The Social & Community Development Committee is currently seeking views on a proposed amendment to the St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha Constitution.
Although prioritisation of persons with St Helenian status for employment is the key issue currently, Constitutions of other British Overseas Territories show that provision exists in other Islands to prioritise local persons in additional ways such as Immigration, Engaging in any Business or Profession and Movement or Residence within the Territory.
The proposed amendment to the St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha Constitution therefore aims to provide the same opportunity as local populations in other British Overseas Territories already have. The amendment will allow laws to be passed that will enable persons with St Helenian status to have special treatment without breaching the protection against discrimination provided by the Constitution.
Below is a reminder of the remaining public consultation meetings. All meetings will start at 7.30pm. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings to provide the necessary feedback.
|Jamestown Community Centre||Tuesday, 18 April||Hon Dr Corinda Essex|
|Harford Community Centre||Wednesday, 19 April||Hon Brian Isaac|
|Sandy Bay Community Centre||Thursday, 20 April||Hon Dr Corinda Essex|
|Blue Hill Community Centre||Monday, 24 April||Hon Brian Isaac|
|Rupert’s Church (for residents in the Briars and Rupert’s area)||Tuesday, 25 April||Hon Dr Corinda Essex|
|Silver Hill Bar, Levelwood||Thursday, 27 April||Hon Brian Isaac|
Anyone wishing to make any comment about the proposed amendment to the Constitution may do so in writing to Hon Brian Isaac, Chairman Social & Community Development Committee, The Castle, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, comments can also be sent to Miss Nicole Plato, Secretary to the Social & Community Development Committee, the Castle or via email: email@example.com by no later than Tuesday, 2 May 2017.
The proposed amendment to the relevant section of the Constitution is available in hard copy at the Public Library and is also available on the SHG Website at the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Constitutional-amendment-Section-21-final-for-consultation..pdf
Social & Community Development Committee
18 April 2017