Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock is remaining mum on whether he will honour Premier Andrew Fahie’s request for him to swear in member-elect of the Fourth District, Mark Vanterpool.
When BVI News contacted the Speaker on Monday, he said: “The matter is still in court so I cannot comment.”
Further pressed on whether he will consider the Premier’s request, Willock pointed to the above statement as his response.
Premier Fahie had announced on Sunday that, “after much consultation, meditation and prayer”, he decided to ask the Speaker to swear in Vanterpool.
While Fahie said he believes the Speaker is right to pursue the matter to the fullest extent, he also thinks the issue has been ongoing for an excessive amount of time and “has become a source of discord and bitterness” for the territory.
The decision to swear in Vanterpool is still ultimately Willock’s, notwithstanding the Premier’s request.
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