Jules James-meeting continues tomorrowPOSTED: 01/30/12 2:05 PM
St. Maarten – The second plenary public session of parliament about the UP-parliamentarian Jules James voting on November 17 of last year on motions that concerned himself is scheduled to begin tomorrow afternoon at two o’clock.
The meeting takes place at the request of the opposition National Alliance-faction. The first meeting last week Tuesday did not have a quorum because the UP-faction and independent Patrick Illidge did not sign in. If tomorrow’s meeting does not have a quorum either it will be reconvened for a third time. That meeting does not require a quorum and any decisions that are then taken are legal.
The National Alliance wants to discuss James’ voting on two motions in a meeting of parliament on November 17 of last year. The motions condemned James actions as general manager of the former Pelican Resort in Simpson Bay, the current Simpson Bay Resort and Marina, after he fired dozens of employees.
In spite of a clear conflict of interest, James voted against the National Alliance motion, causing it to stall at 6-6, and in favor of a watered down motion submitted by his own faction that did not mention his name. That motion did not carry because it did not get the required number of votes.
The National Alliance (NA) faction requested the plenary session in its initial letter dated January 10, 2012 to the president of parliament.
Governor Holiday called Parliament President Gracita Arrindell in for a meeting about this issue in a letter dated December 5. Arrindell said later that there were no legal grounds for the governor to interfere.
Tomorrow’s meeting will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20, on Pearl Radio FM 98.1 and via the Internet on www.pearlfmradio.com and www.sxmparliament.org.