Category Archives: Democracy

LegCo win is a cakewalk for Friends ex-chairman Pamela

Pamela Ward Pearce, a long-standing chairman of the Friends of St Helena, has been elected to the island’s Legislative Council only months after leaving the UK. She secured 222 of the 448 valid votes cast in the 4 March 2015 by-election, … Continue reading

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Candidates wanted to fill Tony’s seat… if not his shoes

A by-election is to be held on St Helena on 12 March 2014 to fill the Legislative Council seat left vacant by the resignation of Tony Green. Mr Green resigned with effect from 17 December 2013 in order to travel … Continue reading

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Les Baldwin wins a place on Executive Council

The Honourable Leslie Baldwin has been elected to serve on St Helena’s Executive Council. The seat became vacant when Nigel Dollery stepped down from the island’s main decision-making group only weeks after the July 2013 general election, citing personal reasons. … Continue reading

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Debate could change fortunes of media rivals

A debate on St Helena’s media could affect the future of the government-funded SAMS Radio 1 – and possibly boost the fortunes of “the people’s radio station”,  Saint FM. SAMS Radio 1 and its sister newspaper, the Sentinel, have received at … Continue reading

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Questions in the House as erosion threatens homes

The plight of people whose homes are at risk from soil erosion is to be raised at the first full meeting of St Helena’s Legislative Council. The problem is affecting a stream embankment in the lower parts of Sandy Bay, … Continue reading

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LegCo set to debate health, housing and Lottery cash

The state of health care on St Helena is to be challenged at the first full meeting of the island’s Legislative Council since its inaugural session in July 2013. Councillor Leslie Baldwin has called for members to debate the level … Continue reading

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Trick or treat? Ascension gets a Hallowe’en election

When folk speak of The Count come Hallowe’en night on Ascension, it may not be Count Dracula they have in mind. An election for a new island council is to take place on the spookiest date in the calendar. The … Continue reading

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Anti-secrecy law ‘only months away’, predicts John

Work has begun in earnest on ending the entrenched culture of secrecy within St Helena Government – but one councillor has questioned whether it should be a priority. Open government became a key issue in the island’s July 2013 general … Continue reading

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New leaders vow to end ’embarrassment’ of secrecy

St Helena’s new political leaders have called for an early end to the “embarrassment” of excessive secrecy within the island’s government. They also voiced strong objections to having to sign an oath of confidentiality, blocking them from sharing any information … Continue reading

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Lawson Henry, Christine Scipio o’Dean, Cyril George, Ian Rummery and Nigel Dollery have been chosen as St Helena’s ruling Executive Council. They pledged to bring an end to the culture of secrecy in St Helena Government. Read more: Secrecy critics … Continue reading

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