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FORMAL LEGCO THIS FRIDAY  


Legislative Council will meet this Friday, 22 March, at 10am in the Court House, Jamestown, with the session expected to last approximately two days.
 

The main purpose of the meeting will be to present 5 Bills for Ordinances, these being the Motor Vehicles (Third Party Insurance) (Amendment) Bill, The Law Officers Bill, The Building Control Bill, The Land Planning and Development Control Bill and The Bank of St Helena (Restructuring) Bill.


The Order Paper is available on the SHG website (www.sainthelena.gov.sh). It also includes 5 oral questions and 7 motions, including a resumed debate regarding the Discussion Paper entitled ‘Improving Democracy and Accountability.’


The meeting will conclude with the customary Adjournment Debate, when Councillors will have the opportunity to raise various issues relating to St Helena.


The last formal meeting of Legislative Council took place on 25 February 2013.


SHG


19 March 2013





CONSTITUTIONAL POLL – REMINDER


The Constitution consultation document, ‘Improving Democracy and Accountability’ (which can be viewed on the SHG website on the homepage www.sainthelena.gov.sh), explains that experience of operating the current Council system has encountered practical problems. The problems described in the document can be partially resolved by restoring the direct lines of accountability between Committee Chairmen and Executive Council, reverting to the situation which existed before 2009.
 

Chief Councillor


The idea of appointing a Chief Councillor is not new. It was first proposed by the St Helena Constitutional Commission which was established in 1999 to review the 1988 Constitution. That Commission recommended that:- “A Chief Councillor should be elected by the elected members of the Legislative Council and on appointment should be required to nominate the required number of further elected members to serve with him/her as Chairpersons/Executive Councillors”.
 

In order to establish if the office of Chief Councilor should be implemented in the current St Helena Constitution, a Constitutional Poll will be held on Saturday, 23 March from 12 noon to 6pm at the various Community Centres/venues that are normally used for elections - Blue Hill, Sandy Bay, Kingshurst, Half Tree Hollow, Jamestown, Levelwood and Harford Community Centres and Judges Lodge.


Have your say - persons on the Register of Electors published on 18 September 2012 and those who have since applied and whose names have been Gazetted as of now, will be eligible to vote on Saturday 23 March.


SHG


18 March 2013





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