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Mark H. Vanterpool recants resignation, ask to be sworn into HoA

-Cites incorrect resignation procedure, says will place country above self
Representative for the Fourth Electoral District, Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has today, March 14, 2019, recanted his resignation for the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) citing incorrect resignation procedure and the fact that the people of his district have encouraged him to continue being their representative. Photo: Facebook
Speaker of the House, Hon Julian Willock. Photo: Facebook
Speaker of the House, Hon Julian Willock. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Fourth Electoral District, Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has today, March 14, 2019, recanted his resignation from the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA) citing incorrect resignation procedure, while noting that the people of his district have encouraged him to continue being their representative.

Invalid Resignation

In a statement released today on his Facebook page, Mr Vanterpool said his resignation on March 5, 2019, would be considered invalid since it was addressed to the Speaker of the HoA, and at that time, there was no speaker.

He said the Clerk indicated in a letter dated March 13, 2019, that he should write directly to the Speaker of the House, Mr Julian Willock who subsequently indicated that the letter was incorrectly addressed—according to Mr Vanterpool—however, the resignation has since been accepted under the Virgin Islands Constitution 2007, as per sec 67 (3) (a) which states,“An elected member of the House of Assembly shall also vacate his or her seat in the House-- (a) if he or she resigns it by writing under his or her hand addressed to the speaker,” paving the way for By-Elections.  

Mr Vanterpool said that since he did not write to the speaker originally, he is therefore seeking to be sworn into the HoA at the earliest, as the representative for the Fourth Electoral District.

Huge Responsibility

“I have listened to the many concerns expressed by the people of this territory about my decision, these concerns have weighed heavily on my mind day in and day out. I recognize the huge responsibility and trust that you the people of the Fourth District, in particular, have placed in me.” 

Mr Vanterpool further apologized to the people of his district for any inconvenience and confusion caused as a result of his sudden resignation. 

44 Responses to “Mark H. Vanterpool recants resignation, ask to be sworn into HoA”

  • Read Before Commenting... (14/03/2019, 15:56) Like (17) Dislike (14) Reply

    "He said the Clerk indicated in a letter dated March 13, 2019, that he should write directly to the Speaker of the House, Mr Julian Willock who subsequently indicated that the letter was incorrectly addressed" Thus the letter was address to the Clerk not the speaker...there was no speaker at the time Hon. Mark Resign..

    "the Clerk of the House of Assembly refused the letter"

    • the rock (14/03/2019, 18:49) Like (21) Dislike (27) Reply
      The man resigned people piss, the man come back people piss, mark we love you in the 4th, are you perfect, no you are not, but i.know one thing for sure, alot of persons are thankful and grateful for the deeds you did in the past and continue to do still. According to the premier they are a conventional team in a conventional time, well mark is all part of that. Time to move on man!
  • hold up (14/03/2019, 16:00) Like (117) Dislike (7) Reply
    Mark have this thing for a joke or he think the people of the 4th District and the greater Virgin Islands are fools. Mark and I quote you "go sid down"!
    • boy (15/03/2019, 01:29) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      a friend of my think is the dye his dyeing his hair but I used to dye my shoes and they did not have that problem of being sooo confused!!
  • 4th district (14/03/2019, 16:02) Like (111) Dislike (12) Reply
    We don't want this clown. Call a bi-election!
    • susan (14/03/2019, 16:36) Like (65) Dislike (13) Reply
      GET YOUR A// OUT OUR POLITICS YOU ARE A DISGRACE YOU AND YOUR //////NDP NEED TO BE LOCK UP.
      SOMETHING NEED TO DONE SO THIS NONSNSE WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN.
      MR VANTERPOOL YOU THINK WHAT YOU DID IS RIGHT TO THE VOTERS. THE GOVERNOR HAVE TO LOOK INTO THIS WE NEED PEOPLE WHO ARE DEDICATED TO THIS PLACE AND NOT FOR THEIR OWN GAIN.
    • HAHA (14/03/2019, 18:36) Like (18) Dislike (45) Reply
      You is the reak clown, the action man is back..deal with it!
  • Really? (14/03/2019, 16:16) Like (80) Dislike (5) Reply
    Does he think he is playing dolly house? Governor Jaspert PLEASE PLEASE put an end to this madness with Mark.
  • Not from Here (14/03/2019, 16:30) Like (46) Dislike (21) Reply
    This is what you get when you have outsiders in your house put you all house in order
  • sheep (14/03/2019, 16:48) Like (19) Dislike (13) Reply
    Let’s see the level of intelligence of our people.
  • SMH (14/03/2019, 17:01) Like (72) Dislike (6) Reply

    He must be think the people are puppets on his string. Come on with this bulls***! U running...u not running, you elected...u don't want to represent, you wanted out...now you want it! For a Public Figure, you acting like a real MooMoo! The people ain't got time for you and your emotional escapades.

  • Luvz (14/03/2019, 17:28) Like (115) Dislike (12) Reply
    How many times can a politician resign from representing his people whom he claim to love so much. Please go and sit down Sir. You are unstable much! Play the song Go siit dooowwn doownn. Go sit down and enjoy your retirement.
  • Patriotic (14/03/2019, 17:42) Like (67) Dislike (7) Reply
    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS GUY , ANY EXPLANATION FOR THIS UNUSUALL BEHAVIOR ??? THIS IS NOT NORMAL , ITS INFANTILE BEHAVIOR
  • we the people (14/03/2019, 17:50) Like (80) Dislike (19) Reply
    To Mark Vanterpool,

    Effective Immediately

    In the public interest, We the People of the Virgin Islands hereby accept your resignation and wish you well as you transition to deal with your ‘personal matters’ that nescessitated your resignation from serving us in the House of Assembly.

    Signed,
    The People of the Virgin Islands
    • Bobthebuilder (14/03/2019, 19:26) Like (8) Dislike (28) Reply
      Thanks Cindy, but every time you speak for the people they do something else.

      Mark is a cool cat and it is beneficial to have someone of his experience and standing in the opposition. I hope his personal issues have been resolved.
    • occasion (15/03/2019, 14:23) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
      You are not talking for everyone so dont address your letter saying we the people of the Virgin Islands talk for yourself
    • @We the People (15/03/2019, 18:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      FINAL ANSWER! Let him mark his words...
  • Laughing at us (14/03/2019, 17:56) Like (52) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is madness!!!
    The outside world is laughing at us.
    I'm so ashamed right now.
  • Interested (14/03/2019, 17:58) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very interesting.Can’t wait for the outcome.I hope that all concerned in the decision making are aware that they may be in danger of setting a bad precedent.
  • Wendy (14/03/2019, 18:07) Like (5) Dislike (45) Reply
    Thank you Mark.! Democracy. Human Rights.
    Stay strong..
    Pay Attention Folks!
  • wize up (14/03/2019, 18:13) Like (35) Dislike (3) Reply
    well what ah ting: maybe the auditor General report went in his favor so him more comfortable returning to the house: the man had two seats set aside for him on 12 March 2019 and never showed up: some people think this life is a dream: the man resigned; as a matter of fact he himself went public with the matter and now trying to be a jive turkey...he can walk in and out one-mart but not government office(was very successful at the political poles thereafter turn around and submit his resignation, no one fired him, he exit on his own free will)....these are very serious times in our territory
  • The Reaper (14/03/2019, 18:20) Like (8) Dislike (18) Reply

    He gonna represent The 4 th Still. The Governor have the Last Say. Please post My comment. Your Faithfully The Reaper

  • Look Joke (14/03/2019, 18:36) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not sure how this whole joke will play out, but if the elected representative gets to remain, all I ask is for proper representation for the 4th district.

    The people of certain sections of the 4th have been cast aside by the rep for too many years. All we ask is for PROPER representation for ALL of the residents of the 4th, for a decent looking district and a better smelling capital.

    If we can't get it, then the rep needs to go siddung and let someone who is willing and able take over. His credibility leaves much to be desired.
  • In support of Mark (14/03/2019, 19:12) Like (40) Dislike (29) Reply
    The speaker is wrong ...He cannot legally accept something that wasn't or didn't address to him ..Hence the resignation is void and Mark should return to the house if that's what he wants ..Then again I'm not seeing blogs in support of Mark My friend blog in support of mark . She said she didn't see her blog . Hope he isn't using his media to oppress opposing voices . People will know they will speak . Why I was in support of Olivine as Speaker ...No strings attached . No conflict . Very able and very capable .
  • speaker (14/03/2019, 19:29) Like (22) Dislike (10) Reply

    Speaker has no say. It’s up to the Governor

  • Charley Rose (14/03/2019, 19:52) Like (33) Dislike (6) Reply
    It seems as though many people have shallow memories because it was this same Hon. Mark Vanterpool who was playing games in previous years and earn the nick name THE GRASSHOPPER. He jumped from the NDP to the VIP and return to the NDP. This is a man that cannot be trusted. No wonder he is in so much corruption.

    The voters in the Fourth District are taken for a ride. The letter of resignation must be examined and if there is any technicality, it must be verified by the Hon. Attorney General and let the buck stop where it should.
  • Sighhh (14/03/2019, 20:36) Like (26) Dislike (10) Reply
    I KNOW THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR HIM SHAMEEEEE, COULDVE GIVEN THEIR VOTE TO LUCE...
  • Jessica Jones (14/03/2019, 20:41) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    Look $h¡t here today.
  • I Tell you (14/03/2019, 21:01) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
    What a Papi show
  • ReX FeRal (14/03/2019, 21:47) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fourth District got the representation they desire and deserve.
    • Rex! (15/03/2019, 12:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      The country get the government they deserve also the esteem the Dis- honourable speaker they deserve too..
  • Four (14/03/2019, 22:42) Like (19) Dislike (14) Reply
    This whole thing is confusing. Can we just give it to the 1st Runner up.
  • The Speak Her (14/03/2019, 22:44) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply

    It’s up to the Governor not the Speaker

  • zoe (14/03/2019, 23:58) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    Mark crazy esteemed speaker stand your ground
  • Stewie (15/03/2019, 09:47) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is family guy show lol
  • mmmmm (15/03/2019, 09:52) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mark!mark!mark!mark! A double minded man is always unstable
  • ----------------- (15/03/2019, 10:25) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Willock we with you
  • question (15/03/2019, 12:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you don't know or can't follow the procedure for resignation, how well can you do the rest of the job?
  • question (15/03/2019, 12:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you don't know or can't follow the procedure for resignation, how well can you do the rest of the job?
  • Personal Issues (15/03/2019, 13:54) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I need Mark as my therapist the speed in which he can resolve personal issues


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