St Lucia

Parliament of St Lucia

Parliament of St Lucia

Key Facts

Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II

Joined the Commonwealth: 1979

Capital City (location of Parliament): Castries

Unicameral/Bicameral: Bicameral, House of Assembly and Senate

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CPA UK & St Lucia

Following St Lucia’s General Election on 6 June 2016, CPA UK delivered a Parliamentary Forum in partnership with the Parliament of St Lucia as an induction programme and training for new parliamentarians. The Forum took place from 14-16 February 2017 and was facilitated by Mary Robinson MP, Lord Faulkner of Worcester and Senator Wade Mark, Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.

CPA UK is seeking to deepen the relationship between the Parliaments in the UK and St Lucia, providing ongoing support for new Members and staff. Following the Forum, CPA UK identified a number of priority areas for follow-up activities.

As the first of these activities, CPA UK hosted the Speaker of The House of Assembly of St Lucia, Hon. Leonne Theodore-John MP, for a programme in the UK Parliament, from 18-20 April 2017. The programme provided an overview of the parliamentary practices and procedures of the shared Westminster system, and built knowledge and relationships between the St Lucian delegation and their UK counterparts.

CPA UK looks forward to continued engagement with the Parliament of St Lucia particularly in relation to committee systems and oversight and scrutiny.  

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Our Recent Programmes

Commonwealth Parliamentarians' Forum – Westminster, 26 February 2018 - 1 March 2018

CPA UK hosted the first Commonwealth Parliamentarians' Forum ahead of the UK hosting Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April 2018. The Forum brought together national legislators from across the Commonwealth and set the scene for the CHOGM 2018 theme – ‘Towards a Common Future’. The Parliamentarians' Forum sparked dialogue, engaged parliamentarians in the summit agenda and created opportunities for in-depth cross-Commonwealth discussion. The Forum was an invaluable opportunity to reinforce and reinvigorate the Commonwealth’s aspirations, opportunities, challenges and relevance in the coming years.

Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and ProcedureWestminster, 13-17 November 2017

The annual Westminster Seminar is CPA UK’s flagship capacity-building programme for first-term parliamentarians and newly appointed procedural/committee Clerks from across the Commonwealth. Every year the programme provides a unique platform for participants to network and engage with counterparts; exploring different approaches to parliamentary democracy, practice and procedure in the context of the Westminster System and comparative Commonwealth parliamentary structures.

Election Assessment Mission (EAM) - UK General Election - June 2017.

The EAM was composed of 32 parliamentarians and election officials from across the Commonwealth. The EAM observed the election day procedures and met with candidates, returning officers, electoral officials and staff, civil society groups and other relevant stakeholders across eight constituencies during the period 3-8 June 2017. A key objective of the EAM was to increase the knowledge, skills and importance of election observation methodology amongst Commonwealth parliamentarians.

Visit of the Speaker and Delegation from the House of Assembly of Saint Lucia, Westminster, 18-20 April 2017

Following the Forum, CPA UK identified a number of priority areas for follow-up activities. As the first of these activities, CPA UK hosted the Speaker of The House of Assembly of St Lucia and a small delegation. The programme provided an overview of the parliamentary practices and procedures of the shared Westminster system, and built knowledge and relationships between the St Lucian delegation and their UK counterparts.

St Lucia Parliamentary Forum, Castries, 14-16 February 2017

Following St Lucia’s General Election on 6 June 2016, CPA UK delivered a Parliamentary Forum in partnership with the Parliament of St Lucia  and the British High Commission as an induction programme and training for new parliamentarians. The Forum was facilitated by Parliamentarians from the UK and Trinidad and Tobago supported newly elected parliamentarians in St Lucia in building their knowledge of parliamentary procedures, the legislative process, and their representative and oversight roles.