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AG to advise on Vanterpool seat fiasco – Gov Jaspert

-Says yet to receive formal indication that D4 seat is vacant
“My goal in this as Governor, would be if we got to a point, would be to ensure there is representation… to issue a writ of a by-election, if there was a vacancy. Now at the moment, we haven’t formally gotten to a point where I would; there’s no formal indication for me to move forward on a By-Election,” he said. Photo: VINO/File
Meanwhile, questions to the Speaker of the HoA, Mr Julian Willock in an invited comment to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) on whether he intends to formally write the Governor to indicate that the D4 seat is vacant went unanswered up to publication time. Photo: Facebook/File
Meanwhile, questions to the Speaker of the HoA, Mr Julian Willock in an invited comment to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) on whether he intends to formally write the Governor to indicate that the D4 seat is vacant went unanswered up to publication time. Photo: Facebook/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following Mark H. Vanterpool’s (R4) flip-flopping of his resignation from the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA) on March 14, 2019, Governor of the Virgin Islands, His Excellency Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’ says he is yet to receive formal notice of the vacant District 4 seat and is seeking legal advice on the fiasco.

The Governor at a March 15, 2019, press conference further stated that until formal indication is given, only then will he decide what to do with regards to a way forward for the matter, which is to issue a writ of a by-election.

No Formal Indication 

“My goal in this as Governor, would be if we got to a point, would be to ensure there is representation… to issue a writ of a by-election if there was a vacancy. Now at the moment, we haven’t formally gotten to a point where I would; there’s no formal indication for me to move forward on a by-election,” he said.

According to Governor Jaspert, Hon Vanterpool—who resigned suddenly citing person reasons—indicated to him that a letter was given to the HoA Clerk of his intention to resign to which he indicated that once formal notice is given that the District 4 seat is vacant, he will move forward.

The Governor reiterated, “It is only when there is a formal notification that I will move forward…. I will be guided by the constitution and the laws of the territory,” he said while noting that advice is being sought from the Attorney General who is currently looking at the issue. 

Speaker maintaining position?  

Meanwhile, questions to the Speaker of the HoA, Mr Julian Willock in an invited comment to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) on whether he intends to formally write the Governor to indicate that the D4 seat is vacant, went unanswered up to publication time.

However, the speaker in a press release dated Thursday, March 14, 2019, indicated that on March 5, 2019, he received Mr Vanterpool’s resignation letter referred to him, to which he has since accepted in accordance with the Virgin Islands Constitution 2007.

11 Responses to “AG to advise on Vanterpool seat fiasco – Gov Jaspert ”

  • wize up (16/03/2019, 11:53) Like (24) Dislike (8) Reply
    this NDP have caused so much this and that in the territory(one could only imagine what another 4 year) might have done to the British Virgin Islands) to much mix-up-up !!!!!
  • concern (16/03/2019, 14:43) Like (17) Dislike (11) Reply
    When someone decides to venture into anything is to victorious. Mark! When you was out campaigning every night your intentions was for your party to win. If you had any other motives you have proven it and you took the entire territory for a hell of a ride. Even though you have apologized in my heart of hearts it says a great deal about you. It says to the young generation which I’m not
    ☑️ These older men a not roll model to follow
    ☑️ Their word is not their bond
    ☑️ You are a player
  • Politics (16/03/2019, 15:19) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply

    If the Speaker is so sure that he’s correct why dont that person write to the Governor and say the sea is vacant.

  • facts (16/03/2019, 18:28) Like (19) Dislike (29) Reply
    We with the speaker keep him out go to a by election
  • Strange (16/03/2019, 20:00) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    There has to be something serious going on in Mark private life and we the public just don't know what it is. This whole thing of resigning a week after being elected and then a mind change don't sound right.
  • bat man (16/03/2019, 21:08) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Willock you jammi
  • Looks bad (17/03/2019, 12:32) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    Every body involved looks stupid... The only Sense and Sensible thing I've heard came from the News man Zan at the Governor press conference . The Governor in his position with his authority was not impressive .He kept dodging and transfer the weight to the AG....As stupid as Mark action was he is in the right ...1st the speaker cannot accept what didn't address to him....2nd Mark changes his mind which is a right all of us have and do a lot ....3rd The governor wasn't inform of a vacant seat ..What the hell is there for the AG to say more that to take the blame .. The Governor should have just say he wasn't informed of a vacancy in the house so as far as he is concern there is no vacancy ...These games OMG
  • Tylarik (18/03/2019, 07:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    For political reasons with people's minds they play.
  • @@@ (18/03/2019, 09:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What AG advice he looking. The same AG advising the Rep for the District what to do


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