The Virgin Islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. They became the possession of Great Britian in 1666 when the English Planters took control from the Dutch settlers and have been a British colony since 1672. The Virgin Islands became a Territory on July 1, 1956 and is currently a British Overseas Territory which falls under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom (UK).

The Constitution of the Virgin Islands provides for a Cabinet comprising the Premier, four (4) Ministers and an Attorney General (ex-officio member). The Premier is the head of government.

Elections are governed by two authorities; the Elections Act and Amendments and the Virgin Islands Constitution Order. The Elections Act was introduced in 1994 with amendments in 1998, 2003, 2007 and 2011. The Virgin Islands Constitution was introduced in 1976 with amendments in 1979, 1982, 1991, 1994, 2000 and 2007. Prior to 1976 the Constitution Order was referred to as The Virgin Islands (Emergency Powers) Order 1967.

In the Virgin Islands, a House of Assembly is elected territory wide. The executive consists of Her Majesty and a House of Assembly. Authority of the Virgin Islands shall be vested in Her Majesty. The House of Assembly (formerly called the Legislative Council prior to 2007) consists of fifteen (15) members; thirteen (13) elected representatives for a four year term, nine (9) of whom are electoral district representatives and four (4) as territorial-at-large representatives, the Attorney General (non-voting, ex officio member ) and one elected speaker. The Speaker presides over the sittings of the House. A recommended member of the Opposition, chosen by members of the opposition, is appointed by the Governor to serve as Leader of the Opposition.

General Elections are constitutionally due every four (4) years. Candidates are nominated on Nomination Day with Advance Poll and Poll Day shortly thereafter. Candidates contesting the elections do so as members of a party or as independent. If at any time within the four year term an elected representative relinquishes office or dies, a By-Election will be held to fill the vacancy and replace the member in the House of Assembly. The need for an election sooner than four years can result if the ruling party requests, or if the ruling party or coalition seems to have lost its ability to control the Government.

Persons are eligible to become registered voters at age eighteen (18) on the submission and approval of an application. Only persons who are belongers of the Virgin Islands can be approved as registered voters. A registered voter can vote for up to five (5) candidates on Advance Polling Day and Polling Day (one (1) vote in the local electoral district and four (4)votes in the territorial-at-large district). In a local electoral district, only voters registered in that district and at a particular polling station can vote there.

 

National Democratic Party

Virgin Islands Party

Progressive Virgin Islands Movement

Progressive United

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*This map shows an approximation of the district boundaries.

Election News

Governor Jaspert Issues Writs Of Election

Thursday, 31 January 2019 - 5:54pm

His Excellency the Governor Mr. Augustus J. U. Jaspert issued the Writs of Election on January 31 authorising the next steps for the 2019 General Election.

Returning Officers For 2019 General Election Appointed

Thursday, 31 January 2019 - 4:17pm

The public is notified of the appointment of Returning Officers for the upcoming General Elections scheduled for February 25.

Candidates To Declare Interests Ahead Of Nomination Day

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 - 6:00pm

Candidates contesting the upcoming general elections are urged to declare their interests before Nomination Day on February 11.

Office Hours For Voter Registration Cards To Change Effective Monday

Thursday, 24 January 2019 - 5:40pm

The Office of the Supervisor of Elections is notifying registered voters that effective Monday, January 28, photo sessions for voter identification cards will be done at the Elections Office from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. daily.

New And Transfer Voters To Register By Monday, January 28

Thursday, 24 January 2019 - 4:43pm

All persons who are eligible to be registered as voters are asked to apply to the Office of the Supervisor of Elections for inclusion in the 2019 Voter’s List by Monday, January 28. 

Governor Issues Proclamations For General Elections

Thursday, 24 January 2019 - 4:06pm

His Excellency the Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has issued two elections proclamations paving the way for the 2019 General Elections.

Photo Sessions For Voter Registration Cards On Tortola

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 - 3:08pm

Registered voters on Tortola are notified that officers from the Office of the Supervisor of Elections will be conducting photo sessions for voter registration cards.

Photo Sessions For Voter Registration Cards On Sister Islands

Monday, 14 January 2019 - 5:03pm

Registered voters of Jost Van Dyke are notified that officers from the Office of the Supervisor of Elections will be visiting Jost Van Dyke on Wednesday, January, 16 ...........

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