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Time to end low opinion of councillors, says Governor

Governor Mark Capes has called on St Helena’s new councillors to provide strong leadership and break down past distrust of the island’s government. In what could be seen as a criticism of former councillors, he told the island’s new leaders … Continue reading

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Cathy is elected Deputy Speaker

Cathy Hopkins has been elected as Deputy Speaker of St Helena’s new Legislative Council. She immediately took over the conduct of the inaugural meeting of the new council in the absence of the Speaker, Eric Benjamin, who had been receiving … Continue reading

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2013 election: older men dominate once again

The list of candidates standing in the 2013 general election on St Helena may be a disappointment for Governor Mark Capes. While the line-up of 20 candidates is healthy enough, only four of them are women and even fewer of … Continue reading

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Stedson attempts to revive party politics on St Helena

An attempt is being made to introduce party politics to St Helena for the first time in four decades. Stedson George has announced the launch of the St Helena Democratic Socialist Party. It follows a separate announcement by would-be councillors … Continue reading

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Ninety days in a wilderness: election delayed until last moment

The restoration of democratically-elected government on St Helena is to be delayed until the last possible week. A general election is to take place on St Helena on 17 July 2013 – two days short of the 13-week deadline allowed … Continue reading

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I’m stepping down from politics, says Rodney the reformer

One of St Helena’s leading politicians has announced that he will not fight to keep his seat as a councillor in the next election, due to take place before the end of July 2013.  Rodney Buckley suffered a disappointment when … Continue reading

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‘Tangled’ political system hinders democracy, says Mr Capes

St Helena’s “over-complicated” system of government has been blamed by Governor Mark Capes for a lack of public confidence in decision-makers. Now the people of St Helena are being asked their views on re-writing part of the island’s constitution, to put right … Continue reading

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It’s time to write to MPs about St Helena, says island-watcher

The low turn-out in St Helena’s October 2012 by-election has prompted speculation about the cause of voter apathy. Here, one of St Helena Online’s readers, ROBERT THOMSON, offers a view from another island.   It is always very disappointing when an electorate … Continue reading

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