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Volney to hand over office keys tomorrow
Herbert Volney will not be tendering his resignation as MP for St Joseph tomorrow. Based on Speaker Wade Mark’s September 9 ruling that the seat be declared vacant, Volney said, “My seat just disappears...it dissipates within 14 days. I don’t have to resign. That is it. I am out of politics. I am through.” He, however, will surrender the keys of his constituency office to manager Mark Dolsingh tomorrow. “Why should I resign? I was elected for five years.”
Volney, 60, said tomorrow will be spent relaxing at home. In the coming months, he will decide his future. He said he already had a few options. “I think that everyone believes that I am tendering my resignation, but I am not. The Speaker gave me 14 days to get out of his House and I am not fighting him. So his order prevails.” With him of out the way, Volney said, the Speaker has to declare the seat vacant some time next week. “And then the Prime Minister gives a date for a by-election which is constitutionally due in 90 days.”
Volney, who has since aligned himself with Jack Warner’s Independent Liberal Party (ILP) was given 14 days to legally challenge or accept the Speaker’s ruling, which ends on September 23. Under Section 49 A (4) of the Constitution, Volney, according to a statement by Mark, is required to cease to perform his functions as a member of the House of Representatives with immediate effect.
Volney said he was not prepared to put at risk all his life’s work by taking Mark’s ruling to court, which was one option he could have taken. “One never knows what could happen at the end of litigation. I am not prepared to put whatever I own and what is for my family to be taken away from me, if I should have lost in the end.” Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced that Minister of the Environment and Water Resources Ganga Singh was caretaker of St Joseph.
Yesterday, Singh greeted and chatted with his constituents for the first time in Aranguez. Volney said the three years he served as MP, the UNC never supported him because he was not part of the cabal. “If it means to say that I failed, then it was by design of this Government. It was not for want of asking or trying. If they did not want me to succeed, which is what obviously happened, I could not have delivered as much as I wanted to. I know the people are hurting from what this Government did to me.”
As for the seat, Volney said the election race was between the ILP and People’s National Movement (PNM). “There will be a fight with the PNM. They will put up some resistance because they have some hard core PNM-until-I die voters. But the trend right now is swinging to the ILP.” He said the UNC has lost all credibility.
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