Premier Andrew Fahie will today ask the House of Assembly to exempt Fourth District Representative Mark Vanterpool from vacating his seat as an elected member.
This request will be made because the government is currently doing business with two companies that Vanterpool is associated with.
In the first instance, Vanterpool is a director of OneMart Superstore — a supermarket in Purcell Estate that has been contracted by the Ministry of Health & Social Development to provide $869,773.34 worth of food packages and sanitary supplies to assist the Virgin Islands population during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This contract was signed on July 21, 2020.
OneMart also provided food packages and sanitary supplies to the government from March 2020 to May 2020. According to the government, OneMart has already been providing food, furniture, appliances and household items to all government ministries and departments and the residence of the Office of the Governor.
In the second instance, Vanterpool is a Director of Shoreside Development (BVI) Ltd, whose registered office is situated in Pockwood Pond.
The government has transferred a lease for 0.125 acres of land to Shoreside Development. The lease was previously granted to the Estate of Lillian A Romney. The value of the lease agreement has not been made public.
According to the BVI constitution, an elected member of the House of Assembly shall vacate his or her seat if that member is a director or manager of a company that is contracted to business with the Government.
However, the constitution also states that the House of Assembly allow this member to remain in his seat if such contracts are disclosed to the House within a reasonable time.
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