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Councils at a Glance

DEFINITION
“A Constituency Council is a legally established body of local representatives, who have been appointed and given the authority to voice the concerns of the residents of the Constituency; to maintain links with Central Government and other agencies; and to effectively and efficiently manage resources for the development of the given Constituency”.


OPERATIONAL FRAMEWORK

Number of Constituency Councils
There will be thirty (30) Constituency Councils in accordance with the approved electoral boundaries throughout the country and guided by the supporting legislation.


Composition

Each Constituency Council will be comprised of fifteen (15) members.


Representation

Each Council Member may be appointed:

(a) As a representative of a Community Group.
(b) As a representative of a Special Interest Group/Sector.
(c) As a Nominee of Political Organizations represented in Parliament.
(d) As a Nominee of the Minister responsible for Constituency Councils.

Representation may include but not be limited to the following:

(a) Faith Based Organizations
(b) Political Parties with representation in the House of Assembly
(c) Emergency Management Organizations
(d) Youth Organizations
(e) Sports Organizations
(f) Seniors Clubs/Retired Persons’ Organizations
(g) Women’s Organizations
(h) Men’s Organizations
(i) Recognized Member of the Community
(j) Nominees of the Minister responsible for Constituency Councils


Criteria for Appointment of Members

  • Geographic Representation
  • Expertise
  • Gender Balance
  • Number of Youth and Seniors
  • Priority Needs of the Constituency


Methods of Appointment

  • The Minister invites nominations from Organizations/Groups
  • Representatives for Special Interest Groups/Sectors may submit Nominees for consideration
  • Where a Sector has more than one Nominee, the Minister will appoint one individual to represent the Sector after consultation with all interest groups
  • Political Parties with representation in Parliament will be invited to nominate a representative
  • Where there is a dearth of organizations the Minister will appoint Representatives based on the stated criteria


Tenure of Constituency Councils

  • The Constituency Councils will be appointed for a period of two (2) years and there will be an option for consideration of renewal of the term of service.


Qualification of Members

  • Eighteen (18) years or older
  • Considered to be of good character
  • A Citizen or Permanent Resident of Barbados
  • A Resident of the Constituency or associated with the Constituency through his/her work or involvement in a particular organization
  • Competent in a relevant area
  • Not already serving on another Constituency Council


Core Functions of Constituency Council

  • Build relevant data bases on the Constituency.
  • Identify the priority needs of the Constituency.
  • Make recommendations to Central Government for Programmes and Projects for the Constituency.
  • Assist Local Organizations to build capacity.
  • Refer Residents to relevant Government Agencies and the Private Sector for support services.
  • Assist where required in the delivery of designated services.
  • Facilitate the flow of information to and from Central Government.


Financing of Constituency Councils

  • All financing to the Constituency Councils will be facilitated through the Department of Constituency Empowerment.


Volunteering/Civic Engagement

  • The Constituency Councils will promote the spirit of volunteerism and civic engagement.
  • Citizens/Permanent Residents will be invited to participate in and support the programmes and activities of the Councils.

 

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For further information please contact:

 


The Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development
Warrens Office Complex
Warrens
St. Michael


Contact Person:
Ms. Melissa Browne
Project Co-ordinator
Tel: 1-246- 310 1634
Website: www.empoweringcommunities.com.bb