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Psst… councillors debate transparency

Government transparency and accountability are understood to be on the agenda for a meeting of St Helena’s Legislative Council – the island’s parliament.

The meeting – Monday 25 February 2013 – was not publicised in either of the island newspapers, and St Helena Government has issued no press release to say it would be happening.

St Helena Online has been unable to find any mention of it on the government website.

The only public report in advance of the meeting appears was a radio interview by SAMS Radio 1 (the South Atlantic Media Service) – which cannot be received on all parts of the island.

The new Saint FM did not receive its licence in time to report the meeting and Radio St Helena, which broadcast LegCo meetings live, was closed by the government on Christmas Day.

St Helena is a democracy.

COMMENT:
Quite a strange way to announce the meeting.  SAMS Radio coverage is by no means
island-wide and provides no availability whatsoever for overseas Saints, who
could legitimately have been interested in knowing LegCo was happening.  So only
5/10 for effort!John Turner, St Helena

SEE ALSO:
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Transparency campaign prompts fear of island tensions
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