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Pitcairn Islands (overseas territory of the UK) Government

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

    Data code: PC

    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: Celebration of the Birthday of the Queen (second Saturday in June)

    Constitution: 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 Robert John ALSTON (since NA August 1994); Commissioner (nonresident) G. D. HARRAWAY (since NA; is the liaison person between the governor and the Island Council)
    head of government: Island Magistrate and Chairman of the Island Council Jay WARREN (since NA)
    cabinet: NA
    elections: the monarch is hereditary; high commissioner and commissioner appointed by the monarch; island magistrate elected by popular vote for a three-year term; last known election held NA December 1993 (next to be held NA December 1996)
    election results: Jay WARREN reelected island magistrate; percent of vote—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: take place each December; last held NA December 1998 (next to be held NA December 1999)
    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: NA

    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

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