British Virgin Islands general election, 2011

British Virgin Islands general election, 2011

2007 ←
November 7, 2011 (2011-11-07)
→ 2015

All seats in the British Virgin Islands House of Assembly
7 seats needed for a majority

68.8% (est.)

First party
Second party


Orlando Smith
Ralph T. O’Neal

National Democratic Party
Virgin Islands Party

Leader since

Leader’s seat
9th District

Last election
2 seats, 39.6%
10 seats, 45.2%

Seats before

Seats won

Seat change



Premier before election
Ralph T. O’Neal
Virgin Islands Party

Elected Premier
Orlando Smith
National Democratic Party

The British Virgin Islands general election, 2011 was held in the British Virgin Islands on 7 November 2011.[1] The result was a decisive victory for the opposition National Democratic Party (NDP) led by Orlando Smith over the incumbent Virgin Islands Party (VIP), led by Premier Ralph T. O’Neal.[2] No minor parties or independent candidates won any seats.


1 Background
2 Results

2.1 District seats
2.2 Territorial At-Large Seats

3 Aftermath
4 Sources
5 Footnotes

The House of Assembly was dissolved on 13 September 2011, by the Governor, Mr William Boyd McCleary, on advice from the Premier. However, the date of the election was not announced until 23 September 2011.
Premier Ralph O’Neal confirmed that he would lead his party at the 2011 general election, even though he would turn 78 shortly after the election, and would be 82 at the end of the term of office (if re-elected).
Second district representative, Alvin Christopher (who received the highest percentage of votes for a territorial candidate (75.9%) in the 2007 election) announced that he would run for the Virgin Islands Party. Mr Christopher has formerly run for the VIP, the NDP and as an independent candidate.
Although the ruling Virgin Islands Party had a huge majority following the 2007 election the intervening years had been characterised by difficult economic times, and a series of natural disasters had hit the Territory damaging its infrastructure. Both of these events led to criticism being directed towards the ruling Government.
The 2011 general election was largely a complete reversal of the 2007 election. Whereas in 2007 everything seemed to go the way of the VIP, in 2011 every closely conteste