While retracting previous statements that Mark Vanterpool is receiving a government salary even though he has not been sworn in as Fourth District Representative, government consultant and radio talk show host Claude Skelton Cline has now said Vanterpool ‘should’ be paid.
While citing Section 67 of the territory’s Constitution, Skelton Cline said, “the fact that he (Vanterpool) has not been sworn into the House of Assembly does not exempt him from compensation.”
Cline, who made the statement during his Honestly Speaking radio programme on Tuesday, June 11, further argued that Vanterpool must seek out the relevant authorities and ensure he receives payment.
“If the member of the Fourth is not being compensated, he needs to contact the Deputy Governor and the Governor who are responsible for public service and find out from HR (Human Resources) why it is that he is not being paid because, according to our Constitution, he is entitled to be paid as the elected member,” Cline stated.
Cline also said — except for participating in the House of Assembly — not being sworn in should not exclude Vanterpool for performing his duties as an elected representative.
“As a matter of fact, he should be working on the behalf of the constituency — the persons who sent him there and even the ones who didn’t vote for him. He should be working on behalf of every Fourth District constituent,” the government consultant said.
Cline’s statements follow a BVI News article in which Opposition Leader Marlon Penn refuted his (Cline’s) May 28 claims that Vanterpool was receiving all his benefits as a member-elect.
At the time, Penn argued that residents of the Fourth District were suffering as a result of the ongoing issue surrounding the swearing in of Vanterpool.
Penn was speaking outside Government House moments after accompanying a committee of aggrieved residents who submitted a 1,000-signature petition to Governor Augustus Jaspert.
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