Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha: Government#

Country nameconventional long form: Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha
conventional short form: none
CapitalJamestown Jamestown
geographic coordinates: 15 56 S, 5 43 W
time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Dependency statusoverseas territory of the UK
Administrative divisions3 administrative areas; Ascension, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha
Constitutionseveral previous; latest effective 1 September 2009 (The St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Constitution Order 2009) (2013)
Executive branchchief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
head of government: Governor Mark CAPES (since 29 October 2011)
note: the constitution order provides for an administrator for Ascension and Tristan da Cunha appointed by the governor
Administrator Ascension Island: Colin WELLS (since 27 October 2011)
Administrator Tristan da Cunha: Alex MITHAM (since 23 September 2013)
cabinet: Executive Council consists of the governor, 3 ex-officio officers, and 5 elected members of the Legislative Council
elections: none; the monarchy is hereditary; governor appointed by the monarch
Flag descriptionblue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Saint Helenian shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the upper third of the shield depicts a white plover (wire bird) on a yellow field; the remainder of the shield depicts a rocky coastline on the left, offshore is a three-masted sailing ship with sails furled but flying an English flag
Independencenone (overseas territory of the UK)
Judicial branchhighest court(s): Court of Appeal (consists of the court president and 2 justices); Supreme Court (consists of the chief justice - a non-resident - and NA judges)
note - appeals beyond the Court of Appeal are heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (in London)
judge selection and term of office: court judges' appointments and tenures NA
subordinate courts: Magistrate's Court; Small Claims Court; Juvenile Court
Legal systemEnglish common law and local statutes
Legislative branchunicameral Legislative Council (17 seats, including a speaker and deputy speaker, 12 elected, and three ex-officio members; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
note: the Constitution Order provides for separate Island Councils for both Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
elections: last held on 4 November 2009 (next to be held in November 2013)
election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - independents 12
International organization participationUPU
National holidayBirthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June (1926)
Political pressure groups and leadersother: private sector; unions
Political parties and leadersnone
Suffrage18 years of age
Government typeNA
Diplomatic representation in the USnone (overseas territory of the UK)
National anthemnote: as a territory of the UK, "God Save the Queen" is official (see United Kingdom)
National symbol(s)Saint Helena plover (bird)
Diplomatic representation from the USnone (overseas territory of the UK)