St Helena : St Helena: INAUGURAL MEETING OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 2013
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 27.07.2013 (Article Archived on 24.08.2013)
The inaugural meeting of the newly elected Legislative Council took place today in the Court House, Jamestown, starting at 10am.
INAUGURAL MEETING OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 2013
The inaugural meeting of
the newly elected Legislative Council took place today in the Court House,
Jamestown, starting at 10am.
The proceedings were opened with
the entry of the President, His Excellency Governor Capes, followed by Prayers
and the Administration of Oaths. Governor Capes presided until the Speaker was
Oaths were taken before the
Governor, first by Ex-Officio Members, the Acting Chief Secretary, Acting
Financial Secretary and the Attorney General, and then by Elected Members.
Governor Capes then addressed
Legislative Council (see earlier press release) after which the following
elections took place:
Election of Speaker and Deputy
Mr Eric Benjamin was elected as
Speaker of the House, with Mrs Cathy Hopkins as Deputy Speaker. Following these
elections and due to Mr Benjamin currently being off-Island, Madam Deputy
Speaker assumed chairmanship (once the appropriate Oaths had been taken).
In her address to the House, Madam
Deputy Speaker reminded Members of the weight of responsibility they now carry
during their term in Office as leaders of the community – how the Island
progresses will be theirs to frame. She wished them well and offered her full
Election of Committee Chairmen
Elected Members were then asked to
elect from amongst themselves Chairmen for the five Council Committees. The
following were elected:
Economic Development Committee -
Councillor Lawson Henry
Education Committee - Councillor
Environment & Natural
Resources Committee - Councillor Cyril George
Health &Social Services
Committee - Councillor Ian Rummery
Social & Community Development
Committee - Councillor Nigel Dollery
Members of these committees will
be appointed by Governor Capes after consultation with the relevant Chairmen.
Detailed allocations of responsibilities will be dealt with separately to allow
for consultation with the new Councillors on the detail of which Committees
cover which areas.
Election of Executive Council
Members elected to serve on
Executive Council were Councillors Lawson Henry, Ian Rummery, Cyril George,
Christine Scipio-O’Dean and Nigel Dollery.
Election of Members of the Public
The final election was for three
members to serve on the Public Accounts Committee, Members elected were
Councillors Brian Isaac, Tony Green and Leslie Baldwin.
The final business of the morning
was the customary Adjournment Debate, allowing Members to speak on issues they
wished to take forward. This was followed with a response from Acting Chief
Secretary, Gillian Francis in which she congratulated newly Elected Members,
the Speaker and Deputy Speaker and thanked Directors and employees of SHG and
ESH for their ongoing hard work and support.
The meeting closed around 12.30pm.
Two photos are attached to this
24 July 2013