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UPDATE: HoA officially dissolved by Gov Rankin, proclamation gazetted

Just as was first and accurately reported by our news center, the House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands was dissolved on Friday, March 10, 2023. Photo: GIS/Facebook
The House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands will be dissolved on Friday, March 10, 2023, according to reports reaching our newsroom. Photo: VINO/File
The House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands will be dissolved on Friday, March 10, 2023, according to reports reaching our newsroom. Photo: VINO/File
Legislators are expected to debate the Audit Report on Assistance Grants today, March 9, 2023. Photo: VINO
Legislators are expected to debate the Audit Report on Assistance Grants today, March 9, 2023. Photo: VINO
Deputy Premier and Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) has said he respects the work of the Auditor General. Photo: Facebook
Deputy Premier and Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) has said he respects the work of the Auditor General. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Just as was first and accurately reported by our news center, the House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands was dissolved on Friday, March 10, 2023.

Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) wrote Governor John J. Ranking with the request and the governor has carried out the wishes of the Premier in accordance with Section 84 (2) of the Virgin Islands Constitution.

It’s official!  

A special Gazette was published last evening March 10, 2023, with the proclamation giving the date of March 10, 2023 when the Fourth HoA was dissolved.

Under the Constitution, Section 86, the election now must be held within a minimum of 21 days or a maximum of 60 days but cannot go beyond May 12, 2023.

The Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. Wheatley is the only one who can decide an election date.

See previous story publish on Thursday, March 9, 2023. 

HoA to be dissolved Friday, March 10, 2023

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The House of Assembly (HoA) is expected to be dissolved on Friday, March 10, 2023, information reaching our newsroom from sources within the HoA has indicated. 

While no official date has been set for the 2023 General Elections, it is constitutionally due to take place no later than May 12.

The House of Assembly is constitutionally required to be dissolved by March 12, 2023, in advance of a General Election that must be held within 21 days to 2 months later.

According to reports reaching our newsroom, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) is expected to advise the Governor on the dissolution of the HoA on Friday.

It is unclear whether Dr Wheatley will make an announcement on the house being dissolved during today's Fourth Sitting of the 5th Session of the 4th House of Assembly slated for 10:00 AM today.

Assistance Grants Audit Report to be debated.

Meanwhile, the controversial Assistance Grants Audit Report is expected to be laid in the House of Assembly (HoA) and debated today, March 9, 2023.

During the VIP Let’s Talk radio show on ZBVI 780 AM on March 7, 2023, Deputy Premier Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) said he is looking forward to the debate.

“We look forward to explaining to the people and letting the people know exactly what took place. We do respect the office of the Auditor General, but it’s always necessary to give a different perspective as to what took place…” Hon Rymer said.

Leaked Report

Governor John J. Rankin, CMG had ordered an inquiry into the leaking of the report, deemed a confidential document, which was made available to Cabinet but was unintended for the public without redactions.

The Audit Report into Public Assistance Grants, which was made between January 2019 and May 2022, was reportedly leaked by a Cabinet member for political expediency and was widely circulated on social media.

The report contained a list of local students studying overseas and locally who received financial support from the Premier’s Office and the Ministry of Education and Culture during this period.

The Governor said prosecution is likely if any criminal offense is found to have occurred, regarding the leaking of the unredacted audit report on Assistance Grants.

16 Bills for HoA

Hon Rymer also said about sixteen important bills are expected to be brought up in today's HoA.

“Also, in the House on Thursday, we have about…sixteen bills that I think are quite important for us to get through. We did the first reading last week on these bills and they are related to the Financial Services industry, and you know, we are going through the assessment at this moment and these are things that would help us get through the assessment.

“We encourage the residents of the Territory to pay keen attention- read the bills and if you have any query reach out to any of the twelve elected officials and state what your concerns would be pertaining to each of these bills and we’ll be able to discuss it on your behalf in the House of Assembly," Hon Rymer reiterated.

The HoA sitting is expected to be aired LIVE on House of Assembly VI Youtube; House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands Facebook; 780 AM ZBVI Radio; CBN-Radio (90.9 FM); FLOW TV Channel 101; and CCT TV Channel 291.

30 Responses to “UPDATE: HoA officially dissolved by Gov Rankin, proclamation gazetted”

  • good news (09/03/2023, 10:24) Like (74) Dislike (17) Reply
    • hmm! (09/03/2023, 10:35) Like (8) Dislike (49) Reply
    • Read the Bills (09/03/2023, 11:58) Like (48) Dislike (1) Reply
      Residents are encouraged to read the Bills because the members of the HoA have not done so.
    • All of them. All new faces... (09/03/2023, 13:11) Like (38) Dislike (7) Reply
      All the old guards, all who had their chance to make a difference failed...We need 13 new faces...
  • Praise God! (09/03/2023, 10:27) Like (67) Dislike (5) Reply
    The quicker we get rid of this government the better.
  • one eye (09/03/2023, 10:30) Like (62) Dislike (56) Reply
    VIP coming right back
  • Well Sah (09/03/2023, 11:36) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bout dammnn time
  • HELP! (09/03/2023, 12:50) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Please help us from hete onwards.
    In Jesus name.
  • Disinterested (09/03/2023, 15:13) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    The fat lady has sung and nothing is stopping this campaign. Like Otis Redding, I was sitting on the bay watching the waves roll in and dreaming of the HOA and Government being staffed with a high powered, high octane team that would take the BVI to the next level. The BVI is in an existential, hyper-crisis situation and needs a high powered, experienced, knowledgeable, forward looking, clear vision, competent, etc , team. Then I awoke from the dream in distress that it was just a dream. The reality is I ‘m not seeing that high powered team as yet. I have not yet seen a well-structured plan rolled out as yet. I’m hearing a lot of general talk, scatter shot ideas being thrown around. To me, the best that the BVI can hope for is another coalition government, picking the best from among those elected to form a government basically to continue implementing the COI. The BVI has brought its pig to a fine market. The BVI thought it had put Colonialism 1.0 somewhat behind. But lo and behold some selfish, some Uncle Toms, greedy,etc, bastards fueled the colonialism pathogen which was just laying dormant waiting to be revived. Now Colonialism 2.0 has been revived and roared back with a vengeance. The bird sanctuary, the little sleepy hollow, the poor house of the West Indies, etc, has come alive fueling the return of the colonialists and gentrification. But hope springs eternal so let’s us close fist and work together to geh ah dun. No one else is going to do it for us, regardless of the grin, and faux smile. Everybody else looks out for themselves and their kind so Virgin Islanders better do the same.
    • Coalition (10/03/2023, 09:47) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
      Indeed, a coalition government is the most likely and optimal outcome. The voters will decide but outlook for a party winning a majority seems unlikely. There is not concentration of talent in any one party( the talent is disbursed among parties. Some horse trading will occur to form a strong government. Both major party failed the succession planning test.
    • @Disinterested (12/03/2023, 11:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Disinterested, indeed, you were dreaming. Yes, the BVI is in crisis. Rahm Emmanuel , former mayor of Chicago, quipped, ‘never let a good crisis go to waste.’ Nevertheless, the BVI is in crisis but I don’t see any patriot with a strong supporting cast emerging to lead and capitalize on the crisis. This phrase is E. Leonard’s “the VI must lean and fail forward and capitalize on its failures.’ I concur. Well, the line and hook is baited with some good soja crab but all that is happening is nibbling at the bait. The BVI is in awkward situation. Locals are waiting for each other to step forward. And the supposed governor of the BVI who is supposed to represent the people of VI who had no say in his appointment is representing the UK, playing a game of “Got You.” The colonialists have the attitude that Blacks are poor leaders and administrators and some locals are helping them to prove their point. Does the the BVI have challenges? Have some former leaders behave in less than an exemplary manner? Yes. Does the UK has challenges. Yes. How are those strikes going and why? Does the IS have problems? No doubt. Does France have challenges? Oui.

  • WOW (09/03/2023, 15:48) Like (57) Dislike (4) Reply
    I have never been this excited about the house dissolving in my life! Do not bring them criminals back! Good riddance.
    • Same old brooms. (11/03/2023, 16:02) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
      My New Govt for Fest. . VIP with 5 seat ....PVIM with 3 seats.....NDP with 3 seats.. 2 at large...
      The recent rift between Mitch and Sowande would hamper VIP interest in Joining with PVIM the preferred choice, Hence, we see another unity Govt between NDP and VIP and independent, Sowande remains Premier, this time seeing a fight between Lorna and Marlon for deputy, With Lorna winning this fight..
  • unvaxx 4ever (10/03/2023, 06:24) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    Months now the slow man had the dissolving date in his pocket. why he don't hold on to it longer. time longer than twine bossy. who don't hear will now feel the power of the people.
  • John (11/03/2023, 14:52) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    For now vip has the most candidates
  • I go (11/03/2023, 15:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks father
  • Curious (11/03/2023, 15:55) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where can one find a copy of the leaked document...?
  • Native senior citizen (MoG) of the British Virgin Islands (11/03/2023, 16:01) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    A new political Cabinet is needed 2023 in order for the people of the British Virgin Islands to experience better governance.

    The VIP Government particularly left the sewerage system undone so that they will be able to do more work on it before election day, but not to finished it. For them this is called good governance, but in reality it ongoing deception.

    1. The apartment buildings above the electric Dept up the hill.

    2. Pock Wood Pond Wharf garbage eyesore.

    3. Unfinished filthy pot hole road, especially in the 7th electoral district.

    4. Underpaid hard working teachers.

    5. Disrespectful of high authority.

    6. No credible accountibilty given for questionable missing public missing finances.

    7. Zig Zag unbalanced leadership.

    8. Paying special attention to only handpicked groups of our demographic need.

    9. Youths is chose.

    10 Murder rate and violent crime on the rise.

    11. Infighting among government's leaders.

    12. Blatant of delegate in some cases for the sick and elderly parents.

    13. And the list of negativity and misrepresentations is added to.

    A news political Cabinet is needed 2023 in order for the people of the British Virgin Islands to experience better governance.

    The VIP Government has failed to. Serve us unselfishly over the past 4+ years, facts.
  • Yow show time (11/03/2023, 16:05) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now that the head coach aint here wonder who will be the worker of iniquity for the vip
  • Sowande again (11/03/2023, 16:06) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Its gojng be Sowande again in another unity set up..Whats diffefenr this time we are going to have a stronger deputy, a stronger opposition and a few new faces.
  • time (11/03/2023, 16:45) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    What is the date for elections?
  • WEW (11/03/2023, 17:08) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I believe we won't see the HOA for a couple years. Works for me
  • VOTER6BVI (11/03/2023, 17:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • 2023 (12/03/2023, 06:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    there must be a definite day for elections as we move forward
    • Mustang (12/03/2023, 09:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Constitutional Review Committee must negotiate setting a fix date for conducting the general election. The current system creates much uncertainty and provides an advantage for the incumbent party. Level the playing field. The U.K. had a date certain for election up to a few years ago.
  • VIP WINS AGAIN….. (12/03/2023, 07:04) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    My analysis: The VIP has a 40% loyal block of voters who will support them not matter what corruption allegations they’re accused of. (This is concerning, since many of them are professing Christians)

    The other 60% of the voters will have to be shared among the other political parties and independents, thereby giving VIP an easy win at the poles.

    To prevent VIP from being re-elected, we need a two- party race. Any more than two, plays into the hands of a straight forward VIP victory.

    Remember this prediction the day after our general election!!!!!!
  • Really (12/03/2023, 09:01) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    we still have to do what the governor says no one cannot do what they want the governor still ruled everything come from him so don't think when we put in who we wants they could go in they and play boss don't be foolishness used ya all understanding they are watching us to see who fit too lead the governor is looking on because this is where England will take over serious chose wise and remember we cannot have bullies

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