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People's Empowerment Party (PEP)

The People's Empowerment Party (PEP) is a political party in the British Virgin Islands, led by House of Assembly member for the second district Alvin Christopher. Mr Christopher has previously been elected as a representative of the Virgin Islands Party, the National Democratic Party and as an independent.

The party was launched on 29 March 2014. The inaugural executive committee of the party included former People's Patriotic Alliance (PPA) member, Natalio Wheatley (also known as Sowande Uhuru) as president; Elford Parsons, vice-president; Claudette Rymer, secretary; Julia Christopher, assistant secretary; Dennis Rhymer, treasurer; Lorie Rymer, public relations officer; Sunny Prince, sergeant-at -arms; and Glanville Penn, chaplain. Mr Christopher is the chairman and leader of the new party.The introduction of the party to the public included a blistering attack during on the former administration of the Virgin Islands Party, which is the party that a number of the PEP members formerly had ties to.

Plans for the new political party were announced in the press in August 2013, although private discussions may have occurred much earlier.

Apart from Mr Christopher, only Mr Wheatley and Mr Rymer had previously stood for political office (both unsuccessfully). To date the new party has not announced any other candidates for seats in the next general election. In the press it has been speculated that proposed candidates may include former elected VIP politicians Dancia Penn and Vernon Malone. The party has announced that it intends to contest all 13 seats in the next general election, although it has not yet confirmed any candidates.

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Founded 2014
Leader Alvin CHRISTOPHER
Party Colour Yellow
Party Symbol Shaking hands
Legislative Assembly seats - 2015 0/13
 
Status Active
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