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HoA to meet Monday April 18, 2016

- Premier Smith expected to further address the Financial Services Scandal
The House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands will meet again on April 18, 2016, some two weeks from now. While the Order Paper is still in draft and therefore has not been released to the media or Members of the House, sources close to the Premier’s Office said another amendment may be on its way to address new issues in the Financial Services Sector. Photo: VINO/File
Many residents, civil society organisations, talk show hosts and the media have condemned the use of the highest law making body by politicians to attack residents and spread mis-information. They have called on Speaker of the HoA, Honourable Ingrid A. Moses to regulate the verbal abuses and control the behaviour of some law makers in the Parliament. Photo: VINO/File
Many residents, civil society organisations, talk show hosts and the media have condemned the use of the highest law making body by politicians to attack residents and spread mis-information. They have called on Speaker of the HoA, Honourable Ingrid A. Moses to regulate the verbal abuses and control the behaviour of some law makers in the Parliament. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands will meet again on April 18, 2016, some two weeks from now. While the Order Paper is still in draft and therefore has not been released to the media or Members of the House, sources close to the Premier’s Office said another amendment may be on its way to address new issues in the Financial Services Sector.

However, details were not forthcoming. The last time the House of Assembly met, which was on Thursday March 31, 2016, it was to approve the Government’s 2016 budget of US$330M.

Many criticised the long delay in the passing of the 2016 Appropriation Act, the possible effects to the economy of the Virgin Islands, and the need to pay vendors who were owed from last year.

HoA is being used to go after residents/businesses

In addition, the HoA has continued to come under fire from the public for what some described as its low standards of debate and some elected officials using their Parliamentary privilege, where they cannot be sued for slander and libel, to go after residents they do not like, businesses they want to see fail, and spread misinformation on both residents and their businesses.

Many residents, civil society organisations, talk show hosts and the media have condemned such use of the highest law making body for that purpose. They have called on Speaker of the HoA, Honourable Ingrid A. Moses to regulate the verbal abuses and control the behaviour of some law makers in the Parliament.

The HoA meeting will be carried live on CBN Channel 51 and is expected to begin at 10:00 AM on April 18, 2016 at its chambers in Road Town, on the main island of Tortola.

9 Responses to “HoA to meet Monday April 18, 2016”

  • Xxx (06/04/2016, 14:08) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Another wasted day
    • @xxx (06/04/2016, 15:55) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      For you maybe but this is my country and I need to hear whats going on..Thats what they getting paid for.
      • wize up (06/04/2016, 16:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ XXX: the adminstration needs to inform the citzens and residents of the territory..... this should be good
  • wize up (06/04/2016, 14:34) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    thanks VINO.....keeping the people up to speed ( no wonder the one fellow wants to regulate the press)
  • Yep (06/04/2016, 15:44) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need to meet like yesterday to discuss the mossack fonseca situation instead of the usual hogwash.
  • please (06/04/2016, 18:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    MR PREMIER when the HOA meet later this month please get down to serious business do not have the others fighting and throwing blame this is a very serious .I am very sorry our ISLAND get caught up in this but for a long time I was hearing about the financial situation .I hope you all get it sort out because it put a dark cloud over the ISLAND.
  • Will B Watching (06/04/2016, 18:20) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope they call out the governor. Wake him up. And let him publicly / internationally dispute and defend the BVI good name with this Panama Paper. Time for him to step up and work for his pay..


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