St Joseph seat ‘officially vacant’ today
Speaker of the House of Parliament, Wade Mark, is today expected to declare the seat of the constituency of St Joseph as being officiallly “vacant”.
The seat became vacant on Monday, 15 days after Mark invoked the Crossing of the Floor Act, removing former St Joseph MP Herbert Volney from the Parliament.
Volney, who was elected to the seat in 2010 under the People’s Partnership, had 14 days to legally challenge or accept the declaration.
He resigned as MP last week and vowed to exit electoral politics for good.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will, from today’s declaration, have 90 days to announce a by-election for the seat.
A by-election date can be announced no later than December 20.
Persad-Bissessar has, since Volney’s resignation, been quoted as saying that she was “prepared” for any eventuality in the by-election.