Head of Government: Mayor and Chairman of the Island Council Shawn CHRISTIAN
Assembly: Pitcairn Islands has a unicameral Island Council with 11 seats.
* The Queen is represented by UK High Commissioner to New Zealand and Governor (nonresident) of the Pitcairn Islands Jonathan SINCLAIR
Description of electoral system:
The Queen is the hereditary head of state.
The Mayor and Chairman of the Island Council is elected by plurality vote to serve a 3-year term.
In the Island Council, 4 members are elected by single non-transferable vote, 2 members are filled ex officio,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.