Governor Augustus Jaspert said he will not get involved in the controversy surrounding Speaker for the House of Assembly, Ingrid Moses-Scatliffe, and her reported election candidacy under the NDP banner.
When asked questions on whether he thinks the Speaker should confirm or deny those reports and whether she should resign if the reports are true, the governor told journalists: “It’s not a matter for me.”
“It’s a matter for ‘a’, the speaker [and] ‘b’, for the House.
A number of legislators from both sides of the parliamentary aisle said they are concerned by the reports of the Speaker’s candidacy with the NDP.
They said their concerns are in relation to whether Moses-Scatliffe’s impartiality as Speaker is compromised by her alleged candidacy.
She is, therefore, receiving pressure to confirm or deny the reports but the Speaker has remained tightlipped.
She is now awaiting the opinion of Attorney General Baba Aziz as to whether it is ethical and/or lawful for her to remain as Speaker of the House if she plans to be a political candidate in the upcoming general elections.
Aziz is expected to give that opinion on the next sitting of the House on October 2.
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