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Skelton-Cline says he remains trustful VI will have elections in 2023

Skelton-Cline says he remains trustful VI will have elections in 2023

Virgin Islands (VI) Talk show host and social commentator, Claude O. Skelton-Cline says he remains trustful that the VI will get its General Elections within the constitutionally mandated 2023 timeline.

Speaking as a guest on the September 30, 2022, edition of The Narrative, a regional talk show hosted by Calistra Farrier, he said while all things remain possible, should the VI not get its election it would cause ripples not only locally, but regionally and internationally.

Speaking as a guest on the September 30, 2022, edition of The Narrative, a regional talk show hosted by Calistra Farrier, he said while all things remain possible, should the VI not get its election it would cause ripples not only locally, but regionally and internationally.


Elections still due in 2023


“Constitutionally, we have an election that has to be called by May of next year. According to our constitution, the first sitting of the House since the election in 2019 was on March 12th, and 60 days from March 12. We are mandated constitutionally to have an election,” Skelton-Cline told Mrs Farrier.

Skelton-Cline pointed to unsubstituted rumors that the VI would not be allowed to have an election, saying he does not see the territory not having it.

“For us not to have an election will mean the suspension of our Constitution and that in and of itself, I do believe, will raise the consciousness of the people of this country to a level that we have not seen since the March of 1948,” he said.

VI must be given the opportunity to elect leadership - Skelton-Cline


“But I trust that it does not come to that. I trust that elections will be had by May of next year and the people, will be provided an opportunity to elect a leadership that they can trust and believe that can carry us forward to where we ought to be,” he added.

He said the VI as a people must therefore ready themselves for elections as a people come with a decisive reason as to what it is the VI needs as a country.

“We're not a Banana Republic, we are a country of laws and though along that journey, things happen... I do not believe, nor do I see any reason or evidence why there will not be an election at the constitutionally mandated time.”

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