The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) congress is to meet in a private meeting this Sunday to, among other things, elect a new chairman to take the party into General Elections.
Constitutionally, general elections must be held in the territory before May 12.
Apart from electing a chairman, highly-placed sources say the 76 delegates will also be seeking to elect a President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Public Relations Officer (PRO) and Assistant PRO.
Sources also said that so far, two persons could be contesting the position of chairman of the party. The first is Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley, who is the current chairman after being voted in last April to replace former Premier Andrew Fahie
. The other contender is Opposition legislator Carvin Malone who is a long-standing member of the party who has previously served as president.
In the meantime, sources have also indicated that a meeting will be held this week with the party’s Secretary to confirm the names of persons who intend to contest the various positions. As it relates to the post of chairman, persons can be nominated from the floor during the time of meeting. Observers wishing to attend must send a notice to the Secretary to be included on a list. This would then need to be approved by the VIP’s executive.
The party’s executive is yet to decide on a venue for Sunday’s meeting.