Governor Augustus Jaspert has confirmed that a by-election will happen “in the coming weeks”.
He made the statement in a brief media release Wednesday afternoon.
The territory is expected to have a by-election for the Fourth Electoral District within the next two months since National Democratic Party (NDP) legislator Mark Vanterpool has suddenly relinquished his post as the constituency’s elected representative.
Governor Augustus Jaspert is responsible for appointing a date for the by-election.
According to the Election (Amended) Act of 2019, “a by-election shall be held to fill the vacancy, on such date as the governor shall appoint by proclamation published in the Gazette, within two months but not less than 21 days of the occurrence of the vacancy, unless the House of Assembly is sooner dissolved or will be dissolved.”
Vanterpool, in the meantime, is yet to offer an explanation as to why he resigned public office only a week after being elected to the post.
The Fourth District was the only district seat to have four candidates vying to become its representative.
Vanterpool of the NDP won with 442 votes, the governing Virgin Islands Party followed closely behind with 385 votes, while the Vincent Scatliffe of Progressives United and Karl Scatliffe of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement secured 24 and 28 votes, respectively.
It is not clear if the NDP will be fielding a new candidate for the seat. It is also not known whether any of the defeated candidates will be returning to the polls for the anticipated by-election.
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