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VIP announces Candidate for D4 By-Election

VIP announces Candidate for D4 By-Election—Ms Luce D. Hodge-Smith. Photo: VINO/File
Mark H. Vanterpool, was elected to serve as the Fourth District Representative but subsequently resigned. Photo: VINO/File
Mark H. Vanterpool, was elected to serve as the Fourth District Representative but subsequently resigned. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands Party (VIP), has announced its Candidate to contest likely By-Elections for the Fourth District’s Seat in the House of Assembly (HoA)—Ms Luce D. Hodge-Smith.

The announcement was made by Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (D1), as he addressed supporters during a VIP ‘Thank You Fete,’ venued at the Bandstand in Road Town, Tortola, last evening, Saturday March 16, 2019.

Premier Fahie in making the announcement, told the scores of supporters gathered, “I can’t forget all those who have travelled the road with us, we have a lady here and we put her on a journey, so the plane ticket’s already booked but she is on standby because we expect a seat to become vacant on the plane.”


The Premier was at the time making reference to the recent resignation submitted by Mark H. Vanterpool, who was elected to serve as the Fourth District Representative but subsequently resigned.

His resignation was accepted by the Speaker of the HoA, Honourable Julian Willock, even as Vanterpool points to discrepancies with his resignation.

VI Governor, His Excellency August J.U. Jaspert, has since adopted the position that he is unable to pronounce on a By-Election, since he has not been informed formally of a vacant seat in the HoA.

Premier Fahie in his address to supporters, last evening, said “She (Hodge-Smith) is number one on the standby list…we just need the seat to become vacant.”

Governor Jaspert had met with members of the media the previous day, Friday March 15, 2019.

Ms Hodge-Smith had unsuccessfully come up against Vanterpool, at the February 25, 2019, General Elections.

34 Responses to “VIP announces Candidate for D4 By-Election”

  • 123 (17/03/2019, 13:41) Like (65) Dislike (19) Reply
    we going this time with luce
    • Yow (17/03/2019, 14:58) Like (36) Dislike (36) Reply

      Andrew has gone c****, whar bi-electiom him a talk bout?

    • Truths (23/03/2019, 05:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The FATHER dont sleep. She was the chosen one the position was hers from the start. Look what he did2 his self came out of office without no one force n him or threatening him. He self destruct he prove how evil, selfish & for him self he is.
  • one eye (17/03/2019, 13:57) Like (27) Dislike (17) Reply
    See why the most corrupt man must not be allowed back
  • Politico Nuevo (17/03/2019, 14:06) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    It would have been a political tectonic shift if Luce Hodge-Smith was not nominated as the VIP candidate to contest the D-4 bye-election. Nonetheless, what took so long? Mark Vanterpool, elected D-4 winner in Feb 25 election, announced his resignation on March 05. Today is March 17. Ms. Hodge-Smith, having just competed in the Feb 25 election and narrowly losing to Mark, should have been able to quickly ramp up and out on the trail the evening of March 05. Who wil other parties nominate. The rumor mill is fired up; school chiren saying that Walwyn, Skelton.......etc may jump into the circus.

    Moreover, much has happened since March 05. Julian Willock sworn as third Speaker of the HOA. 12 of 13 elected members sworn in on March 12. Mark Vanterpool is recanting his resignation and requesting to be sworn in. The bye-election is up in the air and may require the Judiciary settling the issue. The whole thing is a pappy show and is making a mockery of the process. If Mark truly cares about D-4 residents, he should call it in and call it a day, giving residents the oppportunity to elect a candidate who is motivated to fully represent them. Mark’s resignation issue has exposed a weakness in the constitution that the constitution should be amended soonest to correct. While at it, a fixed date for election is needed. Further, government activity between the time HOA was dissolved and swearing in a new government should be limited to routine operations and emergencies. Fix date election set, major legislation 90-120 days before election should require 80% approval by HOA.
  • Good afternoon my people (17/03/2019, 15:13) Like (35) Dislike (12) Reply
    Luce is on the loose bring em home girl
  • Charley Rose (17/03/2019, 16:55) Like (35) Dislike (4) Reply
    Well, Well. Mark has created history in the Virgin Islands and exposed the fragility of the NDP. From what I have seen the VIP political machinery is well prepared for any political battle that may arise. I must compliment Hon. Premier for the way he is mustering his troops. AS the Fourth District seat is about to become vacant shortly, the VIP is ready to take that seat also.

    The resignation of Mark and his subsequent change of heart and asking the Hon. Speaker to have him swear-in is a lack of political awareness. I must emphasise that once the letter of Mark's resignation reaches into the House of Assembly, there should be absolutely no doubt in any one's mind that his resignation reached the intended destination. In the court of law that is premeditation to commit an act. I want to wish Mrs. Luce Hodge all the best and I would like to her to ensure that she use the General Election as the basis for he candidacy in the BY Election. I know the Hon. Premier will be in the fore front in the battle to ensure victory for Luce.
  • hold on (17/03/2019, 20:01) Like (14) Dislike (23) Reply
    shameful or embarrassing as it may look, we have to wait until we get a clear interpretation of what is officially stated in the constitution.
    ?Bring back the action man. Ayuh guh siddung!
    • The Action (18/03/2019, 03:08) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
      The “action man’s” action was his resignation letter. He has made a mockery of the people. Hasn’t he done enough “actions”?
  • Political Pundit (17/03/2019, 22:14) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply

    When will Mr Speaker or the AG will make the seat vacant

  • Myo (17/03/2019, 22:49) Like (14) Dislike (19) Reply
    As far as the governor is concern, there is not a vacant seat in the house so no need for a bi-election. All of them need go siddung., vip got enough seats already. Careful, want all gets none or looses what he has. God plan coming together., watch and wait.
  • Eagle Eye (18/03/2019, 03:11) Like (10) Dislike (44) Reply

    The woman carries two last names so why married then.its either you are in a marriage or out.

    • Disinterested (18/03/2019, 11:19) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Eagle Eye, your sight clean gone. Nonetheless, your tongue still works for mischief. You are a solution looking for a problem.Debate the lady on policies......etc. Just a hot mess.
    • (18/03/2019, 13:49) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      For peace sake. The men carrying the actual last names are the worst. Ask the rep.
    • Edd (19/03/2019, 13:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Shut to hell up. She carries what she wants.
  • Legal tender (18/03/2019, 06:54) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    The constitution clearly states, that any members of the HOA who wished to resign his position should make his request known in writing to the Speaker of the HOA. At the time Mark Tendered his resignation, we all know that there was no speaker elect, he addressed his resignation to the clerk who inturn wrote to him advising him that he letter was not valid because it was wrongly addressed. The speaker elect, Hon. Willock then wrote to Mark advising him to address his resignation to the Speaker, that was not done and Mark requested to be sworn in as a member of the HOA. The Speaker inturn informed him that his resignation was accepted. Now the option the speaker have here is to write to the Governor declaring the 4th district seat vacant. If Mark persist that he wish to be sworn in, then there will be a legal battle which most likely is going to go in his favor, the fact been that the Constitution says his letter must be address to the Speaker. There are two South African cases dealing with this same issue where the Supreme Courts ruled that once the letter was wrongly addressed it is null and void. When Mark tendered his resignation, his intentions were clear, he also had an opportunity to show up and be sworn in, he did not so the seat remained vacant until he decided he wished to be sworn in. The Speaker rejected his request and the seat remains vacant. The question is, will Mark fight a Judicial battle in this instance, does re really want to represent the people of the 4th? If the answers are yes, then the Speaker should swear him in because he will win in a court of law. If no, then he should do the honorable thing and stick to his decision to retire, there by paving the way for the by-election. If he still wish to be sworn in, then it makes no sense for the government to be engaged in a long judicial battle which they are going to loose in the end. So here the ball is in Mark court.
    • @legal tender (18/03/2019, 09:28) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      Your facts are incorrect.

      The Clerk indicated to Mark that his letter should have been addressed to the speaker. The Speaker then told Mark in a separate letter on even date that the letter addressed to the Clerk was passed to his office and he accepted it. At that point, it was too late for Mark to rescind. But I agree with you that if the Speaker did ask him to resign, then he could have changed his mind and then he should legally rightly be sworn in. But I think your facts are skewed. The letters should be published so that people can see for themselves what each said.
      • think (18/03/2019, 15:19) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        The speaker lost his ground when he wrote to mark asking him to redo the letter addressed to him. The Speaker has agreed to what the constitution says. The constitution is law.
  • voter (18/03/2019, 06:54) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    Cant wait for the by election
  • wize up (18/03/2019, 08:41) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    i clearly understand the technicality associated with # 4 letter but homeboy did not have the common courtesy to show up on the 12 March: question who substitutes for the Speaker during such times, because their was no speaker elected during that specific time..should the letter be addressed to the governor(our current laws needs revamping because some of these political tricksters keeps hiding behind loopholes in the current legislation)....he was duly elected however apart from submitting a letter the man went public with his decision to resign or retire from political office....Mark served the territory well socially and politically for several years: Mark can not allow his political-chairman to hall-and-pull him: Vanterpool had no intent to via for political office in 2019 but his chairmanship made him come back because the proposed candidate for #4 for 2019 was weak: some of us suspect the so-called resignation was an attempt to bring back the chairman into active political office but that con-plan did not work(he might not have won the #4 bi election) pool was then advised by chairman the technically within his document)..
  • jokers (18/03/2019, 08:46) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
  • Stop It (18/03/2019, 09:36) Like (15) Dislike (15) Reply
    VIP need to stop it.....As dumb as Mark decision may seems .. His resignation was invalid .He was advice the right way and he changed his mind ..That Seat is rightfully Mark seat . Stop the game stop the hate and play fair .
    • wize up (18/03/2019, 10:44) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ stop it: I agree with you 100000000%:
      • @Stop It and wize up (18/03/2019, 16:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        For your information, it is not a game. It is not hate either. It is no time for playing games, we live in the real world with serious regional and international implications if the leaders in the BVI are not aware of world politics. The people elected the candidate and apparently out of the blue, he ups and resigns. Why did he do that? And in a few days, he is now changing his mind? He already disrespected the people's vote by resigning so soon after being elected and publicizing it. The authorities need to make the appropriate decision shortly, so the next actions can be taken with the minimum of delay. The people's business must go on. No one man is to stop the work of a whole Territory.
  • Chick (18/03/2019, 11:06) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    People should always Know the Constitition Of The BVI
  • Wendy (18/03/2019, 12:03) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    Mark should be sworn in. No one wants a judicial battle in this matter.
    Least of all the UK.
    Mark will not only win his seat, but compensatory damage as well.
    The UK wants the BVI's " arrogant dare to be self sufficient head"on a platter but creating chaos has not worked and it won't. We are blessed.
  • Diana (18/03/2019, 12:57) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mark only withdraw his resignation because he saw Luce out campaigning on March 9, 2019 for the vacant seat. He is prepare to go to along length and by any means necessary to prevent her having that seat. Every name this party put forth has been rejected by the some in the 4th district. If Mark was really interested in the welfare of persons in the 4th he would have quietly retire and let someone else move the district forward. This pappy show he trying to create does no one any good. Time and resources wasted here could be best use somewhere else. I'm so disappointed in him.

    On the other hand this might very well be a way for the NDP on a hold to sabotage the newly elected government especially since Premier Fahie exposed many of their issues and call them the most corrupt government ever. By causing all this confusion, they can prevent this government from giving meaningful representation to we the people. As I have said before time and resources used on resolving this matter could be best use somewhere else to move the country forward.
    • Mi woa (18/03/2019, 14:02) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
      Diane you talking crap, name the persons mark pur uo luce can beat? Name on, the 4th us mark domain, get that on another note the man retire you all bit.., the man cones back you all bit..! Make up you all damn mind! Mark is back an now u need to live with that!
  • time to stop (18/03/2019, 13:06) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply

    I was so made Saturday night hearing the Premier introduce her as Hon. Luce Hodge- Smith, like we at Comedy Central. Let the decide if a by-election will take place or not. I’m neither for nor against but what the Constitution is the Supreme Law and if it says Hon Vanterpool’s resignation was not valid so be it. Until the AG advices the SOTH that the seat is vacant, who will then advise the Governor, you all just need to stop the madness.
    Before the Governor came out talking about by-elections he should have ensured the proper procedure was followed, he didn’t get advice from SOTH as there was not at the time, and even if there was the letter was not addressed to the Speaker that along makes it invalid.

  • wize up (19/03/2019, 04:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have never ever been political back them or right now: this is the first time that I am witnessing such political chaos in the British Virgin Islands:
  • beh (19/03/2019, 13:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Luce for sure this time around....
  • Sage (19/03/2019, 21:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    On March 5 Mark was not a member and there was no Speaker. A valid resignation could only have been made after the Speaker and members were sworn in on March 12. So regardless of what Mark wrote or to whom he wrote, he didn't resign from a position he didn't hold.
    Nevertheless had he attended the opening of the HOA on March 12 he would have been sworn in and become a member regardless of his previous decision. So what was his reason for not attending? It was because he was not willing to serve as the D4 Representative.
    So why should he be permitted to be sworn in after March 12? Was he sick, or off-island on personal business on March 12? No. And if he gets his way, what happens if next month he changes his mind again? It's not a game of musical chairs. It is the serious business of the territory.

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