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    Pitcairn Islands Government - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/pitcairn_islands/pitcairn_islands_government.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name: conventional long form: Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno Islands
      conventional short form: Pitcairn Islands


      Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK


      Government type: NA


      Capital: Adamstown


      Administrative divisions: none (overseas territory of the UK)


      Independence: none (overseas territory of the UK)


      National holiday: Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June (1926)


      Constitution: 1838; reformed 1904 with additional reforms in 1940; further refined by the Local Government Ordinance of 1964


      Legal system: local island by-laws


      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal with three years residency


      Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by UK High Commissioner to New Zealand and Governor (nonresident) of the Pitcairn Islands Richard FELL (since NA December 2001); Commissioner (nonresident) Leon SALT (since NA); serves as liaison between the governor and the Island Council
      election results: Steve CHRISTIAN elected mayor; percent of vote - NA%
      elections: the monarchy is hereditary; high commissioner and commissioner appointed by the monarch; island magistrate elected by popular vote for a three-year term; election last held NA December 1999 (next to be held NA December 2002)
      head of government: Mayor and Chairman of the Island Council Steve CHRISTIAN (since 7 December 1999)
      cabinet: NA


      Legislative branch: unicameral Island Council (10 seats - 6 elected by popular vote, 1 appointed by the 6 elected members, 2 appointed by the governor, and 1 seat for the Island Secretary; members serve one-year terms)
      elections: last held NA December 2002 (next to be held NA December 2003)
      election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats - all independents


      Judicial branch: Island Court (island magistrate presides over the court and is elected every three years)


      Political parties and leaders: none


      Political pressure groups and leaders: none


      International organization participation: SPC


      Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas territory of the UK)


      Diplomatic representation from the US: none (overseas territory of the UK)


      Flag description: blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Pitcairn Islander coat of arms centered on the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms is yellow, green, and light blue with a shield featuring a yellow anchor


      NOTE: The information regarding Pitcairn Islands on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Pitcairn Islands Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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