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Falkland Islands Government
The politics of the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
takes place in a framework of a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary representative democratic dependency as set out by the constitution, whereby the Governor exercises the duties of head of state in the absence of the monarch and the Chief Executive acts as the head of government, with an elected Legislative Assembly to propose new laws and hold the executive to account. The islands, an archipelago in the southern Atlantic Ocean, are a self-governing British overseas territory. Executive power is exercised on behalf of the Queen by an appointed Governor, who primarily acts on the advice of the Executive Council. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Legislative Assembly. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. The military defence and foreign policy of the islands is the responsibility of the United Kingdom
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Parliamentary System
A parliamentary system is a system of democratic governance of a state where the executive branch derives its democratic legitimacy from its ability to command the confidence of the legislative branch, typically a parliament, and is also held accountable to that parliament. In a parliamentary system, the head of state is usually a different person from the head of government
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Falkland Islands General Election, 1997
The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
general election of 1997 was held on Thursday 9 October 1997 to elect members to the Legislative Council. Eight Councillors were elected through universal suffrage using block voting, five from the Stanley constituency
Stanley constituency
and three from the Camp constituency. It was the first election to take place after a constitutional amendment came into force, which redistributed the representation in the constituencies, giving an additional seat to Stanley and removing one from Camp. The amendment also modified voter eligibility.[1]Contents1 Results1.1 Stanley constituency 1.2 Camp constituency2 ReferencesResults[edit] Candidates in bold were elected
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Falkland Islands General Election, 1968
The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
general election of 1968 was held on 13–15 March 1968 to elect members to the Legislative Council. Four out of the ten Councillors were elected through universal suffrage, two from Stanley and one each from East Falkland and West Falkland.Contents1 Results1.1 Stanley constituency 1.2 East Falkland constituency 1.3 West Falkland constituency2 ReferencesResults[edit] Candidates in bold were elected
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Falkland Islands General Election, 1971
The Falkland Islands general election of 1971 was held on 30 November–2 December 1971 to elect members to the Legislative Council. Four out of the ten Councillors were elected through universal suffrage, two from Stanley and one each from East Falkland and West Falkland.Contents1 Results1.1 Stanley constituency 1.2 East Falkland constituency 1.3 West Falkland constituency2 Notes 3 ReferencesResults[edit] Candidates in bold were elected
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Falkland Islands General Election, 1976
The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
general election of 1976 was held in 1976 to elect members to the Legislative Council. Four out of the ten Councillors were elected through universal suffrage, two from Stanley and one each from East Falkland and West Falkland. The election was delayed twice, first in November 1975 when the dissolution of the Legislative Council was postponed by ten weeks to 31 January 1976[1] and then again in January 1976 when it was postponed to 28 February 1976.[2] This was done in the hope that the election would be held under the proposed new constitution and to allow the Falkland Islanders opportunity to study the report of the Select Committee before the election took place
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Falkland Islands General Election, 1977
The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
general election of 1977 was held on Thursday 6 October 1977 to elect members to the Legislative Council. Six Councillors were elected through universal suffrage, one from each constituency. The election took place just over a year after the last so that the changes to the Legislative Council under the new constitution could be implemented. The new constitution, which came into force under Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
(Legislative Council) (Amendment) Order 1977,[1] abolished the remaining appointed members Councillors and increased the number of elected Councillors to six
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Falkland Islands General Election, 1981
The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
general election of 1981 was held on Thursday 1 October 1981 to elect members to the Legislative Council. Six Councillors were elected through universal suffrage, one from each constituency (Camp, East Falkland, East Stanley, West Falkland, West Stanley and Stanley).Contents1 Results1.1 Camp constituency 1.2 East Falkland constituency 1.3 East Stanley constituency 1.4 Stanley constituency 1.5 West Falkland constituency 1.6 West Stanley constituency2 Notes 3 ReferencesResults[edit] Candidates in bold were elected
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Falkland Islands General Election, 1985
The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
general election of 1985 was held on Thursday 3 October 1985 to elect members to the Legislative Council. Eight Councillors were elected through universal suffrage using block voting, four from each constituency (Camp and Stanley). It was the first election since Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
Constitution Order 1985 came into force which increased the number of elected Councillors to eight (four from each constituency) and abolished four constituencies (East Falkland, East Stanley, West Falkland and West Stanley).Contents1 Results1.1 Camp constituency 1.2 Stanley constituency2 Notes 3 ReferencesResults[edit] Candidates in bold were elected
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Falkland Islands General Election, 1989
The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
general election of 1989 was held on Thursday 12 October 1989 to elect members to the Legislative Council. Eight Councillors were elected through universal suffrage using block voting, four from each constituency (Camp and Stanley). Three candidates stood for the Desire the Right Party, one of the only political parties in the history of the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
which normally acts as a non-partisan democracy, however none of the party's candidates were elected.[1]Contents1 Results1.1 Camp constituency 1.2 Stanley constituency2 ReferencesResults[edit] Candidates in bold were elected
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Falkland Islands General Election, 1993
The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
general election of 1993 was held on Thursday 14 October 1993 to elect members to the Legislative Council. Eight Councillors were elected through universal suffrage using block voting, four from each constituency (Camp and Stanley). It was the last election in which Desire the Right Party, one of the only political parties in the history of the Falkland Islands, fielded candidates.Contents1 Results1.1 Camp constituency 1.2 Stanley constituency2 ReferencesResults[edit] Candidates in bold were elected
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Falkland Islands General Election, 2001
The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
general election of 2001 was held on Thursday 22 November 2001 to elect members to the Legislative Council through universal suffrage using block voting.[1] Chief Executive Michael Blanch acted as Chief Counting Officer.[2] The election took place on the same day as the referendum on merging Stanley and the Camp into a single electoral constituency elected by proportional representation. At the start of the campaign the Democratic Association, one of the only political parties in the history of the Falkland Islands, had suggested it would field as many as eight candidates. However, all candidates in the election stood as nonpartisans
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Falkland Islands General Election, 1960
The Falkland Islands general election of 1960 was held on 24 and 25 March 1960 to elect members to the Legislative Council. Four out of the twelve Councillors were elected through universal suffrage, two from Stanley and one each from East Falkland and West Falkland. The Legislative Council was intended to be dissolved on 29 February 1960 but to suit farming arrangements it was dissolved almost two months early, on 2 January.Contents1 Results1.1 Stanley constituency 1.2 East Falkland constituency 1.3 West Falkland constituency2 ReferencesResults[edit] Candidates in bold were elected
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Falkland Islands General Election, 2005
The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
general election of 2005 was held on Thursday 17 November 2005 to elect members to the Legislative Council. It would be the last general election in the Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
before the new constitution came into force, which replaced the Legislative Council with the Legislative Assembly. Chief Executive Chris Simpkins acted as Returning Officer. Eight Councillors were elected through universal suffrage using block voting, five from the Stanley constituency
Stanley constituency
and three from the Camp constituency. Each elector in Stanley could vote for five candidates, and in Camp each elector could vote for three candidates.Contents1 Results1.1 Stanley constituency 1.2 Camp constituency2 ReferencesResults[edit] Candidates in bold were elected
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Falkland Islands General Election, 2013
Keith BilesElected Speaker Keith BilesFalkland IslandsThis article is part of a series on the politics and government of the Falkland IslandsConstitutionConstitution of the Falkland IslandsMonarchySovereignQueen Elizabeth IIGovernorNigel PhillipsList of GovernorsGovernmentExecutive Council Chief ExecutiveBarry RowlandDirector of FinanceJames WilsonLegislatureLegislative Assembly SpeakerKeith BilesConstituencies Legislative CouncilJudiciarySupreme Court Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy Attorney GeneralElectionsElections in the Falkland Islands1949 1952 1956 19601964 1968 1971 19761977 1981 1985 19891993 1997 2001 20052009 2013 2017 nextReferendums in the Falkland Islands1986 2001 2011 2013By-elections PoliticiansOtherSovereignty dispute Ou
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Falkland Islands General Election, 2017
The Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
general election of 2017 was held on Thursday 9 November 2017[1] to elect all eight members of the Legislative Assembly (five from the Stanley constituency and three from the Camp constituency) through universal suffrage using block voting, with each Stanley constituent having up to 5 votes and each Camp constituent having up to 3 votes. Voter turnout
Voter turnout
was 80% in Stanley and 86% in Camp.[2] It was the third election since the new Constitution came into force replacing the Legislative Council (which had existed since 1845) with the Legislative Assembly. As no political parties are active in the Falklands, all the candidates stood as Independents
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