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Several months late! HOA Standing Orders Committee elects new chair

Kye Rymer

The Standing Orders Committee of the House of Assembly (HOA) has elected Works Minister Kye Rymer as its new chairman; removing Territorial At-Large Representative Carvin Malone from the post.

Rymer’s appointment was made through a resolution that only passed in the House last Tuesday, February 21. But based on the HOA’s Standing Orders — the rules by which the House is governed — this exercise is nearly a year late.

According to Standing Order 74(2), the chairman of the committee must be a government minister, and Malone has not been a minister since he was demoted as Health Minister since May 2022.

This means that the members of the Standing Orders Committee — namely Malone, Rymer, Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley, Health Minister Marlon Penn, and Opposition Leader Julian Fraser has been derelict in their duty to elect a chairman from among themselves for several months.

It is not clear how many times the committee met since that time, if at all.

In past years, legislators from varying Houses of Assembly have been selective or neglectful in how they comply with HOA rules or some local laws specific to their responsibilities.

One glaring example is with present and past lawmakers’ breach of the Register of Interests Act. The Register of Interests is, effectively, a record kept of the financial interests of HOA members. Its purpose is to give them the mechanism to publicly declare any private interests which may conflict or may be perceived to conflict with their public duties. The Registrar of Interests Communicated to the House of Assembly that she has had great difficulty getting lawmakers to declare within the legally stipulated time.

COI: System for HOA’s Register of Interests not working very well


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  1. 1st district original says:


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  2. Wtf says:

    This is a farce. These people are shameless. HM King Charles please come and take the reins. We are a ship without a rudder or captain. If this territory is not rescued out of the hands of these criminals this once beautiful little Nature’s Little Secrets will go up in flames.

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  3. BuzzBvi says:

    Is there ever any reason for these delays? Or is it incompetence, laziness or actively resisting or hiding something? Is there a valid reason?

  4. FEDUP says:

    The people are just fed up with this group of guys they don’t have integrity or ability. After Fahie got in trouble they should have called an election.

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    Or is there anyone in BVI politics with any?

  6. My Jumbie Jack says:

    I have a very open mind and not governed by the emotions of born here or come here . I see a country of people who must move forward and combine skills and knowledge .My philosophy
    For the past three or less than so months I have had the privilege of working or to say Liase with two of the hugest and most active government departments and I was appalled at the backwardness with which they operate

    Wasting precious time going back on simple issues that can be solved in minutes take hours and everyone even days only to come back to the original solutions Why POWER PLAY

    Not returning phone calls
    Everyone an entity to itself , While poor needy people including young people suffer

    This system is broken and it takes more than the COI implementing plans to change this
    Shame on some of us civil servants .. Taking offense for foolishness ..: Not willing to listen
    A drastic revolutionary set of minds and ideas is needed to move this country forward
    Now I understand why those who want to work hard are stiffiled by lazy , unproductive so called professionals

    Try his country in big trouble

  7. Hmmm says:

    Not one of these that was derelict in their duties should get an X on Election Day. It’s time we demanded that they do better.

  8. Obviously says:

    It is obvious tbat this committee have not met all these months. But this appointment is done two months before election. Very astute.

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