The first sitting and first session of House of Assembly is fewer than 24 hours away and the Fahie administration has kept virtually quiet about who it will pick to become the next Speaker of the House.
Though the Fahie administration remains tightlipped, unofficial reports to our news centre are that government’s picks for the post include media owner and former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications & Works Julian Willock, former legislator Irene Penn-O’Neal, educator Barbara Stevens deFreitas, and former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority Claude Skelton Cline.
While the reports are yet to be confirmed, insider sources say Willock is a favourite for the post.
The 13-member House is expected to elect its Speaker when the House convenes at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Road Town on Tuesday — the first time since the February 25 General Election.
According to Section 69 (1) of the Virgin Islands Constitution: “When the House of Assembly first meets after any general election and before it proceeds to the despatch of any other business it shall elect a person to be the Speaker of the House.”
“No person shall be elected as Speaker if he or she is a person disqualified for election as a member of the House by virtue of any provision of section 66(1) other than paragraph (f),” it further reads.
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