Preparation is underway to update the Register of Electors for St Helena. Whilst this is an annual process, members of the public are reminded that this year’s Register will be used for the General Election that will take place in July 2017.

Eligible persons are therefore encouraged to make application to add their names or amend any details in the current Register, dated 1 July 2016.

Currently, persons eligible to be registered must:

  • Be over the age of 18 years with St Helena as their ordinary place of residence
  • Have St Helenian status or be the spouse or life partner of a person who has such status

There are some exceptions, such as mental incapacity or if someone is serving a prison sentence of 12 months or more.

The Provisional Register of Electors will be issued on Monday, 8 May 2017. This will be followed by a 14 day period during which applications can be made to make final amendments to the Register before it is published to come into effect on 1 July 2017.

The public is advised that a Bill will go to formal Legislative Council in May to amend the Elections legislation to allow 17 year olds to add their names to the Register thus enabling them to vote in the General Election. Further publicity will be given nearer the time.

In the meantime, applications to amend the current Register must be submitted to the Registration Officer, Gillian Francis, by no later than 4pm on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 to enable the Provisional Register to be published on 8 May 2017.

Application forms are available from Assistant Registration Officers and also on the SHG website:

Further information about registering and making amendments may be obtained from Registration Officer, Gillian Francis, via email or Assistant Registration Officers, Carol George via e-mail and Anita Legg via e-mail

The current Register dated 1 July 2016 is available for inspection at the Office of the Registration Officer in the Castle, the Customer Service Centre, the Public Library, ANRD Offices at Scotland, all rural sub-Post Offices, and on the SHG website. Copies are also held by Assistant Registration Officers and the Administrator’s Office on Ascension Island.

Remember, if your name is not on the Register of Electors you will not be able to stand or vote in the upcoming General Election.

Posters highlighting the process for getting on the Register will soon be displayed in various outlets around the Island. A dedicated Facebook page and Twitter account has also been set up for this year’s General Election – follow us via the details below for all the latest news.

#StHelena #GeneralElection2017 #GetRegistered #YourFutureYourResponsibility

28 March 2017

The public is advised that the road at Toby’s Ledge, Blue Hill, will be closed on Thursday, 30 March 2017, from 9am until 12 noon.

This is to allow the Forestry Section of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Division to carry out the safe felling of two trees in this area.

As usual, only Emergency Services will be granted access during this time.

The Forestry Section would like to thank the public in advance for their cooperation. Any inconvenience caused is very much regretted.

#StHelena #RoadClosure #TreeFelling

28 March 2017


A male person has been charged in connection with the theft of a large number of flagstones from the ‘Sand Store’ at the Wharf.

St Helena Police are still seeking further witnesses and information at this time.

Any information relating to this investigation can be sent to the CID or to temporary DS Dave Cushway on tel: 22626 or via email:

In January of this year, St Helena Police appealed to the public for information regarding the theft of these heritage flagstones belonging to Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc.

These stones are considered to be St Helena heritage, and were the original flooring from the Malabar building. They are part of the Island’s history and are highly valued by Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc and the Island as a whole.

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #PublicAppeal


28 March 2017


The public is advised that due to the need for rehabilitation works, the Roads Section will be closing the road from Head O’Wain to the Saddle at Horse Pasture between 9am and 3pm on Wednesday, 5 April 2017.

No unauthorised vehicles will be allowed to travel on this road during the closure but, as usual, Emergency Services will be granted access.

Persons requiring materials from Nigel George’s Quarry at Horse Pasture are asked to make collection before this scheduled closure.

The Roads Section thanks the public in advance for their continued understanding and cooperation.

#StHelena #RoadClosure

28 March 2017


A Multi-agency Major Incident Exercise is planned to take place on Wednesday, 12 April 2017. This Exercise is necessary to test the Island’s response to an emergency incident. It will also test how the General Hospital is able to deal with a large number of casualties.

The Exercise is due to start in the morning and will last for most of the day. Normal business should not be affected.

Volunteers are required to play a variety of roles in the Exercise. Persons wishing to volunteer are advised to contact the Emergency Planning Department on tel: 25052, or email either:

Emergency Planning Manager, Ian Johnson: or

Deputy Emergency Planning Manager, Simon Wade:

The Health Directorate would also like to advise the public that all non-emergency services will be suspended on this day. This includes:

  •  Jamestown Outpatient Clinic
  • Community Outpatient Clinics
  • Community Nursing Services
  • Dental Nursing Services
  • Dental Services
  • Pharmacy
  • Laboratory, for routine outpatient blood tests

The switchboard at the General Hospital will not be accepting any incoming calls and all emergencies will need to be directed through 911.

 All medical emergency requirements must be presented to the General Hospital reception, where patients will be triaged by a nurse. Further medical treatment will be arranged if appropriate.

The General Hospital will not be open to members of the public. Visiting times for inpatients during this day will be suspended until 5pm.

The Health Directorate apologises for any inconvenience.

#StHelena #MajorIncidentExercise #EmergencyResponse

St Helena Resilience Forum                                                                                                                                      

28 March 2017




A formal meeting of the St Helena Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will take place on Wednesday, 5 April 2017, in the Council Chamber. The meeting will be broadcast live via SAMS Radio 1.

 Members of the public and interested persons are invited to attend the meeting.

 Programme of Business



Wednesday, 5 April 2017

1.30pm – 2.15pm

St Helena Government – 2015/16 Financial Statements and Management Letter

2.15pm – 2.45pm

Bulk Fuel Installation – 2015/16 Financial Statements and Management Letter

2.45pm – 3.00pm


3.00pm – 3.30pm

St Helena Currency Fund – 2015/16 Financial Statements and Management Letter


3.30pm – 4.00pm

St Helena Hotel Development Ltd – 2015/16 Financial Statements and Management Letter




27 March 2017


All posters submitted during the recent Water Poster Competition – ‘How do you save water?’ – are now on display in the Gallery at the Museum of St Helena, Jamestown. The posters are on display from today, Monday 27 March 2017, until Sunday, 2 April 2017 (see photo attached).

Members of the public are encouraged to view the display which showcases the creative talent of the young people on St Helena.

#StHelena #SavingWater


27 March 2017

APRIL 2017

As part of their Neighbourhood Policing Programme, St Helena Police Officers will continue their ‘beat surgeries’ in various places around the Island throughout April 2017.

These surgeries are designed to take place in busy areas where it is easier for more people to attend (see dates & times below).

A questionnaire will also be available so people can tell the Police what concerns them most in their area. This will help the Police identify patterns which will then help them to develop a problem solving plan.

Beat Surgeries – Dates & Times





Saturday, 1 April 11am – 1pm The Market, Jamestown
Monday, 3 April 10am – 12 noon Longwood Supermarket
Friday, 7 April 12.30pm – 2pm Half Tree Hollow Supermarket
Saturday, 8 April 2pm – 3pm Thorpe’s Shop, Sandy Bay
Saturday, 8 April 3.15pm – 4pm Allsorts Shop, Sandy Bay
Monday, 10 April 10am – 12 noon Half Tree Hollow Clinic
Thursday, 13 April 10am – 12 noon The Hospital, Jamestown
Friday, 14 April 11.30am – 1.30pm The Canister, Jamestown
Saturday, 15 April 10am – 12 noon Rosemary Plain
Saturday, 15 April 12 noon – 1pm Blueman’s Field, St Paul’s
Friday, 21 April 1pm – 3pm Silver Hill Bar, Levelwood
Saturday, 22 April 10.30am – 12.30pm The Post Office, Jamestown
Friday, 28 April 7pm – 9pm Moonshines Bar, Blue Hill
Saturday, 29 April 2pm – 4pm Longwood Avenue

#StHelena #CommunityEngagement #StHelenaPolice #NeighbourhoodPolicing


27 March 2017



Further to Friday’s press release on the RMS St Helena making good progress to Cape Town, the public is advised that unfortunately due to weather conditions the vessel was not able to make the speeds predicted over the weekend. This means that the RMS will now arrive at Cape Town in the early hours of Tuesday morning, 28 March 2017, and not early evening today as previously announced.

The Captain has advised passengers that those who have made accommodation bookings in Cape Town for tonight will be provided with a letter stating the reason they have been unable to honour this booking.

#StHelena #RMSStHelena


27 March 2017


The RMS St Helena is making good progress to Cape Town and is expected to arrive in the early evening on Monday, 27 March 2017, rather than the morning of Tuesday, 28 March, as previously advised.

Passengers have been advised by Captain Williams that those who do not have accommodation in Cape Town for the night of 27 March and who wish to remain onboard until Tuesday morning may do so.

The earlier arrival in Cape Town will enable the RMS to be moved to Simons Town on 28 March 2017.

#StHelena #RMSStHelena


24 March 2017