition government has been in place since Dear Leader was arrested, there is no one running the show. We are leaderless while everyone waits for to step in. Welcome to the new BVI. Banana republic of the Virgin Islands
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Jim
Our leaders are self appointed, not elected by the people. This is called a dictatorship. We have gone from bad to worse
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Jah
Omg. You are so correct
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Musa
Great news clear and semple to understand our choices
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Silent Majority
Don't let us down Britain.
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Hammi
They coming soon
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ThinkingCap
Get to the people before you make any decision, not after the fact. You need the help of the people moving forward else you won't have any power to make decisions in your own country.
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Lucky
this is the time for virgin gorda to have its own administration. we don't need to be kissing any tortola leader **** for what we need to better our island. tortola have all the corruption, drugs, guns, robbery, killing and every bad thing going on in this territory. vg is advanced enough to have a governing body on its own. we have to ask for things to get our daily work done and wait until the head office in tortola wants to give it. this is stone age and until we stand for what we believe in or want we will forever take what they push on us. crap. look at st.kitts and nevis / st.vincent and the grenadines. we virgin gordians need to pull together and do for our island, forget about tortola and **** tolians.
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Jah
I agree. We should break away and be on our own. No need for tola foolery. They worship snakes and the devil and witchcraft. No faith there anymore
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Fight Gone
A MAKE SHIFT GOVERNMENT
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Common Sense
Yes, the people of the territory are indeed in favor of the COI recommendations which include suspension of the Constitution. Accordingly, they are not supportive of your unity government proposal, they want you relieved of government duties, dont confuse the two.
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Crystalis
How can we be supportive when no information is been given to us as a people, they only thing we as a people recieves are the crust of the bread and never what is inside, we cannot be in support unless more is divulged, thus far my grade for the unity government is a "C"
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Pathetic
No brother ... you and your fellow elected reps took us back '200 years'. Not the UK. I don't want direct rule either, but each and every idiotic word thar comes from your mouth shows your inability to prioritize what needs done and your proclivity to blame other for the position our elected members put us in over the last few decades. Wake the heck up and deal with the 'here and now' problems this country faces. No one wants to hear you're not making decisions because you're waiting on the UK. Never stopped you guys before! But now, the big bad UK is the problem, not every other domestic issue staring you and your new Gov't group in the face?
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From Bad To Worst
BVI we are in trouble
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Lucky
bvi not in trouble, the people who are in the corruption and drug rings are in trouble. get them all out. from church ministers, government ministers, private contractors, rvipf officers, other gov. law enforcement officers, bankers, business men and women of the territory, the ones that feel they are untouchable. and the list goes on. they are in trouble not the bvi. be satified with what you have. god took a fish and a loaf and feed a army. you all want to take a army to fit in your pockets. greed, greed, greed....
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Law Abiding Virgin Islander
I would like to say here that an opportunity to return to the polls to elect law abiding, God fearing individuals is what is paramount for our country's future. Those elected officials complicit in matters discovered during the COI should not be eligible for reelection. Even if not found to be complicit by the COI and they know that their hands are dirty and they were aware of some of the very disgusting facts that are being revealed and said nothing, they should be respectful with country at heart and step aside. While some ask for UK Rule, it is not the best outcome for these British Virgin Islands, nor is Independence at this juncture. As a people we have weathered many storms and were able to get right back up and continue on by God's grace and his mercies. The storms of 2017 and the COVID outbreaks are good examples of this. We were knocked down and many of our citizens died after these disasters, but we fought on. We are not in need now of anyone to come and rescue us. We were raised on Biblical foundations. We know what is right and good. We know what kind of citizens we have in our majority, fighters for good over evil. So let us fight for our country. Let us pray for our country. Let God reign in our midst. The ugly scourge of greed has risen its head, but there is nothing too much for God. Let us fight through prayer the evil forces that are among us to destroy our livelihood. We can do it. We can save ourselves. We do not need strangers to save us who may not have our wellbeing at heart. Pray for your country and let us have elections next year. God is able.
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