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Regional 24 Mar, 2021 Follow News


Voters in St Helena has opted to change their system of government.

In a referendum last week the majority chose a Ministerial System of governance over a Revised Committee System.

A low turnout of 372 or 17.3% of eligible voters took part in the ballot.

The Government and the Legislative Assembly had described the poll as important and historic for the territory. St Helena does not have an elected political leader with the Governor functioning as the head of government. The Legislative Council consists of 15 members 12 of whom are elected while the government administration is divided into eight directorates.

A previous referendum in 2013 proposing a Chief Councillor elected by the members of the Legislative Council and other nominated members of the Executive Council was defeated by 158 votes to 42 on a 10% turnout.

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