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Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020

Motion to reprimand Governor fails in HoA

Only Hons Fraser & Dr Wheatley vote in favour
The historic motion brought to the House of Assembly (HoA) by Senior Member of the Opposition, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) to reprimand the Governor has failed in the House of Assembly (HoA) after only receiving two votes in its favour moments ago, June 5, 2020.

Hon Fraser had brought the motion to the Eighth Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth House of Assembly at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola on May 28, 2020, over the late tabling of the BVI Airways (BVIA) report from the Auditor General.

Following the debates, which saw most of the contributors shying away from speaking up against the Governor and not stating clearly their position on the motion, it was requested by Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) that the motion goes to a vote.

The motion failed 2-9 as only Honourable Fraser and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) voted in favour of it.

At the time of the vote, At Large Representative Hon Shereen L. Flax-Charles had stepped out of the proceedings as she was not well while Fourth District Representative and Opposition Member, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool was absent.

Hon Fraser had made it clear that he was only seeking to have the Governor reprimanded as was within his rights as provided in the Constitution, Erskine May and the Standing Orders of the HoA, and that he was not seeking to have the Governor recalled.

More details to follow.

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