Island elections: nominations to be in by July 2

People planning to stand in the 2013 general election on St Helena have until noon on Tuesday, 2 July 2013 to submit nomination papers, it has been announced.

The Writ of Election is to be issued “shortly”, officially launching the campaign period.

In the UK, this would be the trigger for dissolving the council and initiating pre-election restrictions on government.

However, Governor Mark Capes dismissed councillors and imposed restrictions shortly before leaving the island in April.

No explanation has been given for this clear departure from democratic process. Major government business has been delayed several weeks longer than necessary as a result.

Candidates must be over 21, and not disqualified for reasons such as mental illness, holding judicial office, serving a prison sentence exceeding 12 months, or being a member of the Public Service – though public officers are allowed to stand in certain circumstances.

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