Devoted Virgin Islands Party (VIP) supporter Claude Skelton Cline is calling on residents to be patient in relation to the ongoing legal case on whether Mark Vanterpool should be sworn in as Fourth District representative.
Despite the High Court ruling that Vanterpool ought to be sworn in, the VIP’s Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock has filed an appeal on the matter.
In a statement during his Honestly Speaking radio programme on Tuesday, Skelton Cline said the matter is a constitutional one that needs to be handled ‘properly’.
“We cannot allow, in my opinion, the current conclusion (the High Court’s judgement) to stand because you will have a situation and set the precedence where you are allowing the court in this instance to tell you what to do. With the same breath … no matter what the appellate court says, it still going to have to go back to the House and there is where the matter has to be properly distilled,” the talk show host said.
“I just want us to be a little more patient,” he therefore said.
Skelton Cline went on to describe the ongoing case as ‘important’.
“There are those who think that political capital is being extended and monies are being wasted. But here me say today, even where I sit politically, on matters of Constitution, we need to, yes, move with diligent haste. But [also] come to a place where there is no erosion by no personality who sits in a particular seat at any time. There should not be anything that undermines,” he said.
Skelton Cline, who is the owner of Grace Consultants, recently received a $98,000 government contract after he and his company were invited to submit a proposal for the job weeks after the VIP administration took office.
There was no tendering process because the contract was $2,000 shy of the $100,000 figure required for a tendering to occur.
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