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Willock wants court action in D4 conundrum

-Says moving on Attorney General’s advice since ‘constitutional matter is weighty’
New Speaker of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Julian Willock says that after reading the statement from His Excellency, the Governor Mr. Augustus J. U. Jaspert dated March, 26, 2019—in which the Governor said that there is no need for a By-Election over the seat of District four representative elect, Mark H. Vanterpool—he is moving to court to have the matter resolved expeditiously. Photo: GIS
Mr Mark H. Vanterpool. Photo: Facebook
Mr Mark H. Vanterpool. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – New Speaker of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Julian Willock says that after reading the statement from His Excellency, the Governor Mr. Augustus J. U. Jaspert dated March, 26, 2019—in which the Governor said that there is no need for a By-Election over the seat of District four representative elect, Mark H. Vanterpool—he is moving to court to have the matter resolved expeditiously.

Valuing Democracy

“I am also pleased that, His Excellency, the Governor agrees with me about valuing our democracy and the role it plays in good governance and improving the lives of our people. My position, as outlined in my letter sent to Mr. Mark H. Vanterpool dated 13th March, 2019 remains the same,” the speaker said in indicating that he is sticking to his position of accepting the resignation even though the Governor said it was invalid.  

“I have sought and received legal advice from prominent jurists locally, regionally and from the United Kingdom and Canada,” the Speaker said in a release sent today Thursday, March 28, 2019, from his office.

According to the Speaker, “because this constitutional matter is weighty, it would be prudent at this juncture to seek the opinion of the courts in the interest of fairness, transparency, and best practice as the Honourable Attorney General [Mr Baba Aziz], of whom I have the highest respect, has advised myself, the Governor and Mr. Vanterpool of his position.”

Hon Willock further stated, “Let me hasten to say, that whatever the ultimate outcome, I will comply, knowing that the House of Assembly is the place where the rule of law is promoted and practice."

HoA wants matter resolved quickly– Willock  

He said that it is the wish of the HoA that the matter be resolved quickly taking into consideration the will and interest of the residents of the Fourth District.

24 Responses to “Willock wants court action in D4 conundrum”

  • Okay ... (28/03/2019, 18:57) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
    And there will be no appeals including to privy council, right?
    • agreed (28/03/2019, 19:35) Like (53) Dislike (49) Reply
      This should be decided in the Courts. Don't reward Mark's reckless behavior.
      • lol (29/03/2019, 12:48) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
        Failing to be a lawyer seems like a big problem for the speaker. Just wasn't bright enough. Ballhead is laughing
    • All the Way (28/03/2019, 21:13) Like (38) Dislike (27) Reply
      It should go all the way to the Privy Council. That way Marks name will forever be synonymous with "Idiot."
  • Charandas (28/03/2019, 19:13) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Do I see a Charrandas episode in the making? Check out Guyana Stabroeks news...………..Wat Ah Ting to tell da King.....
  • watcher (28/03/2019, 19:37) Like (25) Dislike (19) Reply
    Yes the court is the place for it straight to privy council yall
  • Nationalist (28/03/2019, 19:52) Like (43) Dislike (16) Reply
    I wonder who paying for this. Must be the speaker pocket. Our tax payers money done stretch out.
  • Fed Up (28/03/2019, 20:08) Like (40) Dislike (30) Reply

    HOA hasn’t even begun regular sittings and this a****** of a speaker confirming his I***** ways!! 

    • Outlaw (28/03/2019, 23:06) Like (31) Dislike (16) Reply
      @ Fed up. I totally agree with Willock. This is a matter that the court needs to decide on. You cannot have like mark playing these kinds of games and feel he can get away with it. He is a big man and it’s child. I am 100% for the court to settle this one
  • GoonSquad (28/03/2019, 20:34) Like (38) Dislike (32) Reply
    Now he gone and loose his mind again! Mr. Speaker, you can only loose. Stop wasting people time and government money. There is not such a lawyer who could advise you in the positive on this matter. You are your own stupid lawyer. Exactly what you and your Premier trying to prove? We have a country to fix! You all already have the majority in the government. Mr Speaker, you sir are off to a bad start. Time longer than twine.
  • Bush Lawyer (28/03/2019, 21:01) Like (15) Dislike (12) Reply
    Nobody, including Mark Vanterpool, the Speaker, the AG and the Governor, has touched the real point in this matter. They are reading too much into the words of the Constitution and are way off target. MARK my words.
  • good (28/03/2019, 21:11) Like (29) Dislike (21) Reply
    Let Mr. Vanterpool understand the seriousness of his erratic actions. We have to be careful of the precedence that is being created. Let the courts decide. Mr. Vanterpool should be ashamed of his self for causing quite a stir, but it’s all part of their nasty political agenda to try to get at the speaker.
    • foxy (29/03/2019, 05:33) Like (20) Dislike (19) Reply
      Just heard they circulating some lies about the esteemed speaker but we got his back as god is stronger than any obeah
      • Water boiling for fish... (29/03/2019, 12:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        This man needs to go sit down before them open he closet door.
    • Me (29/03/2019, 10:32) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
      I am sure that he realizes the seriousness of his action. That’s why he knows he should be in the HOA to rep District 4
    • wize up (30/03/2019, 06:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ good: the chap have been causing a stir for 8 years to the tune of over 40 million united states dollars(in broke & out rich)now thats a stir: we need to change the AG because under his lawful watch so much of your tax did in fact vanished however nothing substantial to show the residents of this territory for those vanishing funds but none have enough ball to have a chat with the AG (the current ag sat in council with the same politicians under whose administration serious allegations surfaced and AG have the right to safeguard lawful justice in our country and no one wants him gone but the small man we have issues with: the AG sat among those politicians with their suspicious conduct(play the tape or ask PVIM when u meet anyone of them)
  • Really (29/03/2019, 06:58) Like (25) Dislike (24) Reply
    The tax payers money is paying for this. Willock has a serious ego problem. His pride is going to kill all of us.
    The Governor done seek legal advice on this matter.

    Why we the tax payers have to pay for this nonsense.
  • Feel n Sad (29/03/2019, 07:30) Like (31) Dislike (27) Reply
    Ain't no one in VIp got enough sense , courage and balls to control this man. He is just a turn off . Why is he challenging the Governor.Hope VIp know that they will be held responsible for tax payers money wen they lose this useless and unnecessary court fight they are proposing...My choice for Speaker was Olivine because of her experience calm firm unraddled demeenour.. I was ok with Willock getting the nodge ...He seems like he is going to Train without brakes that cannot accept defeat ...Now I wish we had Olivine as Speaker ...Quit and humble yourself Mr Speaker ...
  • Me (29/03/2019, 10:30) Like (19) Dislike (11) Reply
    Let the honourable man keep his seat.. He legally won the seat. We all make mistakes. IT IS NOT THAT SERIOUS
    It won’t change the government. Just another person to ask questions in the HOA. Hon. Willock leave well enough alone. Leave the court out of it. Much more important matters to deal with. We do not want any crisis in the country over a simple matter
    THE BROTHER IS THE LEGAL AND RIGHTFUL REP FOR DISTRICT 4
    • @me (29/03/2019, 16:30) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      Go ask him why he resigned. The man have us for fools. Mark needs to understand that the people of the 4th District and the BVI are not fools.
  • My Esteemation (29/03/2019, 12:56) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    “I have sought and received legal advice from prominent jurists locally, regionally and from the United Kingdom and Canada,” the Speaker said in a release sent today Thursday, March 28, 2019, from his office.

    It can't have been free. Please, Mr. Speaker, show us the receipts for this legal advice. "Prominent jurists locally, regionally and from the United Kingdom and Canada" make their livings by giving counsel, not by giving freebies.
    • wize up (29/03/2019, 19:25) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ My Esteemanation: why dont you also ask your former associates for receipts for the pier park project: the wall: the aeroplanes: the sewage project and try not to forget the receipts for those many consultanting fees...lets keep it real up in here
  • lol (29/03/2019, 17:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where the story about the online petition about the esteemed one. Just proves you not unbiased in reporting of news.
  • Sage (30/03/2019, 22:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Regardless of what Mark said and did on March 5, he was absent on March 12 and was not sworn in as a member. From that day the decision on him becoming a member was the responsibility of the Speaker, not Mark and not the Governor. The Governor may disagree with the Speaker, but unless the Speaker's decision would lead to an unlawful action by the Governor he is constitionally required to act. If he chooses not to do so he needs to clearly state his reason. It is not suffincident to say that he received legal advice. Note that the Speaker also received legal advice.
    As an aside, if Mark changed his mind after March 12, then instead of claiming that his previous letter was invalid (which it was not) and behaving as though once he changed his mind all would be well,, he should have apologized for not attending the opening of the house, present a reason for his absence and REQUEST permission to be sworn in at a later date. In that circumsztance the Speaker might have been more inclined to respond positively. Perhaps Mark was unable to do so.
    Back to the situation, it would have been better if the Governor and the Speaker had discussed the matter privately and agreed on the course of action before making public statements. That would have avoided the present confusion and the resulting inflammatory comments.


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