Tristan da Cunha Island Council

The Tristan da Cunha Island Council is the legislature of the island of Tristan da Cunha in the Atlantic Ocean. The composition of 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]

Tristan da Cunha Island Council
Type
Type
Leadership
Sean Burns.[1]
James Glass
Seats11 Councillors (8 elected, 3 appointed)
Website
Tristan da Cunha Island Council

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]

Council members

2019 elections

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:[5]

  • Clive Glass
  • Rodney Green
  • Paul Repetto
  • Steve Swain
  • James Glass[nb 1]
  • Kelly Green
  • Jason Green
  • Ian Lavarello

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

  • Carlene Glass-Green
  • Warren Glass
  • Dawn Repetto

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, Lorraine Repetto, Conrad Glass, Robin Repetto, Dereck Charles Rogers, Ian Lavarello, James Patrick Glass, Iris Green, Lillie Carlene Swain. The following were co-opted by 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.[7]

2010–13

In 2010, all the council posts were uncontested (an election had been scheduled for 10 March). The following candidates were therefore returned without election: Ian Lavarello, Robin Repetto, Marion Green, Beverley Repetto, Dereck Rogers, James Glass, Lorraine Repetto, Iris Green, Dawn Repetto, Conrad Glass, and Anne Green.[8][9]

2013–16

As with 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 co-opted Iris Green, Conrad Glass and Lorraine Repetto.[10]

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:[11]

  • James Patrick Glass
  • Warren Glass
  • Sarah Green
  • Terence Green
  • Ian Lavarello[nb 2]
  • Lorraine Repetto
  • Emma Swain
  • Paula Swain

In addition, the three additional Councillors, who were appointed to the Island Council by Administrator of Tristan da Cunha, Alex Mitham, 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 become Tristan da Cunha's Chief Islander.[15] The following were elected to the post for the years indicated:[16]

  • 1970–73: Harold Green
  • 1973–79: Albert Glass
  • 1979–82: Harold Green (second term)
  • 1982–85: Albert Glass (second term)
  • 1985–88: Harold Green (third term)
  • 1988–91: Anne Green
  • 1991–94: Lewis Glass
  • 1994–1997: James Glass
  • 1997-2000: James Glass (second term)
  • 2000-2003: James Glass (third term)
  • 2003–07: Anne Green (second term)
  • 2007–10: Conrad Glass
  • 2010–19: Ian Lavarello
  • 2019-2022: James Glass (fourth term)
  • 2022-2025: James Glass (fifth term)

See also

References

Notes

  1. James Glass was also elected as Chief Islander of Tristan da Cunha for a fourth term.[6]
  2. Ian Lavarello was also elected as Chief Islander of Tristan da Cunha for a third consecutive term.[12] He has served in this position from April 2010 to April 2019.[13]
  3. Prior to Lavarello's election, Conrad Glass was the Chief Islander of Tristan.[14]

Citations

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