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).
Following a General Election in October 2022, the system of governance changed from a Council Committee system to a Ministerial system, to allow for the election of a Chief Minister by secret ballot from amongst the12 Elected Members.
The Chief Minister then recommends to the Governor the appointment of 4 Minsters and together they form the Executive Council. The Attorney General is an ex-officio Member of the Executive Council.
Executive Council is the highest policy-making body on St Helena and consists of Chief Minister, Julie Thomas, Councillor Jeffrey Ellick, Councillor Mark Brooks, Councillor Christine Scipio and Councillor Martin Henry.
Three Ex official and non-elected members also sit on LegCo – the Chief Secretary, the Financial Secretary and the Attorney General.
There are six Council Committees:
- Economic Development Committee
- Education Committee
- Environment & Natural Resources Committee
- Finance 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