Bermuda Governing Council

A non partisan group seeking to move away from Party politics in Bermuda, and replace it with an alternative self governing system aimed at increased democracy and the trues self determination of its electorate.

Description

- the central self-governing administration for the territory of Bermuda, under the UK Minister of Overseas Territories, representing interests of the sovereignty of United Kingdom.

General Information

The Bermuda Governing Council proposes an alternate to Party politics Its concepts are evolving and are looking at other established non party systems like Guernsey, which has many parallels to Bermuda in terms of size, industry, etc..

An earlier iteration of how the BGC could work is described below:

The Island would be divide into 3 areas, Eastborough, Middleborough, and Westborough, consisting of three parishes each. The BGC is made up of nine councillors who each represent one ministry as well as one of Bermuda's nine parishes.

The primary function of the BGC would be to discuss and design the laws of Bermuda. Each councillor would have the responsibility of a ministry of which there are also nine.

It is headed by three Grand Councillors leading in unison, called the Tri-lateral Council Panel. The three Grand Councillors are chosen by the nine councillors from amomg themselves. Each Grand Councillor is responsible for a borough.

There are also four Council Secretaries for each parish, each one representing a constituency within that parish (east, west, north, south)The Council Secretaries assist the interior workings of each ministry. They liason with each of their counterparts, and also are the intermediaries between a councillor and the constituents. Needs, complaints, concerns, applications, suggestions or even simple encouragements are taken to the office of the local Council Secretary, where they are forwarded to the parish Councillor to be discussed and resolved at the Assembly of the Governing Council.

Laws and constitutional changes are presented directly to the electorate, via referendum thus giving the electorate a true voice, as well as the last say in how they want Bermuda to be run. This is similar to the Direct Democracy system in Switzerland.

Councillors would be legally bound by the Unified Ministerial Code, and thus are accountable to their duties. Ctizens can petition to the Assembly of the Governing Council for the removal of a Councillor who is in breach of office, which will be decided by referendum as well.
The aim of the Bermuda Governing Council concept is to be Bermuda's first neutral government system, unimpeded by party affiliations, associations and the like. The BGC prides itself in personifying the spirit of direct representation for our electorate, as well as true self governance for all of Bermuda .