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HoA to meet July 16, 2019! Will Vanterpool be sworn in?

When the Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) convenes on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 many will be glued to the radio and social media platforms to see of Speaker Hon Julian Willock, left, will swear in Fourth District Representative-elect Mr Mark H. Vanterpool as a Member of the House of Assembly. Photo: VINO/Facebook
The Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) stated recently that he had asked the Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Julian Willock to reconsider his position and to swear in Mr Mark H. Vanterpool into the HoA. Photo: VINO/File
The Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) stated recently that he had asked the Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Julian Willock to reconsider his position and to swear in Mr Mark H. Vanterpool into the HoA. Photo: VINO/File
The Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 will be carried live on CBN Radio 90.9 FM, CBN-Television Channel 101 on Flow TV and it can also be followed live online at www.cbnvirginislands.com. Photo: VINO/File
The Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 will be carried live on CBN Radio 90.9 FM, CBN-Television Channel 101 on Flow TV and it can also be followed live online at www.cbnvirginislands.com. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, 2019 on Tortola, the main island in the Virgin Islands, according to HoA Spokesman Linton V. Leonard.

While the Order Paper has not yet been made public, residents and the political class will be glued to the radio and other social media platforms to see if the member-elect, Mr Mark H. Vanterpool from the Fourth District, will be sworn in at that Sitting.

In or out? 

There has been much controversy over the issue after on March 5, 2019 Mr Vanterpool tendered his resignation in a letter to the Clerk of the HoA asking not to be sworn in and that he no longer had an interest in representing the people of the Fourth District. The letter was addressed to the Clerk because at the time there was no Speaker. 

Mr Vanterpool had subsequently been told by the Attorney General Baba F. Aziz that his letter was invalid because it was sent to the clerk, and not the Speaker, according to Sec 67 (3) A of the Virgin Islands Constitution. The new Speaker in the person of Hon Julian Willock was sworn in on March 12, 2019 and the clerk handed the letter to him. 

No vacancy in D4 

The Honourable Speaker accepted the resignation letter and advised the Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert, of a vacancy in the Fourth District. Mr Vanterpool then challenged the matter in court and sought an Injunction and Judicial Review on the Speaker’s decision. Both failed. 

In another decision, a Judge ordered that Mr Vanterpool be sworn in to the HoA and the Speaker appealed; however, recently had the appeal withdrawn.

The Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), who has been tight-lipped on the matter, stated recently that he had asked the Speaker to reconsider his position and to swear in Mr Vanterpool.

Swear him in-Premier Fahie 

The Premier noted that the matter had divided the country and requested that Hon Willock bring an end to the saga.

However, the Premier made it clear that it was still a matter for the Speaker. When contacted today, Saturday July 6, 2019 as to whether he was going to swear in the Fourth District member-elect, Honourable Willock declined to comment.

The Sitting will be carried live on CBN Radio 90.9 FM, CBN-Television Channel 101 on Flow TV and it can also be followed live online at www.cbnvirginislands.com

16 Responses to “HoA to meet July 16, 2019! Will Vanterpool be sworn in?”

  • wize up (06/07/2019, 18:17) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    any bets....
    • Yo (06/07/2019, 18:59) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      i bet you a million bucks willock dont swear him in, cause he gone pass it on to sheep!
      • wize up (06/07/2019, 19:53) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ yo: that is a very cheap shot again me just to win my money because I never look at the situation from that angle and you could be on to something very cleaver: so you saying on 16 July Willock will be out of the state leaving sheep to preside over that sitting: then sheep will be guilty of swearing in vanterpool(love it!!!)....take win
        • Yo (06/07/2019, 21:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          i did not see it thst way, i just know willock will never bend, so if the boss want hin in then sheep gone have to do it!
  • Hmmm (06/07/2019, 18:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope so.. Cant wait....Will be watching. Fahie is the boss so it should happen. Fahie made a wise decision to end this and move on.
  • Windy (06/07/2019, 19:09) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    yes we all will be watching
  • Xxx (06/07/2019, 22:39) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    Do not swear him in esteemed you turn soft on we the people
  • 2 grand (07/07/2019, 00:00) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    MR SPEAKER do what's clever. Man must live
  • my two cents (07/07/2019, 10:43) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    It’s a con Willock will be in St Maarten so hon sheep will swear him in
  • Truth (07/07/2019, 13:36) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    The Esteemed Speaker and Hon Fahie are two strategist, they know exactly what they are doing
  • *Hmm (08/07/2019, 10:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This should be interesting :)
  • My Take (08/07/2019, 17:28) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Mark situation is a spin off of the bad leadership after 8 years


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