Territorial At-Large Representative, Shereen Flax-Charles has joined forces with the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM).
She will not be seeking to retain her seat as a Territorial At-Large candidate but rather joins the party as its political candidate for the Ninth Electoral District where she will face off against her former party-mate Vincent Wheatley.
The move comes weeks after she announced her split from the Virgin Islands
Party (VIP) after noting that her views no longer aligned with that party.
When asked why she chose the PVIM over the VIP or the National Democratic Party, Flax-Charles highlighted the courteousness and graciousness she has received from Second District Representative, Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull who is a founding member of the PVIM.
“He has been the only person that hasn’t double-crossed me, that hasn’t disrespected me,” said Flax-Charles today, adding that she feels comfortable and safe among the PVIM’s party members. “It is very important as a woman that I am comfortable in the space that I’m in.”
The PVIM, led by Ronnie Skelton, launched its campaign today, February 24 for the upcoming general elections, announcing that it wants to return hope, accountability, and integrity to the people of the BVI.
Skelton, who was joined by Flax-Charles and Labour Minister Turnbull at a press conference today, said the PVIM currently has seven candidates to contest the upcoming polls.
Skelton said an expected merger between his party and the National Democratic Party is unlikely to happen and said the party is expected to reveal other candidates in the coming days.
Elections are constitutionally due by mid-May of this year.
PVIM members and political candidates from left: Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull, Ronnie Skelton, Shereen Flax-Charles.