St Helena is governed within a democratic system where the people of St Helena elect members of the public to represent them in Legislative Council (LegCo).
There are 12 Councillors in LegCo representing the whole Island, who among themselves then elect five members to sit on Executive Council (ExCo) which advises the Governor in most areas of government policy.
To stand as a candidate for LegCo you must be over the age of 21 years and meet certain criteria (which can be viewed in the 2009 Constitution of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha).
To vote in the Elections you must be aged 17 and over, registered on the Electoral Roll and also meet certain criteria (also found in the Constitution).
Three Ex official and non-elected members also sit on LegCo – the Chief Secretary, the Financial Secretary and the Attorney General.
Executive Council is the highest policy-making body on St Helena and consists of five Councillors from Legislative Council. They are Derek Thomas, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Lawson Henry, Russell Yon and Anthony Green.
There are five Council Committees:
- Economic Development Committee
- Education Committee
- Environment & Natural Resources Committee
- Public Health Committee
- Social and Community Development Committee
There is also a further committee for Public Accounts:
- Councillor Scipio’s Report of attendance at 6th British Isles and Mediterranean Region Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Conference in Jersey (19-21 September 2019)
- Councillor Ellick’s Report of attendance at 64th CPC Conference in Uganda (22-29 September 2019)
- Councillor Buckley’s Report of attendance at BIMR Conference in Guernsey (19-22 May 2019)
- Report on EU – OCT Forum – Tahiti 2019
- CPA Dhaka report – Councillor Kylie Hercules
- Councillor Green’s Report on 16th OCT-EU Forum held in Brussels (19 – 23 Feb 2018)
- Councillor Lawson Henry’s Report of Attendance to JMC OT EN and EU 2017
- Councillor Ward Pearce’s Report on 65th Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedures