Amid rumours that the Government of National Unity does not support having the general election due next year, Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley dispelled that notion during a press conference last Friday.
The Premier hit out at commentators who he described as blatantly spreading falsehood on the airwaves. He dismissed their actions as completely irresponsibly and self-serving.
“Let me take this opportunity to also dispel another falsehood. Recently some persons have publicly stated that the Government of National Unity would not support having a general election when it is constitutionally due. This is absolutely not true,” Dr Wheatley said.
“What we have said is that there will not be an early snap election. There will be a General Election within the constitutionally established period for the election to take place. We of course encourage everyone who is not registered to do so,” the Premier added.
Dr Wheatley noted that the territory must remain united and have a sense of common purpose. He further said the government is steadfast in implementing the recommended Commission of Inquiry
reforms in a timely manner so there is no time for partisanship.
This is not the first time Dr Wheatley has expressed concerns about negative reporting by some members of the local media fraternity on the actions of the new Government of National Unity under his leadership.
In late May, the Premier had issued a statement on what he said was a false report by a radio personality that he had issued an $80,000 contract to advance a GIS Public Television programme. At that time, the Premier called on members of the media and the public to be responsible when disseminating information during a time when the Virgin Islands
needs to maintain stability. Dr
Wheatley reiterated those calls on Friday.