Tristan da Cunha Island Council
Type
Type
Leadership
Philip Kendall[1]
James Glass
Seats11 Councillors (8 directly elected by island residents, 3 directly appointed by the Administrator)
Website
Tristan da Cunha Island Council

The Tristan da Cunha Island Council is the unicameral non-partisan legislature of the island of Tristan da Cunha in the Atlantic Ocean. The Island Council consists of the Administrator of Tristan da Cunha as the presiding officer, plus three appointed and eight elected members. At least one elected member of the council must be a woman.[2]

The appointed members are appointed by the Administrator of Tristan da Cunha directly.

Electoral system

The 12-member Island Council consists of the Administrator as President, three appointed members and eight elected members, who are elected by plurality-at-large voting. At least one elected member of the council must be a woman. If there are no women among the eight candidates that receive the most votes, only the top seven male candidates are declared elected, alongside the woman that received the highest number of votes. If there are no female candidates, a by-election is held for the eighth seat, in which only female candidates can stand.[3][4]

The Chief Islander is elected on a separate ballot by first-past-the-post voting, and must also be elected to the Island Council to be eligible to become Chief Islander.[4] The Chief Islander's position is similar to that of a Chief Minister in other British Overseas Territories, such as Gibraltar and Anguilla. A Chief Islander's term is the same as that for the other members of the Island Council, excluding the Administrator.

Council members

2022–2025

On 23rd March 2022, it was announced that the 2022 Island Council elections were not held, as no more than eight candidates contested the election.[5]

Elected members:[5]

Members nominated by the Joint Administrators:

Chief Islander:

Previous Councils

2007–10

In 2007, the following were elected to serve on the Island Council: Lorraine Repetto, Conrad Glass, Robin Repetto, Dereck Charles Rogers, Ian Lavarello, James Patrick Glass, Iris Green, Lillie Carlene Swain. The following were appointed by the Administrator (all had previously been Chief Islanders): Harold Green, Anne Green, Lewis Green. The turnout at the election was 56.2%, markedly lower than in previous years.[6]

2010–13

In 2010, all the Island Council posts were uncontested (an election had been scheduled for 10 March). The following candidates were therefore returned without the need for an election: Ian Lavarello, Robin Repetto, Marion Green, Beverley Repetto, Dereck Rogers, James Glass, Lorraine Repetto, Iris Green, Dawn Repetto, Conrad Glass, and Anne Green.[7][8]

2013–16

As in 2010, there were eight nominations for the eight places on the Island Council so an election was not held and all candidates were automatically returned. Apart from Ian Lavarello, all the new Councillors had not served before. The returned candidates were: Leon Glass, Warren Glass, Joanne Green, Ian Lavarello, Gerald Repetto, Beverley Swain, Emma Swain, Neil Swain. Additionally, the Administrator appointed Iris Green, Conrad Glass and Lorraine Repetto.[9]

2016–19

On 9 March 2016, with a turnout of 83%, the following eight Councillors were elected to the Tristan da Cunha Island Council for the 2016 to 2019 legislative term:[10]

In addition, the three additional Councillors, who were appointed to the Island Council by the Administrator of Tristan da Cunha, Alex Mitham, are:

2019–2022

On 26 March 2019, with a turnout of 74.6%, the following eight Councillors were elected to the Tristan da Cunha Island Council for the 2019 to 2022 legislative term:[14]

In addition, the three additional Councillors, who were appointed to the Island Council by the Administrator of Tristan da Cunha are:

Chief Islanders

Voters can choose on a separate list councillors candidates who are also candidates for being Chief Islander, and the candidate with the most votes becomes Tristan da Cunha's Chief Islander.[16] The following were elected to the post for the years indicated:[17]

No. Image Chief Islander Election Term
1 Harold Green
(born 1934)[18]
1970 1970

1973
2 Albert Glass
(1935–2007)[19]
1973 1973

1979
1976
(1) Harold Green
(born 1934)[18]
1979 1979

1982
(2) Albert Glass
(1935–2007)[19]
1982 1982

1985
(1) Harold Green
(born 1934)[18]
1985 1985

1988
3 Anne Green
(born 1952)
1988 1988

1991
4 Lewis Glass
(1948–2019)[20]
1991 1991

1994
5 James Glass
(born 1961)[21]
1994 1994

2003
1997
2000
(3) Anne Green
(born 1952)
2003 2003

2007
6 Conrad Glass
(born 1961)
2007 2007

April 2010
7 Ian Lavarello
(born 1970)[13]
2010 April 2010

April 2019
2013
2016
(5) James Glass
(born 1961)[21]
2019 April 2019

Incumbent[a]
2022

Notes

  1. ^ James Glass was elected to a fifth term in 2022 which extends to 2025; he will be term-limited.

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ Ian Lavarello was also elected as Chief Islander of Tristan da Cunha for a third consecutive term.[11] He has served in this position from April 2010 to April 2019.[12]
  2. ^ Prior to Lavarello's election, Conrad Glass was the Chief Islander of Tristan.[13]
  3. ^ James Glass was also elected as Chief Islander of Tristan da Cunha for a fourth term.[15]

Citations

  1. ^ https://www.tristandc.com/government/news-2023-09-26-philipkendallasi.php
  2. ^ Tristan da Cunha Island Council
  3. ^ Tristan da Cunha Island Council
  4. ^ a b CONSTITUTIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
  5. ^ a b Grundy, Richard (2022-04-04). "New Island Council announced". Tristan da Cunha Website. Retrieved 2023-09-26.
  6. ^ Sarah Glass, "Tristan's Election Results", Tristan Times, 4 April 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  7. ^ Juanita Brock, "New Island Council elected to serve until 2013", Tristan Times, 28 May 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Tristan Island Council 2010–2013", Tristan da Cunha. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Tristan Island Council 2013–2016", Tristan da Cunha. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Island Council 2016-2019".
  11. ^ Reports during Chief Islander Ian Lavarello's 3rd Term of Office 2016-2019
  12. ^ Tristan da Cunha Chief Islanders (Official Webpage)
  13. ^ a b "Profile of Conrad Glass Chief Islander 2007 - 2010". Tristan da Cunha Government. Archived from the original on 6 September 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  14. ^ "2019 Island Council Election Results".
  15. ^ The current Chief Islander is James Glass
  16. ^ Overseas Territories. July 2008. ISBN 9780215521477.
  17. ^ "Chief Islander", Tristan da Cunha. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  18. ^ a b c "Harold Green's 80th Birthday", Tristan da Cunha. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  19. ^ a b "Obituary for Albert Glass BEM", Tristan da Cunha. Retrieved 17 December 2023.
  20. ^ "Obituary for Lewis Glass", Tristan da Cunha. Retrieved 17 December 2023.
  21. ^ a b "A profile of Tristan da Cunha Chief Islander James Glass MBE", Tristan da Cunha. Retrieved 25 December 2023.