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Elections Minority Caucus Asks For Help From AG Walker Over Bifurcation of Board

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Board of Elections minority caucus has formally requested the legal representation and services of Attorney General Claude Earl Walker to protect the integrity of this year’s election.

The formal request by the Republicans came from minority caucus leader Jevon O.A. Williams. It follows last week’s controversial purported meeting of the Board Elections, which was full of irregularities and included the wrongful ejection of an attorney from Walker’s office.

“If you have a conflict, we ask you to immediately recuse your office, erect a so-called Chinese wall and appoint a special assistant or deputy attorney general to represent us as officeholders in the executive branch of the  government of the Virgin Islands,” Williams, R­-St. Croix, said in his letter sent today to Walker.

A recent binding legal opinion from Walker determined that the Board of Elections must affirmatively revisit each and every action or decision taken by the now-dissolved district and joint elections boards between August 1, 2017, and the V.I. Supreme Court’s ruling affirming the newly-formed, territory-wide board.

The minority caucus consists of Williams, Harriet Mercer, R-St. Thomas, and Robert Max Schanfarber, R-St. Thomas.

To read more on this subject in the Virgin Islands Free Press:

https://vifreepress.com/2018/06/senator-sarauw-calls-out-v-i-elections-board-over-proposed-split-into-committees/

https://vifreepress.com/2018/06/self-proclaimed-chair-watlington-ejects-ags-attorney-from-controversial-1st-elections-meeting/

https://vifreepress.com/2018/06/williams-splinter-board-of-elections-group-not-conforming-to-virgin-islands-code/

https://vifreepress.com/2018/06/st-thomas-democrats-block-access-to-elections-board-meeting-from-republicans-on-st-croix/

https://vifreepress.com/2018/06/schanfarber-meeting-tried-to-recreate-separate-election-districts-by-calling-them-committees/

https://vifreepress.com/2018/06/constitutional-crisis-rogue-st-thomas-elections-board-members-hijacked-meeting/

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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