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Antigua and Barbuda General Election Results - 21 March 2018
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General elections were held in Antigua and Barbuda on 21 March 2018.

Electoral System

The 17 elected members of the House of Representatives  were elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post. There was no fixed election date in effect in Antigua and Barbuda at this time; hence, the choice of election date is the prerogative of the Prime Minister.

Background

On 24 February 2018 Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced that Antigua and Barbuda would be going to the polls on 21 March 2018 to elect a new government. The election takes place 15 months before it is constitutionally due in June 2019.

According to Browne, the polls were called early to protect the many plans his Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party has programed for this year and the next. “We have an opportunity at this point to consolidate the leadership of this country, to provide investors with predictability, to prove stability, to provide continuity, and that's the main reason why we're going to the polls early,” he said.

Brown advised the Governor-General to dissolve parliament on Monday, 26 February 2018. On Tuesday February 27th, the Writ of Elections was issued. Nomination Day was set for Monday, 5 March 2018.

A total of 51, 258 Antiguans and Barbudans are eligible to vote in the 2018 general election.

Political Parties & Candidates

As in previous elections, the main political parties contesting the election will be the ruling Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) and the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP).

A total of 53 candidates contested the 21 March 2018 general election in Antigua and Barbuda. The ruling ABLP, led by Prime Minister Gaston Browne is the only party to present a full slate of 17 candidates. The main opposition, Harold Lovell-led  United Progressive Party (UPP) will contest 16, while its affiliate the Barbuda Peoples Movement (BPM) will contest one seat, Barbuda. The new Joanne Massiah-led Democratic National Alliance (DNA) registered 13 candidates, Go Green for Life (GGL) two, and Missing Link VOP (MLVOP), one. The Antigua Barbuda True Labour Party (ABTLP) led by Vere Bird III will field two candidates. Attorney-at-law Ralph Francis is the only independent candidate. | Learn more about 2018 candidates

Campaign

The main issues were the re-building and response to the 2017 Hurricane season, the Barbudan communal land ownership law, tourism resorts notably the Sandals Resorts, and a bribery scandal involving Browne. Also of note was that Barbudan electors were required to travel to Antigua to vote.

Election Observers

A CARICOM Observation Mission, along with a Commonwealth Observer Group, monitored the election day activities.

Results

The Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) led by Prime Minister Gaston Browne has won the 2018 general elections, gaining one more seat in the parliament and will retain the government in Antigua and Barbuda.  Preliminary results indicate that the ABLP has won 15 of the 17 seats in the House of Representatives.  The opposition United Progressive Party (UPP), led by former Finance Minister Harold Lovell, has won 1 seat. The Joanne Massiah led Democratic National Alliance (DNA) failed to win any seats in the 2018 election.

The Prime Minister and his new Cabinet were sworn in by Governor-General Sir Rodney Williams on 22 March 2018. | Learn more about the Second Gaston Browne Administration

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 76.3%.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
Electoral Map
ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 17 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 38,382
Invalid Votes 288
Total Votes Cast 39,120
Registered Voters 51,528
Voter Turnout 76.32%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Mon, 26 Feb 2018
Nomination Day Mon, 5 Mar 2018
Polling Day Wed, 21 Mar 2018
First Meeting of Parliament Mon, 26 Mar 2018  
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Gaston A. BROWNE Winner
Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP)
  Photo Joanne M. MASSIAH
Democratic National Alliance (DNA)
  Photo Harold E.E. LOVELL
United Progressive Party (UPP)
ELECTORAL LEGISLATION View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
The Antigua and Barbuda Constitution (1981) Download
Representation of the People's Act (1975, amended 2008) Download
Constituency Boundaries Commission Order (1984) Download
ELECTION REPORTS View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission Preliminary Statement Download report
Commonwealth Observer Group Interim Statement Download report
BY THE NUMBERS
ABLP
 
17 candidates
15 seats
UPP
 
16 candidates
1 seat
DNA
 
13 candidates
0 seats
OTHERS
Minor
Parties & Independent Candidates
 
7 candidates
1 seat
PARTY MANIFESTOS View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
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ABLP 2018 Manifesto
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UPP 2018 Manifesto
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DNA 2018 Policy Document
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party Winner ABLP 23,063 59.39% +2.75% 17 15 +1
  United Progressive Party UPP 14,440 37.19% -4.57% 16 1 -2
  Democratic National Alliance DNA 654 1.68% +1.68% 13 - -
  Barbuda People's Movement BPM 558 1.44% +0.31% 1 1 +1
  Go Green for Life GGL 20 0.05% +0.05% 2 - -
  Antigua Barbuda True Labour Party ABTLP 87 0.22% -0.20% 2 - -
  Missing Link VOP MLVOP 6 0.02% 0.00% 1 - -
  Independent Candidates IND 4 0.01% +0.01% 1 - -
  Total Valid Votes   38,832 100% - 53 17 -
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ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
Constituency   Representative Party
St. John's City West   Gaston A. BROWNE Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
St. John's City East   Melford W.F. NICHOLAS Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
St. John's City South   Steadroy 'Cutie' BENJAMIN Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
St. John's Rural West   Londell BENJAMIN Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
St. John's Rural South   Daryll S. MATTHEW Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
St. John's Rural East   Maria V. BROWNE Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
St. John's Rural North   H. Charles 'Max' FERNANDEZ Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
St. Mary's North   Molwyn M. JOSEPH Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
St. Mary's South   Samantha MARSHALL Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
All Saints East & St. Luke   Jamale L. PRINGLE United Progressive Party
All Saints West   Michael S.H. BROWNE Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
St. George   Dean JONAS Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
St. Peter   Asot A. MICHAEL Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
St. Phillip North   Robin K. YEARWOOD Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
St. Phillip South   Lennox O. WESTON Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
St. Paul   Paul Chet GREENE Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party
Barbuda   Trevor M. WALKER Barbuda People's Movement
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency  Registered Voters ABLP MLVOP IND Valid Votes Invalid Votes Total Votes Voter Turnout
St. John's City West 2,616 1,457 565 15 - - - - - 2,037 18 2,055 78.56%
St. John's City East 1,769 769 616 18 - - - - - 1,403 10 1,413 79.88%
St. John's City South 1,652 895 355 23 - - - - - 1,273 13 1,286 77.85%
St. John's Rural West 4,747 1,712 1,528 13 - - - - - 3,253 13 3,266 68.80%
St. John's Rural South 3,227 1,502 775 38 - - 51 - - 2,366 36 2,402 74.43%
St. John's Rural East 4,474 2,175 975 134 - - - - - 3,284 16 3,300 73.76%
St. John's Rural North 3,611 1,708 1,057 58 - - - 6 - 2,829 22 2,851 78.95%
St. Mary's North 4,322 1,882 1,220 - - - - - - 3,102 14 3,116 72.10%
St. Mary's South 2,305 942 911 18 - - - - - 1,871 10 1,881 81.61%
All Saints East & St. Luke 3,628 1,369 1,379 106 - 7 - - - 2,861 12 2,873 79.19%
All Saints West 4,169 1,726 1,380 51 - - - - - 3,157 21 3,178 76.23%
St. George 4,878 2,083 1,452 121 - - - - - 3,656 19 3,675 75.34%
St. Peter 3,041 1,736 577 - - - 36 - - 2,349 25 2,374 78.07%
St. Phillip North 1,654 884 355 - - - - - - 1,239 15 1,254 75.82%
St. Phillip South 1,138 479 459 6 - - - - - 944 18 962 84.53%
St. Paul 2,862 1,315 836 53 - - - - - 2,204 9 2,213 77.32%
Barbuda 1,165 429 - - 558 13 - - 4 1,004 17 1,021 87.64%
Total 51,258 23,063 14,440 654 558 20 87 6 4 38,832 288 39,120 76.32%
Key
ABLP = Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party; UPP = United Progressive Partry; ABTLP = Antigua and Barbuda True Labour Party; BPM = Barbuda Preople's Movemnet; ABPM = Antigua Barbuda People's Movement; IND = Independent Candidate; *incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission. http://www.abec.gov.ag/
Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party. https://www.ablpantigua.com/
Antigua Barbuda True Labour Party. https://www.facebook.com/truelabourite/
Democratic National Alliance. https://www.facebook.com/DNAAntiguaBarbuda/
United Progressive Party. www.http://unitedprogressive.party
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