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Gov informed twice of D4 seat vacancy – Speaker Willock

...Says awaiting By-election date
New speaker of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Julian Willock today in a press release unveiled that he is sticking to his decision with the acceptance on Mark H. Vanterpool’s resignation from the HoA and has taken formal steps to declare that the seat is vacant. Photo: Facebook
Hon Willock said, “Additionally, I have advised His Excellency the Governor Mr. Augustus Jaspert in writing on two occasions that there is a vacancy for representation in the Fourth Electoral District in the House of Assembly, as Mr Vanterpool followed through on his expressed intent and did not show up on 12th March 2019 to be sworn in as an elected Member.” Photo: VINO/File
Hon Willock said, “Additionally, I have advised His Excellency the Governor Mr. Augustus Jaspert in writing on two occasions that there is a vacancy for representation in the Fourth Electoral District in the House of Assembly, as Mr Vanterpool followed through on his expressed intent and did not show up on 12th March 2019 to be sworn in as an elected Member.” Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – New speaker of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Julian Willock, in a press release unveiled that he is sticking to his decision with regards to the acceptance of Mark H. Vanterpool’s resignation from the HoA and has taken formal steps to declare that the seat is vacant.

The Speaker in the release sent out today, Monday, March 25, 2019, from his office says that the resignation stands and that the Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI) has been informed formally in two instances of the vacancy in the D4 seat.

Ruling stands

“My ruling of 13th March 2019 to accept Mr Mark H. Vanterpool’s letter of resignation dated 5th March 2019 still stands,” speaker Willock affirmed.

He said, “Additionally, I have advised His Excellency the Governor Mr. Augustus Jaspert in writing on two occasions that there is a vacancy for representation in the Fourth Electoral District in the House of Assembly, as Mr Vanterpool followed through on his expressed intent and did not show up on 12th March 2019 to be sworn in as an elected Member.”

According to the Speaker, “I trust that Governor Jaspert will not allow the people of District Four to go without a district representative for much longer. It was unfortunate that the people of District Five, following the passing of Honourable Delores Christopher, had to wait five months for a new district representative."

Governor to call By-election

The HoA Speaker was adamant that he knows the Governor values the democracy of the Virgin Islands (VI) and the role it plays in good governance and improving lives. Hon Willock further says, “So we await a By-election date, which under the constitution, can only be called by him.”

25 Responses to “Gov informed twice of D4 seat vacancy – Speaker Willock ”

  • sah (25/03/2019, 18:11) Like (45) Dislike (36) Reply

    Swear in the man... read the constitution.

    • @sah (25/03/2019, 19:13) Like (22) Dislike (45) Reply
      Since you seem to be the Speaker why you don’t swear him in?
    • Sha Sha (25/03/2019, 19:56) Like (47) Dislike (26) Reply
      I am not either for no parties but willock want to show himself the governor need to put his foot down and just swear in the 4 district cause this pulling and hauling wasting people time . He read and coated the constitution for himself the letter was not address to him be a man and swear him in.
      • BVI Rise (26/03/2019, 10:03) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
        @ Sha Sha, I understand what you are saying, but the law and constitution document are very integral documents that only those read and study such would know what they are talking about. The general public is mostly ignorant about the laws so let those who know the law deal with this matter. Furthermore, Mr. Vanterpool and his party leader, (a lawyer by profession) both know the constitution and MR. Vanterpool knew who to submit the letter to. So why did he submit the letter knowingly to the wrong person??? It does not take a genius to figure out why, they are trying to play secure power, especially for their party leader who was not re-elected but cannot come to the reality that the majority of voters have spoken loud and clear that they do not want him at this time. Mr. Vanterpool seems to have this for a joke, the world is watching us and watching our every move. Let the course of the law take precedence in this matter. Yes, it is about time we move on, put Mr. Vanterpool in or not, if he wants to change his mind again, trust me he would change it...but we cannot have elected members behaving so lawlessly in our territory. The Speaker of the HOA has a job to do, so we the people need to allow him to do it and if he knowingly acts outside of the law, it will be to his detriment, but if he is acting within the law, let him go ahead...justice must prevail...
  • hog city (25/03/2019, 18:48) Like (36) Dislike (45) Reply
    The best speaker ever they think Willock is any toy boy they will hear
  • Wendy (25/03/2019, 19:35) Like (41) Dislike (22) Reply
    With all due respect Mr Willock,. The Gov has the last word. Please pick your battles wisely.
  • @hog city (25/03/2019, 19:44) Like (23) Dislike (16) Reply
    And will destroy the whole country in The process
  • #@@ (25/03/2019, 19:57) Like (43) Dislike (21) Reply
    I totally agree with the speaker on this one. If Mark had shown up on the first day of work , then that would have been different. After not reporting to work on March 12, the Speaker accepted that Mark was serious on March 13 and moved on. What the fuck are we running here? Nobody would conduct their business as a play house. This is what Mark wanted in the first place.

    There is too much to be done in this country . We don't have time to play this bull sh_t with Mark.

    To top it off, Mark went public with what he first wanted. He didn't miss a beat. He wanted the whole world to get it. Only a crazy man would come back with this nonsense.

    What we should be doing is, get Mark the medical help that he needs.
  • Great Job Speaker! (25/03/2019, 20:04) Like (40) Dislike (16) Reply
    Mr. Vanterpool thinks that this is all a game. You can’t do this kind of thing at any business place, your boss would point you to the door. This nation is not a toy to play with when you feel in the mood to.
    • True Story (26/03/2019, 05:47) Like (38) Dislike (12) Reply
      MY room mate kept opening my mails. I went to the post office to apply for a new po.box and I explained that my room mate kept opening my mails I was advice to take it up with the police if I wish to because no one has the right to open any mails that doesn't address to them without permission to do so.....Beg the question . How does the speaker get possession of a mail that wasn't address to him? Who gave him the authority to open it ...
      • @true story (26/03/2019, 09:54) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
        You need to read and understand before you post none sense the clark of the house gave the letter to the speaker on the 13 th the day after the swearing in of the Ministers
  • Scardo (25/03/2019, 20:52) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    Only the people are caught up in this ya tug-o-war game.
  • i from here (25/03/2019, 21:31) Like (9) Dislike (30) Reply
    Hon Fahie you made a wise decision in having mr Willock as house speaker

    Any other person would have already caved. Clap clap to the esteemed big Shame on mark and marlon
  • yes yes yes (25/03/2019, 22:06) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    In the beginning mark decided he was not running then he ran then he resigned then he decided not to be sworn in then he wants to be sworn in
    I can understand some of you who is just caught up in the denial of mark and the NDP and the wrong that they has done to this country and the disrespect to the voting constituents in this country but that is up to the few of you but for the rest of the voting majority it’s tine to move on with the people’s work you just can’t have it your way all the time those bollards $2.5 million dollars for bollards to tie up the cruise ships $2.5 million dollars that alone needs to be investigated if you think the wall was bad look into that .
  • The TRUTH (25/03/2019, 23:57) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water.
  • Sad . Wrong . Bad (26/03/2019, 05:33) Like (39) Dislike (5) Reply
    Bad Start for VIP. Its an unnecessary fight . They will lose . The speaker is wrong . Very wrong . Too stubborn . One cannot Legally accept something that wasn't or didn't address to him or her ... This is elementary, common sense .. Simple as. ABC ... Quit the bull nonsense end the drama and swear the man in lets move on
    • @ sad wrong bad (26/03/2019, 11:32) Like (4) Dislike (14) Reply
      for god sake Mr. Willock is the best for this job and he is right on point!
  • asking for a friend (26/03/2019, 06:36) Like (17) Dislike (11) Reply
    Mark can still run in the by election so what’s the big deal?
  • Well (26/03/2019, 10:59) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Since this boils to to a question of law then let a Judge decide so we all know the correct position going forward. If anyone other than a Judge decides the proper interpretation it will be considered wrong by some. Let the Court decide. We the people want to know what us the correct position.
    • Me (26/03/2019, 13:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Agreed, let the Court decide. The people needs to know the correct interpretation. Leave out politics from this one.
    • boy blue (26/03/2019, 13:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We the people do not have money to throw away on elementary commonsense drivel .
      The Gov decision to not call a By Election is his right and takes precedence.
  • Deh Watcha (26/03/2019, 11:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another political fiasco this is.
  • Charley Rose (26/03/2019, 13:21) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is rather unfortunate that we are discussing this matter today. It was Hon. Mark Vanterpool decision to resign after the General Election. When one look at the matter closely, whether there was an elected speaker or not, the letter was delivered to the House of Assembly and its contents were very clear. Hon. Vanterpool has resigned that is the bottom line.

    Why are we beating ourselves as to the clarity of the letter and to whom it must be delivered to. The House of Assembly is the intended recipient. Furthermore, Hon. Vanterpool made a public statement to the territory that he is no longer interested in represent the constituency. It is clear and there should be no doubt. Hon. Leader of the opposition is playing with words and trying to deceive the public as his party did over past eight years. The recording of Hon. Vanterpool speech to the territory where he said publicly that he is no longer interested in representing the District 4 is tantamount to his decision to resign.

    If there is any need for further clarification on the matter the leader of the opposition could consult with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association for advice on the matter and not relying on the advice from the leader of the NDP.
  • wize up (26/03/2019, 16:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    for the sake of peace just allow the man to continue: then trying getting him back on the vip train.....big deal, allowing him back won’t upset the ruling party...the territory have bigger fish to fry(this is a very petty issue: six of one half dozen of the other)


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