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'HoA Members are always late' -Hon Fahie

- requested a time & attendance register
Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Opposition Leader and First District Representative, has accused members of the House for always arriving late for sittings and requested for a time and attendance register. Photo: VINO
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe urged members of the House of Assembly to arrive to the House of Assembly sitting on time and be consistent. Photo: VINO
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe urged members of the House of Assembly to arrive to the House of Assembly sitting on time and be consistent. Photo: VINO
The House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands meets today, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
The House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands meets today, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - During the First Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at its chambers in Road Town, Tortola, Opposition Leader and First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie accused Members of the House for always arriving late for sittings.

Hon Fahie followed up by asking the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe to provide the House with a time and attendance register for the HoA Members, which will reveal those Members who continue to arrive late for a sitting.

“It will give a true picture of what’s happening,” Hon Fahie said.

In response, the Speaker of the House emphasised that Hon Fahie’s complanits are noted, while urging the members of the House that they should respect the time of the sitting.

“Honourable Leader of the Opposition, your point is duly noted and this is again a message to the Honourable Members that there are members who are here consistently every meeting date for the start of the sitting. We all need to be cognisant that the sittings are supposed to start at 10:00 A.M. and respect each other’s time and try to be on time and this is the first sitting of a new session and we are hoping that moving forward we can all observe that but I will make an active note to have the clerks verify the absences,” explained Hon Moses-Scatliffe.

Specific days absent during Sittings will be recorded

Meanwhile, Honourable Julian Fraser, Third District Representative, interjected: “If I came in at any point during that sitting I’m present. I’m not absent but I’m sitting.”

Responding to Hon Fraser's statement, the Speaker of the House explained that because the sitting ran for more than one day, it would be “inaccurate” to record that a member was present when they actually attended a certain amount of days for the sitting.

Hon Moses-Scatliffe explained, “It is specifically noted in the minutes if the sitting. It is one sitting but it actually ran over eight days so the notations as to your absence refers to the specific day that you were actually absent and I think it would be very inaccurate for us to say that the sitting ran over ten days but you were sitting when in fact you were only present nine out of the ten days. It will be definitely reviewed and make sure that the recording of absences are noted correctly.”

Meanwhile, the issue of Members arriving late for the House of Assembly is nothing new as it has been a practice for years.

Tardiness nothing new!

Speaker Moses-Scatliffe, during the continuation of the Second Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly on October 31, 2016 chided Members for their tardiness.

The session at the time was slated to begin at 10:00 A.M. but did not get started until 10:45 A.M. since there was not a quorum at the scheduled start time.

Back in 2012 then Anglican Minister of the St Georges Anglican Episcopal Church, Father Ronald Branche had expressed concern about Members of the HoA always showing up late and delaying the start of proceedings.

"I have a problem with punctuality...It rankles my soul because if we are going to set an order a community. I go to be chaplain of the House of Assembly, and since I have been going there all these years, we have never started on time. Suppose to start 10 o´clock, I reach half past 9; I sit down reading and waiting and waiting; people are moving around casually, talking, quarter past 10, half past 10, you might start 25 to 11. We can´t build any serious community when we are not punctual," Father Branche had said in church.

Back in October 2012 also, former Legislator Eileene L. Parsons OBE had said there was a breakdown of decorum in the House of Assembly and went as far as to liken it to that of a “circus”.

20 Responses to “'HoA Members are always late' -Hon Fahie”

  • Diplomat (01/03/2018, 15:17) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    No respect for the people nor the HOA. Poor leadership example for the nation. How do elected reps expect civil servants to take attendance and punctuality seriously? They don’t. Do not want to hear no nonsense that they operate on West Indian time. For example, if you need someone to be somewhere at 7 pm tell them 5pm. . Bet they are not late collecting their compensation. The Speaker needs to get tough but she doesn’t have the st....s to do so.
  • yummy (01/03/2018, 16:01) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    The speaker looking sweet sah......Darm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • See (01/03/2018, 16:06) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Starting anything late is an insult to the citizens who elected you . Set an example especially for our youth who so desperately need positive role models . Stop trying to grandstand by showing up to the HOA late . We should be better than that
  • TICK TICK BOOM (01/03/2018, 16:07) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Waiting for the bad mind comments like ............................................................................. smh
  • jobs (01/03/2018, 19:33) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Some have more than one job so excuse me. Pressure in the territory so they have to help out in other areas. Ask them why they are late.
    • See (02/03/2018, 08:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Again ... we make excuses for everything . There is a culture of things starting late here and we all seem to think that is normal . Be professional. Show up on time.
  • oh (01/03/2018, 20:08) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    They need a Antoinette Skelton as speaker. She don’t play when it comes to punctuality. Ask any employee at Social Security. You better be to work on time or else.
    • @oh (02/03/2018, 00:45) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      That may be so with Skelton. Maybe she should consider paying her employees a decent salary then they will always be early and she woujd not have to bark at them.
    • @ oh (02/03/2018, 01:43) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Please her old over age backside need to retire
  • SMH (01/03/2018, 20:25) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    It is funny because he is no better than them because he is also late sometimes just like the others
  • yea (01/03/2018, 20:26) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    HOA questions and answers couldn’t finish today because he does know what 4:30 means all now he ain’t show up
  • ... (01/03/2018, 21:10) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bravo Andrew, about time we have push back on the phony start time lie,
  • VG (02/03/2018, 01:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Votes please don't be late next elections we have a job to do
  • lodger (02/03/2018, 06:31) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The whole country is always late for everything. Meetings, parades late late late. The only events which always start on time are the High School Christmas and Easter concerts, Though a lot of the audience wander in late. Kudos to the organisers. But I wonder why punctuality fades away from the kids as they grow up?
  • wize up (02/03/2018, 09:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    all of them shows up late so that a good statement by Hon Fahie
  • plz (02/03/2018, 10:19) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Fahie always B!t*h Bawling..
    • Disinterested (02/03/2018, 14:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Is this the respect you have for ur mother, sister, wife, grand ma, aunt, niece, nephews, girl friend, oh friend, friends....etc, treating them like female dogs? The Hon Fahie is on point. The lack of punctuality is disrectful to the people. Period. Caribbean time, eh! Really! Nothing will change though, for the electorate has lost trust, confidence, interest.....etc in politicians. They are patiently waiting for the polls to open.


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