St Helena : EXCO REPORT - 25 JUNE 2013
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 30.06.2013 (Article Archived on 28.07.2013)
We began with a brief status report on the airport project for which we were joined by Janet Lawrence, Airport Director.
A short EXCO today that started at
9.30 and finished at 11 o’clock.
We began with a brief status
report on the airport project for which we were joined by Janet Lawrence,
Airport Director. Many of you will be aware from the regular airport updates
that Basil Read are considering design changes in Dry Gut and are currently working
on a proposal to develop an open channel, instead of the culvert and
attenuation dam. Executive Council was given an update on the status of the
proposed design variation and the process that is being followed. There will be
a more full discussion of the proposal at a meeting of Executive Council
scheduled for next week.
Moving to our next item, the
Attorney General presented a paper inviting EXCO to confirm that the number of
Committees should be reduced from 8 to 5. The principle having been agreed some
time ago, EXCO had no difficulty in approving the recommendation. This clears
the way for an orderly transition when the current Committees stand down at the
first meeting of Legislative Council after the General Election. EXCO accepted
that the new Legislative Council may wish to ‘fine tune’ the titles and scope
of one or more of the five Committees.
Our final paper today sought
approval to add Italy to the list of countries specified by Regulations under
the Medical Practitioners Ordinance. This was to enable a specialist
gynaecologist from Italy, due to arrive here next month, to practice medicine
on St Helena. Council approved this straightforward request.
And with that we closed our
meeting. I am very pleased to be back on St Helena after my visit to the UK. I
have been following with much interest the media interviews of many of those
standing for election at the General Election next month. One of the advantages
of providing a longer run up to the election is that it allows time for the
media and the public to thoroughly explore with candidates how they view some of
the important challenges ahead. It has also allowed good time for those
standing for election to formulate their opinions and to communicate them
properly to the electorate.
For anyone still considering
whether or not to stand it’s time to make up your mind as the nominations have
to be submitted by noon on Tuesday next week, 2 July.
It’s not a difficult process and
the Returning Officer, Mrs Gilly Francis, or one of her team, would be pleased
to offer guidance where it is needed. I believe that as of today there are
about 16 people who have indicated that they will be standing for election,
some of whom have already submitted their nominations.
But whether you are standing for
election or not, please do make the effort to turn out to use your vote on
polling day, 17 July. This year we will have just one constituency and that
means that you will be able to vote for up to 12 candidates. It’s your time to
choose who you trust to best represent you and to guide St Helena forward at
this time of considerable change. If you don’t vote you lose your opportunity
to secure the sort of leadership that you would like to have shaping St
Helena’s future. So please do vote on 17 July. Put it in your diary and, rain
or shine, vote on 17 July.
Thank you for listening and a very
good afternoon to you all.
25 June 2013