by Fitsroy Randall (BVI News) Premier Dr. Natalio Wheatley has said a by-election would be triggered once First District Representative and former Premier, Andrew Fahie vacates his seat in the House of Assembly (HOA).
During the Fourth Sitting of the Fourth Session of the House of Assembly on Tuesday, Speaker of the House Corine George-Massicote said she would not be granting Fahie leave/permission to be absent from any future sittings of the House until his circumstances in the United States change.
Consequently, the former Premier will be forced to vacate his seat as the constitution indicates any member who misses three consecutive sittings of the HOA without leave from the Speaker will have to be removed as a member.
In a press conference earlier today, Dr Wheatley said he will look at the rules that govern the HOA and the constitution to decide on how best to proceed with the matter.
“There are a number of ways where a member’s seat can be vacated, and it is well publicised that if you miss three sittings without having the permission of the Speaker then the seat would vacate. If the seat vacates, it would trigger a by-election and that’s what the constitution says I believe it is within 60 days of the seat being vacated and a by-election, under our constitution, must happen if the seat is vacated,” Dr Wheatley said.