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WILLIAMS: ‘Splinter’ Board of Elections Group Not Conforming To Virgin Islands Code

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The nomination and election of Arturo Watlington as chairman of the V.I. Board of Elections was illegitimate and illegal, according to the minority caucus leader.

Under V.I. law, an “official action” of the Board of Elections can only be taken at a meeting called by the “chairman or by the members of the Board, at which a quorum is present by affirmative vote of a majority of its members present.” See, 18 V.I.C. § 41(h).

The purported meeting in which Watlington was purportedly elected chairman was not called by the chairman of the V.I. Board of Elections nor by the members of the V.I. Board of Elections.

Watlington was secretary of the now-former Joint Board of Elections, but there is no provision of V.I. elevating the secretary to the chair in the event of a vacancy.

“The purported meeting was not legitimately called and, as such, everything that occurred or was decided upon was improper,” said Jevon O.A. Williams, the Minority Caucus leader. “This threatens the integrity of the Board of Elections moving forward and casts a deep shadow over the election in August and November.”

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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