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The Opposition parties believe the key to winning the General Elections is to remove Hon. Myron Walwyn from the race. The Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP) believes that the recent increase in nasty tactics is a clear sign that his opponents are running scared.
“Let me be clear, I am still in the race. I cannot recall seeing Mark Vanterpool crying and I will lead this new NDP team to victory on February 25. I know that our opponents are scared. I know that they believe their key to election victory is to get me out of the way. And I know that their attacks will continue over the next few weeks,” Hon. Walwyn said in Purcell Estate on Thursday, February 7.
Hon. Walwyn commented that he is impressed by the fact that they are after him, because it says that he has value.
“You don’t go after dead people. But I will offer some words of advice to them tonight. The way to win elections in this country is very simple, do your work, be honest, be accessible and approachable, and the people will continue to vote you in. I can say that I have exhibited all of those qualities. So, no matter what you do, I will not go home until the people of the BVI say it is time for me to do so,” he related.
The At Large Representative said that they have seen the actions of desperate people over the past weeks, using memes on WhatsApp and other divisive tools to plant seeds of doubt and fear in voters.
“Many of them live in glass houses, they are so desperate that they have become obsessed with throwing stones. The downright unprecedented nastiness coming from our opponents is out of step with the tradition of BVI politics. It is also out of step with our character and values as a people.”
“Values that emphasize civility and mutual respect, nevermind our disagreements or how we may feel about each other. At the end of the day, we are a small community, related to each other in countless instances, and, after this election, we still have to live here and cooperate with each other,” he emphasized.
Hon. Walwyn said that residents have seen how seriously he took his responsibilities as Minister of Education and Culture, and it will be no different when he becomes Premier.
“But I urge you the people to send a strong message to them on February 25, that the people of the Virgin Islands do not appreciate their reckless calls and vulgar behavior. It is not us. It is not of us and we ain’t taking it,” he stated.