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‘Vanterpool should be paid as D4 Representative-elect' - Skelton-Cline

- points to VI Constitution Order 2007
Fourth District Representative-Elect Mr Mark H. Vanterpool has claimed he is not being paid as an elected Representative, causing commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline to remark that Mr Vanterpool should be paid as per the Virgin Islands Constitution. Photo: Facebook/File
Man of the Cloth and Social Commentator, Claude O. Skelton-Cline says that District 4 (D4) Representative-Elect, Mark H. Vanterpool should be compensated as per recommendations in the Virgin Islands (VI) Constitution 2007, in spite of him not being a sworn-in Member of the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA). Photo: Facebook
Man of the Cloth and Social Commentator, Claude O. Skelton-Cline says that District 4 (D4) Representative-Elect, Mark H. Vanterpool should be compensated as per recommendations in the Virgin Islands (VI) Constitution 2007, in spite of him not being a sworn-in Member of the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA). Photo: Facebook
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Social Commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline says Fourth District (D4) Representative-Elect, Mr Mark H. Vanterpool should be compensated as per recommendations in the Virgin Islands (VI) Constitution 2007, in spite of him not being sworn-in as a Member of the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA).

During the Tuesday, June 11, 2019, edition of his radio show ‘Honestly Speaking’ on ZBVI 780am, Mr Skelton-Cline implored Mr Vanterpool—who admitted to not being paid—to have the issue sorted, since according to the VI 2017 Constitution, Section 67, instructions are clear with regards to compensation for Members and any prospective Member of the HoA.

Vanterpool is entitled to payment – Skelton-Cline

“It seems like to me, if the Member of the Fourth is not being compensated, he needs to contact the persons, the Deputy Governor and the Governor who are responsible for public service and find out from HR why it is that he is not being paid,” Mr Skelton-Cline implored, in pointing out that payments can only be ceased if an elected Member fails to win a seat on a new HoA.

“Because certainly he is entitled to be paid as the elected Member… as a matter of fact, he should be working on behalf of the constituency, the persons who sent him there and even the ones who didn’t vote for him,” Skelton-Cline told his listening audience."

67(2) of The Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007 says: Notwithstanding that a member of the House of Assembly has vacated his or her seat by virtue of subsection (1), every such member shall be entitled to continue receiving the benefits and privileges of a member until the polling day for election for a new House of Assembly, provided that such benefits and privileges shall cease if the member fails to win a seat at the general election.

“The only thing that this Member cannot do to date, is participate in the proceedings of the house... he can’t vote, he can’t speak on the business, he can’t do none of that,” Mr Skelton-Cline added.

According to the outspoken commentator, Mr Vanterpool as a representative-elect not being sworn into the House has nothing to do with his payments.

Vanterpool was elected – Skelton-Cline

“He should be working, and if he is working, he should be compensated… as a matter of fact, whether or not he’s working. The fact of the matter is, he has been elected and, according to our constitution, he should be compensated,” Skelton Cline said.

Following his accepted resignation on March 5, 2019, and subsequent recanting of the resignation on March 14, 2019, the matter surrounding whether the seat of Mr Vanterpool is vacant or not, is now heading to the Court of Appeal for a final decision, as initiated by House Speaker Hon Julian Willock.

According to the 2019 Report of the Standing Finance Committee (SFC), the Deputy Governor’s Office has already made a $35,000 provisional budget for By-elections should the Appeal's Court rule in favour of the Speaker and by extension, the HoA.

14 Responses to “‘Vanterpool should be paid as D4 Representative-elect' - Skelton-Cline ”

  • just wrong (12/06/2019, 13:35) Like (12) Dislike (13) Reply
    I thought he resigned. How can you get paid if you quit?
  • The Reaper (12/06/2019, 14:23) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    You know there’s something call Change of heart When the cry’s He listen
  • Millitant (12/06/2019, 15:31) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply

    Claude always talking f*$!

    How can you get paid when you resign?

    • Agree with Claude (12/06/2019, 17:24) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      Claude comes across as a fair man. He is right... The AG say swear the man in...The governor says swear the man in...The Court says Swear the man in....The higher court will say the something... Then how will VIP defend themselves come next election on all the wasted time on money....oh. I guess. Replace the speaker before next election and he say he is stubborn he didn't listen..
  • legal team (12/06/2019, 16:02) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    Well, if its written, its the law:

    If the Constitution says that he is entitled to be paid, when he work in that position then he should be paid.

    But we are dealing with a situation where the member won his seat and RESIGNED there after, even before he was sworn in as a PARLREP and a member of the HOA and a person in authority had received his letter of RESIGNATION,which was accepted.

    No work no pay.

    He vacated his seat? He resigned and gave up the 4th district.

    The matter is before the court.

    If the court rule in his favour,then,he will be sworn in effective the date he was supposed to have been sworn in and he will be compensated from that date.

    For now that section in the constitution cannot be applied.
  • At Legal team. BS (12/06/2019, 17:18) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    The facts are the secretary sent the resignation letter back to mark that was addressed to her and said she was the wrong authority to received that letter and ask that the letter be resent and readdressed to the right authority. " The Speaker " That wasn't done so there is no resignation.. .Old people always say that educated people have no need for common sense because they don't use it... This is Elementary issue that college students can't solve. Swear the man in.. He didn't resign...
    • at BS (12/06/2019, 20:08) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
      Mark is trying to make a mockery of the send in your resignation,make big resignation speech,then things didn't work out within your party and you just come back and say 'oh you what,forget about the resignation,i take back my word' wah foolishness is dat. what was his intention,to resign or to design.
  • 40 m over run (12/06/2019, 17:38) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    Paid for what he should be in jail
  • wize up (12/06/2019, 20:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    let the man go do his job
  • Anonymous (12/06/2019, 22:06) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mark made a fool of d4 now we must not only pay him but swear him in!!! HELL NO NO NO

    esteemed speaker please hold your ground
  • west (13/06/2019, 00:47) Like (0) Dislike (16) Reply
    Be serious the man mv wanted to be opposition leader and Alvera stood firm with Marlon

    So he resigned and now here looking tax dollars
  • A bigger picture (13/06/2019, 11:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You know there is a bigger, more dangerous matter here that we be all overlooking. We have been reading the facts and understand very well how everything pertaining to this matter transpires. What is worrying is that the speaker is arguing his point on the grounds that he Accepted an confirmed UNACCEPTABLE document. Should the court of appeals agrees with him then we would have a president set that would allow our Honarable Speaker ( current and FUTURE). Think about that. Remember the Premier is already arguing that he cannot control the Speaker according to the constitution.
  • Tafari Zharr (13/06/2019, 16:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is relentlessly bothersome- what’s the result either wants at this point it seems to lean more towards a testing of the legal system by two-men whose war is who can “p*ss” the furthest; which if examined is man-made; a cut that is bleeding is a cut that can become a wound; the question is if this festering continues what, where and when will the leveling up stop- or will it be decided by outsiders- this is not healthy for the BVIs; surveys says!

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