At stake in this election:
- 4 seats in the Island Council
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II *
- Head of Government: Governor Mike WARREN
- Assembly: Pitcairn Islands has a unicameral Island Council with 10 seats.
* The Queen is represented by UK High Commissioner to New Zealand and Governor (nonresident) of the Pitcairn Islands Victoria M. TREADELL
Description of electoral system:
- The Queen is the hereditary head of state.
- The Governor is elected by plurality vote to serve a 3-year term.
- In the Island Council, 4 members are elected by single non-transferable vote to serve 1-year terms and 2 members are filled ex officio.***
*** 4 members are elected by single non-transferable vote, 2 members sit ex officio (the Mayor and the Chairman of the Island Council, both of whom are directly elected), 1 is nominated by the four elected members and the Council Chairman, 2 are appointed by the colonial governor, and 1 is reserved for a commissioner lasing between the governor and the Council. Apart from the Mayor, who serves a three-year term, and the Island Secretary, whose term is indefinite, all councilors serve one-year terms.
Main parties in the electoral race:
- Independent(s): Independents*
* There are no political parties in the Pitcairn Islands, as there are less than 50 residents of the territory.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 48 (July 2011 est.)
- Registered Voters: 45 (December 2010 )