St Helena : St Helena: NEW COUNCILLORS BEGIN WORK
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 20.07.2013 (Article Archived on 17.08.2013)
St Helena’s newly elected Councillors started their term in office today, with a briefing from senior officials. This is in preparation for the first formal meeting of the new Legislative Council (LegCo) on Wednesday 24 July 2013. The new Elected Members are:
COUNCILLORS BEGIN WORK
St Helena’s newly elected
Councillors started their term in office today, with a briefing from senior
officials. This is in preparation for the first formal meeting of the new Legislative
Council (LegCo) on Wednesday 24 July 2013. The new Elected Members are:
Leslie Paul Baldwin, Nigel
Dollery, Wilson Charles Duncan, Gavin George Ellick, Cyril Robert George,
Anthony Arthur Green, Lawson Arthur Henry, Brian William Isaac, Bernice Alicia
Olsson, Ian Sebastian Rummery, Christine Lilian Scipio-O’Dean, and Derek
At this inaugural LegCo, Oaths of
office will first be administered. Following this, Councillors will elect a
Speaker and Deputy Speaker, and also elect Committee Chairmen and Members to
serve on Executive Council (ExCo). Finally, three Members to serve on the
Public Accounts Committee will be elected. The Governor will preside over this
inaugural meeting of the Legislative Council, but steps down as soon as the
Speaker is elected.
The first meeting of ExCo will
take place on Tuesday 6 August 2013.
As part of the Induction process
for Elected Members, a Delegation from the UK branch of the Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association (CPA) will arrive on-Island on Monday 29 July.
Members of the Delegation will
work with Councillors over an eight-day programme to strengthen and promote
good Governance in St Helena.
Members of the CPA Delegation are:
Lord Shutt of Greetland OBE FCA (a former Deputy Chief Whip in the House of
Lords and Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard),
John Grimes (former Head of Governance at the National Assembly for Wales),
Barry Paint (an Elected Member - or ‘Deputy’ - on the island of Guernsey), Tim
Crookall (a Member of the House of Keys for Peel on the Isle of Man), and Joyce
Watson (Welsh Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales since May 2007).
The post-Election seminar for
Councillors will cover a range of subjects, including their role as
Councillors, the leadership required from them, strategic policy making, the
vital Councillor/community link, scrutiny and accountability, and the ethical
behaviour and standards that are expected from Elected Members. The CPA will
work with senior SHG officials in covering these subjects.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association’s mission is to advance Parliamentary democracy by enhancing the
knowledge and understanding of democratic Governance. It seeks to build an
informed political community able to deepen the Commonwealth’s democratic
commitment and promote co-operation among its members.
19 July 2013