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It pays to lose an election in the VI!

The Pension Act under which Legislators are paid provides for a gratuitous payment of up to one year's salary that may be paid to one term legislators. Photo: VINO
All the first term Legislators of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) failed to hold their seats at the last General Election. Top from right to left: Keith Flax, Vernon Malone and Irene Penn-O'Neal. Bottom right to left: Dancia Penn- Sallah, Dr. Vincent Scatliffe and Elvis Harrigan
All the first term Legislators of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) failed to hold their seats at the last General Election. Top from right to left: Keith Flax, Vernon Malone and Irene Penn-O'Neal. Bottom right to left: Dancia Penn- Sallah, Dr. Vincent Scatliffe and Elvis Harrigan
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - First time legislators who were unable to retain their seats following the November 2011 General Elections might not necessarily be sulking over their defeat as one thing is certain - a year’s compassionate allowance, which is commensurate to a year's salary.

The first time legislators, who all failed to hold their seats in the House of Assembly (HOA), were Irene Penn-O’Neal, Keith Flax, Vincent Scatliffe, Elvis Harrigan, Dancia Penn-Sallah and Vernon Malone.

When Virgin Islands News Online contacted Financial Secretary Neil Smith for a confirmation on the gratuity payment and whether it was handed out to the former legislators, he did not clearly confirm this but stated that the Pension Act under which Legislators are paid provides for a gratuitous package of up to one year's salary that may be paid to one term legislators.

He further stated, as far as he knows, it does not include allowances.

Meanwhile, efforts to also contact the former legislators on the matter was also futile.

The salary of a member of HOA who is not a Minister is some $36,000 a year but with the addition of telephone, housing and other allowances, the total package reportedly reaches somewhere in the vicinity of over $90,000 a year.

All the Territorial At Large Representatives on the Virgin Islands Party slate, who were also first term Legislators, lost their seats at the November 2011 General Elections. They were Irene Penn-O'Neal, Keith Flax and Vernon Malone.

Dr. Vincent Scatliffe lost his seat to 4th District Representative and Minister for Communications and Works Mark Vanterpool while Dancia Penn-Sallah, who served as Deputy Premier, Minister for Health and Social Development and 8th District Representative lost her first term seat to Marlon Penn.

15 Responses to “It pays to lose an election in the VI! ”

  • she the cat mother (13/03/2012, 08:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    well the law provides for them to get one year salrey lucky them!
  • Real Talk (13/03/2012, 12:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ah boy, only one comment on this one because of who are involved eh? lol
  • Not2Sure (13/03/2012, 12:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No wonder we are broke... no chance the House of Assembly will *ever* vote to change that rule.
    • jj (13/03/2012, 23:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you think 36 g is what got we broke?? struppppssss i will rather them get this than living the rest of them life in poverty.
  • money small (13/03/2012, 13:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i heard they ionly got $36, 000 each man lay off the people dem they need to get them life together!
    • jost van dyke massive (13/03/2012, 17:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      come 2015 we will have to do another pay out because most if not all of dem first termers going loose trust I deman
  • Vera's by the sea (13/03/2012, 15:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It would be a shame on the territory if as soon as a minister left office he or she would have to be forced out on the street for lack of income or even worse have to go look for handouts from among the people that they ran against or once represented. Ex-ministers need oppurtunity too, everybody does'nt have a good uncle or rich doctor to lean on.
  • stella@raplica handbags (13/03/2012, 15:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    well it is very bad ....house of assembly should change the rule and provide a full payment to Legislators ...
  • agree (13/03/2012, 17:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did you forget Ormar Hodge? He will be getting the fattest lump sum
    • yellow (13/03/2012, 18:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      But I do not think he was a first term so he mess the boat!
      • Yep! (14/03/2012, 03:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        The others won't get a lifetime pension cause only one time them win but Omar getting his.
  • taxpayer (13/03/2012, 19:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is only one way to describe this "robbery with a warrant."
  • member (14/03/2012, 13:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all leave the people dem alone for god sake! you all vote them out of office now let the people tek the lil lil 36 thousand dollars and carry on with their lives deman, they are our people boss
    • Hmmm (16/03/2012, 07:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Vote out alone? fraud out too. where is the governor and when the vip going grow balls and get backbone to address this situation.


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