Barbuda Council

The Barbuda Council is a local authority that manages the internal affairs on the island of Barbuda.

Barbuda Council
Flag of the Barbuda Council [1]
MP for Barbuda
Barbuda Council Senator
Shaenique Fortune, Opposition Senator
Barbuda Council Seats in 2021.svg
Political groups
Government (11)[2]
  BPM  (11)
Last election
2021 Barbuda Council election
Next election
2023 Barbuda Council election
Meeting place
Codrington, Barbuda

History and electoral systemEdit

The Barbuda Council was established in 1976 by the Barbuda Local Government Act. It is an 11-member body consisting of nine directly elected and two ex officio (Barbuda's House and Senate representatives in the national Parliament) members who serve four-year terms.

Elections are held every two years in March with four seats and five seats becoming vacant at alternative polls.

Councillors serve for four years with elections held every two years in March.[3]

The Barbuda Council has five different committees: Finance, Works and General Purposes, Health, Social Welfare and Disaster, Tourism, Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, and Agriculture, Land, Forestry, Fisheries, Coastal/Marine Protection.

Barbuda's secession requestEdit

The government is taking the unprecedented step of presenting the matter to the Parliament after it received a letter from the Barbuda Council requesting that discussions commence on the separation of Barbuda from Antigua and Barbuda[4] In the letter dated 31 August 2020, Council Secretary, Paul Nedd, informed Cabinet Secretary, Konata Lee, that the Barbuda Council wished to secede from Antigua in order to determine a separate future for Barbuda and its people.[4]

2019 ElectionsEdit

An election was held on 27 March 2019 to select four council members. Eight candidates participated in the poll.

Calsey Joseph, Freeston Thomas, Jacqui Frank and Sherina Myre on the Barbuda Peoples Movement (BPM) ticket

Hesketh Daniel, Kelcina Burton-George, Relton Lynch and Arthur Nibbs were named as candidates for the Antigua-Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP)

Chair of the Barbuda CouncilEdit

Below is a table of Chairs of the Barbuda Council:[5]

Incumbent Tenure
Took Office Left Office
.... 1976 1979
Hilbourne Frank (1st time) 1979 1985
Arthur Nibbs (1st time) 1985 1989
Hilbourne Frank (2nd time) 1989 1997
Arthur Nibbs (2nd time) 1997 April 2001
Fabian Jones (1st time) April 2001 2005
Lincoln Burton 2005 19 January 2006
Randolph Beazer 19 January 2006 9 January 2008
Fabian Jones (2nd time) 9 January 2008 31 March 2009
Kelvin Punter 31 March 2009 31 March 2013
Arthur Nibbs 2013 2017
Wayde Burton 2017 2019
Calsey Joseph 2019 2021
Jackie Frank 2021 present

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Barbuda (Antigua and Barbuda)".
  2. ^ "'Barbuda Council election victory was a rejection of the ABLP' – Walker". April 2021.
  3. ^ "Local Government".
  4. ^ a b "barbudas-secession-request". 11 September 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Antigua and Barbuda".

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Coordinates: 17°38′30″N 61°49′35″W / 17.6416°N 61.8265°W / 17.6416; -61.8265