The letter that NDP legislator Mark Vanterpool submitted to resign as Fourth District Representative has been marked as ‘invalid’ because it was not submitted to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, as mandated by the Virgin Islands Consitution.
After discovering this invalidity on Thursday, March 14, Vanterpool backpedalled on his decision to resign — a decision the recently-elected Speaker Julian Willock was reportedly prepared to accept.
Vanterpool’s resignation letter was submitted to the clerk on March 5, days before a Speaker was appointed.
“The Speaker, who was subsequently elected, wrote to me in a letter dated 13th March 2019 — received by me 14th March 2019 — pointing out that my resignation letter had to be addressed to ‘the Speaker’. His letter further stated that he accepted my resignation,” Vanterpool explained in
“However, since I did not write to him originally, today, 14th March 2019 in a letter addressed to ‘the Speaker’, I advised him that I wish to be sworn in at his earliest convenience as the representative for the Fourth D
I’m coming back for the people
Vanterpool further said he had a change of
He said he believed rescinding his resignation was “in the best interest” of the territory.
“My people of the Fourth District and my people of the territory, in spite of my desire to resign as previously stated for personal reasons, I have listened to your calls and wish to put those personal reasons aside … Please accept my apologies for any confusion or inconvenience that I have caused,” Vanterpool said
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It appears as if retired NDP legislator Mark Vanterpool has had a change of heart about retiring as the territory’s Fourth District Representative.
Highly-placed sources told BVI News this afternoon that after submitting his resignation letter this month, the Clerk of the House of Assembly refused the letter.
BVI News understands that Vanterpool — who had retired for ‘personal reasons’ — later asked to be sworn into office.
It is further understood that his request to be sworn in has been accepted and will be honoured.
This news comes just days after Governor Augustus Jaspert announced that the territory will have a by-election to fill the seat that Vanterpool resigned.
BVI News will provide more on this breaking story as it develops.
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