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Protestors seek to have Mark H. Vanterpool sworn in to HoA

- Speaker Julian Willock says democracy alive & well in the VI
Mr Raymond Fonseca, centre, said the Fourth District has not been attended to since the elections of February 25, 2019 and that persons are negatively affected, including his special needs child. Photo: VINO
The protestors have been asked to exit the compound of the House of Assembly (HoA) for the Sitting to commence. Photo: VINO
The protestors have been asked to exit the compound of the House of Assembly (HoA) for the Sitting to commence. Photo: VINO
Mr Mark H. Vanterpool, right, at the House of Assembly (HoA) where the Third Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly is taking place today, May 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Mr Mark H. Vanterpool, right, at the House of Assembly (HoA) where the Third Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly is taking place today, May 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
One of the protestors demanding that Fourth District Representative-Elect Mr Mark H. Vanterpool be sworn in as a Member of the House of Assembly (HoA) today, May 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
One of the protestors demanding that Fourth District Representative-Elect Mr Mark H. Vanterpool be sworn in as a Member of the House of Assembly (HoA) today, May 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Honourable Julian Willock has not sworn in Mr Mark H. Vanterpool, who had resigned as an elected representative but later changed his mind and argued that his resignation was invalid since it was addressed to the Clerk of the HoA and not the Speaker. Photo: VINO
Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Honourable Julian Willock has not sworn in Mr Mark H. Vanterpool, who had resigned as an elected representative but later changed his mind and argued that his resignation was invalid since it was addressed to the Clerk of the HoA and not the Speaker. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A group of protesters have shown up at the House of Assembly (HoA) requesting that Fourth District Representative-Elect Mr Mark H. Vanterpool be sworn in as a Member of the HoA today, May 17, 2019.

Some persons are also protesting the ‘fast track’ Residency and Belonger status regularisation programme by the Government of the Virgin Islands.

“Hopefully their hearts will change”- Vanterpool

Mr Vanterpool is also at the HoA where the Third Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly is taking place.

“I am glad to see that the protest is peaceful and people are just trying to make their point, both on the immigration issue and the District 4 protest. I am glad to see it is peaceful, unfortunately, the show of force is overwhelming,” Mr Vanterpool said, referring to the strong police presence at the Parliament.

“But I think the people of the BVI are very peaceful and loving people. I think the people should remain peaceful and make their point to the Premier and the Speaker that this is not how democracy works, so hopefully their hearts will change,” Mr Vanterpool said.

Speaker of the House of Assembly Honourable Julian Willock has not sworn in Mr Vanterpool, who had resigned as an elected representative but later changed his mind and argued that his resignation was invalid since it was addressed to the Clerk of the HoA and not the Speaker.

After the High Court ruled that Mr Vanterpool be sworn in, the matter was taken to the Court of Appeal.

“We have needs”- Mr Raymond Fonseca

One of the main persons behind the protest is Mr Raymond Fonseca, who said the Fourth District has not been attended to since the elections of February 25, 2019, and that persons are negatively affected.

He noted that he has a special needs child and he depends on the support of Mr Vanterpool, who has also assisted the elderly in his district.

Mr Fonseca, who is of the belief that Speaker Willock should be fired if the Court of Appeal does not rule in his favour, said if Mr Vanterpool is not sworn in today they will proceed to take a petition to the Governor, His Excellency Augustus J. U. Jaspert.

“Democracy alive & well in VI” - Speaker Willock

Speaker Willock, during the Announcement by the Speaker, said he has taken note of the persons who “are outside the chambers expressing their view.”

“For me, it says that democracy in the Virgin Islands is alive and well and it is guaranteed under our constitution, and for that I am grateful.”

The protestors have also been asked to exit the compound of the HoA for the Sitting to commence.

9 Responses to “Protestors seek to have Mark H. Vanterpool sworn in to HoA”

  • Inspector gadget (17/05/2019, 13:41) Like (21) Dislike (8) Reply
    Interesting the main characters behind this protest. The lengths we will go for handouts
    • Yo (17/05/2019, 14:06) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
      they took a stand for persons like you, together we stand divided we fall!
  • Tooth fairy (17/05/2019, 13:45) Like (21) Dislike (10) Reply
    Mark is who needed firing ever so long. He should be shame to want to join this honourable house agsin
  • Note to Protesters (17/05/2019, 14:11) Like (14) Dislike (9) Reply
    The 4th district has not been attended for years. Its only now we getting our roads paved. Stop looking for hand outs and put the district first.
  • facts (17/05/2019, 14:56) Like (9) Dislike (10) Reply
    myron should be ashamed to be seen in public. He will not rewrite history of destroying the BVI. As for Orlando who was also there NEXT
  • George Bush (17/05/2019, 15:34) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    some folks will sincerely miss mark however some missing the handouts
  • Quiet Warrior (17/05/2019, 18:20) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    The former MCW and D-4 rep-elect must shoulder the blame for this dysfunctional state for D-4. Elected on 2/25 and submitted resignation letter on 3/5. The former MCW thumb his nose at D-4 and the electoral process. Let’s be clear. The buck does not stop with first Judicial decision; think the buck stops with the Privy Council. True, not all Judicial matters go that far but some do. By the way, despite the cry of no representation for D-4, D-4 does have representation; there are 4-at large representatives, does it not? Additionally, there is the Premier.
  • wize up (17/05/2019, 21:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what was the results of all the protest
  • jtv (18/05/2019, 04:17) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    based on the number of votes mr pool obtained in the fourth district during the 2019 elections we expected to see far more protesters than the handful that showed up by the court house on yesterday demanding that their faithful representative be sworn in


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