Days after the court ruled that he should be sworn in as Fourth District Representative, Mark Vanterpool has still not received correspondence from the Speaker of House of Assembly in relation to the swearing in.
The court had given the ruling last Thursday, May 2.
“I haven’t had any communication or heard from the House of Assembly as yet … Today is Monday so I am hoping and expecting that by today I would hear something,” Vanterpool said when BVI News contacted him around midday on May 6.
While it is still unclear whether the Speaker, Julian Willock, will honour or challenge the court’s ruling, Vanterpool noted that an important sitting of the House is scheduled for on May 17. He said he has not received a summons to attend.
“My other colleagues in the House of Assembly have been summoned to a meeting on the 17th of May … I am expecting that summons myself, considering the court order,” Vanterpool said.
When asked what his next step will be if he does not receive correspondence from the House or its Speaker, Vanterpool said: “I won’t comment on that at this point.”
“The court has given an order, the matter in my view is urgent … I would have wished that I was sworn in immediately,” he added.
Meanwhile, when questioned on the matter, Speaker Willock declined to comment on his intentions. He said his office is preparing a statement.
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