There is an online petition calling for businessman Julian Willock’s appointment as Speaker of the House of Assembly to be revoked.
The petition — which had nearly 50 signatures up to press time — was launched on Friday, March 29 by an online user by the name, ‘Devon Daniels’.
A statement on the reason for the petition describes Willock’s two-week-old tenure as Speaker of the House as one that has been “controversial from the start” and an “embarrassment to democracy and neutrality”.
“He has demonstrated that he has no impartiality, holds personal grudges and will use his position and power as Speaker to exact bias, take revenge and cause confusion. Therefore we call on the Governor and Premier of the British Virgin Islands to revoke his appointment with immediate effect,” the organisers of the petition claim.
Petition doesn’t affect me, says Willock
When BVI News contacted Speaker Willock for comment Friday afternoon, he said he is aware of the petition but is not bothered.
“It is irrelevant to me,” the Speaker said. “It has no bearing. It is null and void. It doesn’t affect me.”
He further told BVI News: “The only person who can revoke [my post], I think, is the Premier, so I will refer you to him on that.”
However, when our news centre contacted Premier Andrew Fahie, he said he was currently ‘making a presentation’ in the Central American nation of Nicaragua.
“Let’s talk about it later,” he said in WhatsApp message to BVI News.
The petition, in the meantime, comes amid a controversy surrounding whether Mark Vanterpool should be sworn in as Representative of the Fourth District.
Vanterpool had submitted what he and the governor believe to be a ‘constitutionally invalid’ letter or resignation. Vanterpool — who has since changed his mind about resigning — now wants to be sworn in but Willock, the Speaker, refuses. Willock’s refusal comes despite the governor’s position on the matter.
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