After months of a costly legal battle, member-elect for the Fourth Electoral District Mark Vanterpool will be sworn-in at the next sitting of the House of Assembly scheduled for Tuesday.
This is according to a July 10 letter addressed to Vanterpool from the Clerk of the House.
The letter said: “In Pursuant to Standing Order 10 (2), I have been directed by the Speaker of the House of Assembly [Julian Willock] to summon you to attend the Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly. This summon is inviting you to be sworn into the Fourth House of Assembly.”
Late last month, Speaker of the House Julian Willock wrote to the High Court indicating that he wished to discontinue his case against Vanterpool.
That letter to the court was submitted within 24-hours of Premier Andrew Fahie publicly asking the Speaker to swear Vanterpool into the House.
The controversy began when Vanterpool submitted a resignation letter addressed to the Clerk of the House shortly after being re-elected into office.
After sending the letter, he changed his mind after learning that his letter had to be addressed to the Speaker of the House in order for the resignation to be valid.
Willock, however, said he ‘accepted’ Vanterpool’s resignation and refused to swear in the member-elect. Vanterpool later took the matter to court who ruled in his favour. However, Willock filed an appeal to overturn the ruling. That appeal was still before the court when the Premier asked him to swear in Vanterpool.
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