PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE ST HELENA, ASCENSION & TRISTAN DA CUNHA CONSTITUTION

PUBLIC CONSULTATION RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE

Former Councillors wish to thank all those who participated in the consultation process relating to a proposed amendment to Chapter 1 (St Helena) Section 21 of the St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha Constitution that seeks to allow for the prioritisation of persons with St Helenian status in different aspects such as employment and landholding. 1123 signatures in support of and 14 individuals against the proposed amendment were recorded during the consultation period.

Public consultation took place via public meetings on the Island, four radio phone-ins, one-to-one discussions with Councillors, involvement of the Chamber of Commerce, and through St Helena Representatives on Ascension and the Falkland Islands, as well as via the social media platform Facebook. In addition, written submissions were invited.

The proposed amendment, together with a report on the views expressed during the consultation, was considered by Executive Council on 18 May who agreed that an amendment to the Constitution would be forwarded to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for consideration.

Former Councillors have agreed to publish the report of the feedback gathered from the public.

Source: St Helena Government

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