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Barbados By-Election Results: St. John - 20 January 2011

The death of the Hon. David John Howard Thompson, Prime Minister and Democratic Labour Party representative for the constituency of St. John resulted in the By-Election on 20 January 2011.

Parties & Candidates

There were two candidates contesting the election - Mara Thompson, window of David Thompson for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and Hudson Grifith for the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).


The result was victory for Marie-Josephine Mara Thompson of the DLP with 89.30% of the vote. In the process, she also outperformed her late husband, who won 4,300 votes in the 2008 general election. 

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 61.2%.

Nomination Day 5 Jan 2011
Election Day 20 Jan 2011
Number of Candidates 2
Number of Registered Electors 8,464 (4,270 M, 4,194 F)
Number of Electors who voted 5,182 (2,401 M, 2,781 F)
Voter Turnout 61.2%
  Candidate Party Votes % Votes
  Hudson Griffith BLP 553 10.70%
  Total Valid Votes - 5,166 -
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Hudson Everett GRIFFTH

Hudson Everett Griffith was born on 8 August 1965 to the Rev.Granville Griifth and the Rev.Audrey Griffith in St.Vincent and the Grenadines where they were serving as missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene .
He came to Barbados at the age of four and is a Barbadian citizen, getting his early education at the then Water Street Boys' School (now Milton Lynch Primary) and then privately, before attending the Lodge School for his scondary education.
On leaving school, Hudson made an early entry into the world of business where he has been operating for some 25 years as  a building contractor and in other fields.
Having decided that the private sector was where he would work, he went on to enhance his training and knowldege in this area, graduating from BIMAP ( Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity) in Industrial Psychology, Marketing and Small Business, and from the Samuel Jackman Polytechnic in Construction Supervision.
 Always seeking to become more knowledgeable and better qualified, Hudson is currently pursuing a Construction Technician Diploma with City and Guilds.
Hudson is married to Maria, an employee of Butterfield, and have one son and two daughters . He also has two brothers.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the business  world, Hudson remains active in volleyball in which he has represented Barbados at the national level.

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Marie-Josephine Mara THOMPSON

Marie-Josephine Mara, nee Giraudy, is the widow of late Prime Minister David Thompson.

Mara Thompson was born in St Lucia on 4 October 1961 to Monica and Henry Giraudy.

Her early education was at St Joseph’s Convent in Castries. From 1979 to 1983 Mara continued her studies at the University of Western Ontario in Canada where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education. Later, she attended Howard University in Washington DC from 1986 to 1988 and gained a Master of Science  degree in physical education. Mara also studied at the Barbados Community College from 2005 to 2007 and obtained a certificate in paralegal education.

Mrs. Thompson taught physical education from 1986 to 2005 at several institutions – the Owl School, Washington DC, Immaculate Conception High & Prep Schools in Kingston, Jamaica, Castries Comprehensive Secondary School, St Lucia, Christ Church Foundation School and Combermere School.

As a paralegal, she has worked at her late husband’s law firm, Thompson & Associates.

Her hobbies include playing tennis, golfing, swimming, cycling and jogging. She enjoys cricket, reading and listening to music.

Mrs. Thompon has three daughters – Misha, 20, Oya, 17, and Osa-Marie, 9.

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Polling Station Location Hudson GRIFFITH Mara THOMPSON
JA1 St. Margaret's Primary School 23 347
JA2 St. John's Primary School 39 527
JA3 New Building , St John's Anglican Church 18 166
JA4 Edgecliff Wesleyan Church 39 306
JB1 Community Centre, Gall Hill 36 384
JB2 Mt. Tabor Primary School 96 363
JC1 Church Army Hall, Spooners 6 219
JC2 Marian Retreat House, Verdun 32 516
JC3 Faith Temple Pentecostal Church, Wilson Hill 21 134
JC4 United Holy Church of America,Cherry Grove 88 213
JD1 St. Gabriel's Church 35 263
JD2 The Lodge School 11 163
JE1 St. Mark's Anglican Church 52 487
JE2 Society Primary School 16 222
JE3 Wesleyan Holiness Church, Massiah Street 41 303
  Total 553 4,613
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