Ascension Island

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th July 2007.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Spokesperson in the Lords (Civil Liberties), Home Affairs, Spokesperson in the Lords (Africa), Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why, and by what authority, the Governor of Ascension Island has suspended the Island Council (Ascension) Ordinance 2002 and has decided that in place of an elected council there should be an advisory body chosen by him.

Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Government Whip

The Island Council (Ascension) Ordinance 2002 was suspended by the Governor of St Helena and its dependencies in April because insufficient nominations were received for the election of an island council. The governor sought and received ministerial approval for this action. The governor has appointed an advisory group to provide him with advice on such legislative and policy decisions as he needs to take for continuing good governance of Ascension during the temporary period of suspension. The governor acted under the authority of Section 27(b) of the constitution of St Helena and its dependencies.

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Bob Conrich
Posted on 5 Jul 2007 11:09 am (Report this annotation)

There were insufficient nominations because the people boycotted the nomination process after most of the Island Council resigned in protest against the lack of democracy for these British people.