The Barbuda Council is a local authority that manages the internal affairs on the island of Barbuda.
MP for Barbuda
Barbuda Council Senator
Shaenique Fortune, Opposition Senator
|2021 Barbuda Council election|
|2023 Barbuda Council election|
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.
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 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.
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:
|Took Office||Left Office|
|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|