3 August 2021
A General Election, to elect a new Legislative Council for St Helena, is due to be held in the coming months.
To be able to vote in the General Election, stand to be a Councillor, or to sponsor or support somebody to be a Councillor, your name must be included on the Register of Electors. The current Register came into force on 1 July 2021 and was published in an Extraordinary Government Gazette dated 21 June 2021. If your name is not already listed on the Register, this is your final opportunity to apply to have your name included.
The deadline for the Registration Officer to receive applications, using the prescribed Form A, is no later than 4pm on Thursday, 12 August 2021. Please note, applications received after this date will not be accepted for inclusion in the updated Register to be used in the General Election.
Persons eligible to be registered must:
- Have St Helenian Status as defined in the Immigration Ordinance, 2011
- Be 17 years of age or older with St Helena as their ordinary place of residence.
There are some exceptions, such as mental incapacity or someone serving a prison sentence of 12 months or more.
Persons already on the Register should also check if their details are correct. For example, if you have changed your name or address, you are encouraged to update your details. This is your last opportunity to do so and is especially important if you are considering standing for Election to the new Legislative Council.
You can also take the opportunity to make voting easier for you. For example, if you live in the Sandy Bay area and work in Jamestown, it might be more convenient for you to vote in the Jamestown Electoral District. This is possible but the Register needs to list you in the area you wish to vote in, so if you want to make this type of change, please complete Form A (available at: https://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/government/public-information/elections/) or contact either the Registration Officer or any of the Assistant Registration Officers.
Individuals who are temporarily absent from the Island and who wish to have their name included on the Register can make an application using the prescribed Form B. Eligibility for inclusion on the Register of individuals who are temporarily absent is as follows:
- Individuals must have St Helenian status
- Individuals must be ordinarily resident on St Helena but absent from there temporarily in connection with employment, education or training (of themselves, their spouse of life partner) or for the purposes of medical treatment (of themselves, spouse, life partner or a dependent); and
- Must not have been absent from St Helena for a continuous period of 30 months or for periods exceeding in aggregate 625 days in the preceding 30 months.
Form B is available from the SHG website via the following link: https://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/government/public-information/elections/
The current Register is available for viewing on the Gazettes page of the SHG Website at: https://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/government-gazettes/.
Hard copies can also be found at the following locations:
- Customer Service Centre, Jamestown
- Public Library, Jamestown
- ENRPP Offices, Scotland
- Rural sub Post Offices,
And held by Assistant Registration Officers and the Assistant Registration Officer at the office of the Administrator, Ascension Island.
All applications will need to be submitted to the Registration Officer, at the Castle, by no later than 4pm on Thursday, 12 August 2021.
Further information about registering and making amendments may be obtained from Registration Officer, Carol George, at the Castle on tel: 22470 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final Register to be used in the General Election will be published in due course and the public will be made aware of this via a Press Release.
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3 August 2021