The General Election 2013 will be held this Wednesday, 17 July 2013.

Each voter will be able to select up to 12 candidates, from the 20 listed on the Ballot Paper. You do not have to use all 12 votes – you can just select your one favourite, or two or three – in fact any number up to 12. If you select more than 12, your Ballot Paper will be invalid, and none of your votes will be counted.

A green leaflet on the voting process, including the list of candidates, and examples of valid and invalid Ballot Papers can be found in the following outlets:
• The Public Library
• The Customer Service Centre
• Jamestown Spar
• A&D’s Mini Mart
• Half Tree Hollow Spar
• Phillip John’s
• Sandy Bay (Thorpe’s)
• Sandy Bay (Solomon & Company)
• Silver Hill (Solomon & Company)
• Longwood Supermarket

Polling Stations at the Levelwood, Harford, Jamestown, Blue Hill, Sandy Bay, Kingshurst and Half Tree Hollow Community Centres and at Judges’ Lodge, Alarm Forest, will be open from 10 am to 7pm, they will close promptly at 7pm.

Counting of votes will begin in the main hall at Prince Andrew School at approximately 8 pm – after which the results will be declared, with candidates and supporters in attendance.

SHG
15 July 2013

Dax Richards is Sworn  in as Acting Financial Secretary
Dax Richards is Sworn in as Acting Financial Secretary

Assistant Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, has been appointed Acting Financial Secretary, following the departure of the substantive Financial Secretary, Colin Owen.

Dax took the prescribed Oaths of Office in the presence of His Excellency, Governor Capes, on Thursday 11 July 2013 – the third time Dax had taken on this role.

Colin Owen and his family departed the Island on Sunday 7 July for a period of overseas leave. He will return to St Helena on Monday, 2 September 2013.

SHG
15 July 2013

Stored Water Levels in Redhill Zone at Approx 18% of Normal Volume

The continued dry weather on St Helena has meant that the water situation in affected areas remains serious.

As we advised both media in a water update on 18 & 19 June respectively, one significant rainfall event (overnight on 14 June) had meant that:

• Although ‘Water levels in the Redhill distribution area remain exceptionally low’ – ‘consumption remained around 250 cubic metres per day’ – meaning 10 days’ supply:

‘Rain which has previously just soaked into the dry ground is now reaching the Earth Dam, but will need several weeks of settling before it can be used

That rain water, from the Harpers 1 & 2 Reservoirs, has now settled and is available as a reserve for the Redhill district water system.

However, compared to the normal Scotts Mill and Harpers reservoir levels at this time of year, this still only represents about 18% of the Redhill water volume that we would normally expect. Piping of additional water to the Scotts Mill reservoir continues and this is helping to stabilise the situation.

It also means that we have moved from around 14 days’ stored supply to over 30 days. But, consumption in the Redhill zone has crept up, to around 300 cubic metres per day.

This means that the situation remains serious, but not critical. Ahead of us lies the drier period between September/October and March.The laying of pipework and preparatory work for the pump to transfer water from Levelwood into the Hutts Gate system continues apace.

Residents served by the Redhill distribution plant are once again urged to continue to lower their water consumption. The Island as a whole is reminded that the Hosepipe Ban is still in force. Every effort to reduce usage must continue in order to stretch water supplies until we receive some more significant rainfall.

SHG
9 July 2013

Returning Officer, Gillian Francis, has today appointed the following persons as Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers for this year’s General Election – to be held on Wednesday, 17 July 2013.

Polling Station

Presiding Officer

 

Assistant Presiding Officer

 

Blue Hill Community Centre

 

Mrs Georgina Young

Mrs Sandra Williams

 

Half Tree Hollow Community Centre

 

Mrs Connie Johnson

Mrs Stephanie Crook

 

Harford Community Centre

 

Mrs Carol Thompson

Miss Linda Cranfield

 

Judges Lodge, Alarm Forest

 

Mrs Brenda Thomas

Mrs Jane Augustus

 

Kingshurst Community Centre

 

Mrs Karen Yon

Mrs Cynthia Bennett

 

Levelwood Community Centre

 

Mrs Cecily Bateman

Miss Paula Moyce

 

Jamestown Community Centre

 

Mrs Olive Williams

Miss Joan Yon

 

Sandy Bay Community Centre

Mr Gerald Benjamin

Mrs Thelma Sim

 

Polling Stations will be open from 10am to 7pm on the day of the Poll. Members of the public are encouraged not to leave it until the last minute to vote, as Polling Stations will close at exactly 7pm.

SHG

9 July 2013 

GENERAL ELECTION 2013

There will be one Election on Wednesday 17 July 2013, to elect 12 Councillors to represent the whole Island.  This means that all the candidates’ names will all on one Ballot Paper.

Each voter will be able to select up to 12 candidates.  But you do not have to use all 12 votes – you can just select your one favourite, or two or three – in fact any number up to 12. If you select more than 12, your Ballot Paper will be invalid, and none of your votes will be counted.

Polling Stations at the Levelwood, Harford, Jamestown, Blue Hill, Sandy Bay, Kingshurst and Half Tree Hollow Community Centres and at Judges’ Lodge, Alarm Forest will be open from 10 am to 7 pm. 

Counting of votes will begin in the main hall at Prince Andrew School at approximately 8 pm – after which the results will be declared, with candidates and supporters in attendance.

 SHG

9 July 2013 

 

The public are reminded that entries are invited from 10 years and upwards in the St Helena Photography Competition. 

All photos submitted must be taken on St Helena, but otherwise there are no conditions or caveats.  They can be existing photographs that you have already taken, or new ones, and can be on any subject.  For example, your family or friends, your home surroundings, a celebration or your favourite spot on the Island.  Indoors or outdoors, high quality or not – please feel free to submit all types of photographs that reflect any aspect of life on this Island. 

Apart from terrific cash prizes, winning entries will receive publicity as well as being placed on SHG’s new, more visual website.

Prizes for first place (£150), second (£75) and third (£50) will be awarded in each of three age categories.  These are those aged 10-15, 16-21 and 22 years and over.  So get snapping!

Images submitted for judging (a maximum of 5 photos per entry) should be stored on a CD or a memory stick, and placed in an envelope with a description of the pictures and approximate date/s taken, together with your name, age, and contact details.  Your entry should be addressed to Ian Jones, Chief Public Relations Officer, 1 Main Street.  If you have any questions at all about the competition, please call tel. no. 2368.

The closing date for entries is 4pm on Wednesday 31 July 2013.

SHG

8 July 2013

 

 

Mark Brumbill, Commercial Fisheries Development Manager, left St Helena on Sunday 7 July.  Julian Morris, Chief Executive for Economic Development, said:

“Mark had completed his initial appraisal and report on the St Helena Fishery, which sets out the many opportunities available to the Island. 

“I regret Mark’s departure, which is a loss to the Island, although I fully understand his decision to leave.  After considering a number of factors, including unfair and unwarranted comments from a few individuals, including some very serious personal threats to him and his family, Mark concluded that it would be extremely difficult for him to remain here to help Saints develop a prosperous and sustainable fishing industry.  I am grateful to Mark and his family, who made a significant commitment by leaving their home in Brazil to come here and share Mark’s skills and experience with those who want to see growth in St Helena’s fishing sector. 

“Mark identified great potential for St Helena’s fishery, provided that it can adapt to change, involving various fishing techniques and different approaches to business organisation, all matters on which he was well qualified to advise.  Looking ahead, we will build on his work by supporting a number of local fishing initiatives – the Fish Aggregation Devices and local boats trialling alternative fishing techniques, Argos moving the fishing boat The Argonaut to St Helena, the IGFA initiative and exploring the possibilities with Global Fish.”

On behalf of ESH

8 July 2013

Harry Legg takes the Oaths for Acting Sheriff
Harry Legg takes the Oaths for Acting Sheriff

Harry Legg OBE JP has today been appointed by Governor Capes as Acting Sheriff of St Helena (see attached photo), whilst the current Sheriff, Greta Pat Musk MBE JP, is temporarily away from the Island.

The Sheriff’s prescribed Oaths were taken before His Excellency in the Governor’s Office at the Castle and become immediately effective, until the substantive Sheriff returns to St Helena on 29 July 2013.

The Sheriff of St Helena is nominally responsible for enforcing Court Orders, and this is usually carried out by the police service on the Sheriff’s behalf. The Sheriff is also responsible for summoning Jurors when a Jury is required, either in the Supreme Court or for a Coroner’s Inquest.  The most conspicuous public role, however, is the swearing in of Governors and Acting Governors.

 

SHG

8 July 2013

 

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In the run-up the St Helena General Election on 17 July 2013, there continues to be much interesting discussion about the role of Councillors and officials and the structure of Government.  The public may find this brief summary helpful.

 

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

The 12 Councillors (Elected Members) who are elected on 17 July will make up (along with three non-voting members) the Legislative Council – usually known as ‘LegCo’.  LegCo is our Legislature – empowered to make laws.   Technically, it is the Governor who ‘makes’ the law, but he can only do so with the explicit approval of LegCo.  The 2009 Constitution took away the residual power for the Governor to make a law which LegCo had rejected.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

The 12 members of LegCo will choose five of them (with the same three non-voting officials) to form the Executive Council – usually known as ‘ExCo’.  The Executive Council is, for most purposes, ‘the Government’ [together with the Council Committees (see below) and LegCo].  All major policy decisions, including proposals to make new laws, or amend existing ones, pass through the Councillors on Executive Council.

Voters who have listened to, or read, the Governor’s ExCo Reports will know the vast range of subjects which ExCo deals with and determines.  Its meetings are, in effect, St Helena’s equivalent of UK Cabinet meetings.  Again, the 2009 Constitution reduced the Governor’s ability to act contrary to the Council’s advice.

 

COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Beneath the Executive Council, there will be five Council Committees.  Each will have a Chairman (one of the 12 Elected Members, chosen by them), and each will have a number of other Members.  Non-Councillors may be appointed, but there will be a majority of Councillors. Currently, all Committee Members are Elected Members of LegCo.

Unless the new Councillors advise differently, the five Committees will deal with a wide range of issues under the titles of:

  • Economic Development
  • Heath & Social Services
  • Education
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Community Development

These Committees have a central role in Government.  They formulate policies in their subject areas and submit these to ExCo for approval.  The supporting role of officials here is to advise upon, implement and operate approved policies.

VALUES

 

The operation of all arms of SHG are governed by and based upon the Partnership Values written into St Helena’s Constitution.  These principles are:

 

  • Good Faith
  • the Rule of Law
  • Good Government
  • Sound Financial Management
  • the Impartial Administration of Justice
  •  the Impartiality of the St Helena Public Service
  •  the Maintenance of Public Order
  • Compliance with Applicable International Obligations of the UK and of St Helena
  • the Maintenance of International Peace and Security and the Right of Individual or Collective Self-defence

 

In exercising their responsibilities and powers, all those working within Government have a duty to give effect to these Partnership Values and principles of good governance.

 

INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS

 

Under the Constitution, every person in St Helena is entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual – that is, has those rights, without distinction of any kind, such as sex, sexual orientation, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association, property, age, disability, birth or other status – subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest.

 

The Constitution contains extensive rules about fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, including:

  • the Right to Life, and Protection from Torture or Inhuman Treatment
  • the Right to Liberty
  • Freedoms of Conscience, of Expression, and of Assembly
  • Privacy and Family Life
  • Protection from Discrimination

 

All those working within Government are under a duty to respect these rights and freedoms.

SHG,  8 July 2013

 

Recent water samples from the Levelwood area indicate low levels of contamination.

Homes and businesses in Levelwood should boil their water before consuming or for using for domestic purposes.

Further sampling will be carried out next week to identify the cause and rectify the problem.  An update will be issued once the results are available.

On behalf of Connect Saint Helena Ltd

5 July 2013