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, caused by the resignation of Ian Rummery. She was 46 votes ahead of her nearest […]

Cyril and Caz top the poll in Ascension election

Ascension Island has seven new councillors after a Hallowe’en election. Experienced island politicians Cyril Leo and Caz Yon earned the highest number of votes in the 31 October 2013 poll, with 159 and 139 votes respectively. Also elected were Samantha Jean Arms-Lawrence, Toni Bendall, Keturah Viola George, Nicholas Ivan John, and Larry James Poultney. William […]

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 decision has been announced by the aptly-named Governor Capes (no jokes about The Dark Mark, […]

Politicians are free to campaign – except when they’re not

Displaced councillors on St Helena have been left confused about whether they can exercise their political freedoms under pre-election “purdah” rules. St Helena Government has issued a statement saying they are not constrained by the rules – which it says are not rules at all. But it also says that they are limited in what […]