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Barbados General Election Results - 13 December 1951
General elections were held in Barbados on 13 December 1951, the first held under universal suffrage. Elections were held to renew all 24 members of the House of Assembly on the normal expiration of their mandate, using a first-past-the-post system.

Electoral System

The 24 members of the House of Assembly were elected in 12 double-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting.

Background

There were 95,939 registered electors.

Political Parties & Candidates

Three parties contested the 1966 General Election. The Barbados Labour Party (BLP), led by Gantley Adams; the Barbados Electors' Association (BEA); and the West Indian National Congress Party (CP), led by Wynter Crawford.

There were 46 candidates contesting the election: BLP - 17, BEA - 18, CP - 2, and 9 independent candidates.

Results

The Barbados Labour Party was returned to office with 15 of the 24 seats.  The Electors' Association won four seats, the Congress Party won two seats, and there were three Independent Members.

Edna Ermyntrude Bourne was the first woman to be elected as a member of the House of Assembly. 

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 64.65%.

Post-election

Ministerial government commenced on 1 February 1954. Sir Grantley Adams was the first Premier.  Fred C. Goddard became the first Leader of the Opposition.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 12 double-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 61,133
Invalid Votes 891
Total Votes Cast 62,024
Registered Voters 95,939
Voter Turnout 64.65%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Thu, 13 Dec 1951
First Meeting of Parliament Tue, 18 Dec 1951
BY THE NUMBERS
BLP
Barbados Labour Party
17
candidates
15 seats
53,321 votes (54.5%)
BEA
Barbados Electors Association
18
candidates
4 seats
29,131 votes (29.8%)
CP
West Indian National Congress Party
2
candidates
2 seats
5,224
votes (5.3%)
IND
Independent Candidates
9
candidates
3 seats
10,212 votes (10.4%)
SEATS 13 seats for a majority
BLP 15 seats (+3)
2 CP
3 IND
4 seats (+4) BEA
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Number Change
  Barbados Labour Party Winner BLP 53,321 54.47% 17 15 +3
  Babados Electors' Association BEA 29,131 29.76% 18 4 -5
  West Indian National Congress Party CP 5,224 5.34% 2 2 -1
  Independent Candidates IND 10,212 10.43% 9 3 +3
  Total Valid Votes   97,888 100% 46 24  
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ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY  
Constituency   Representative Party
City of Bridgetown   MOTTLEY, Ernest Deighton Babados Electors' Association
  LEWIS, A.E.S. Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael   COX, Mencea E. Barbados Labour Party
  BRYAN, T.O. Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church   TALMA, Cuthbert Edwy Barbados Labour Party
  GODDARD, Fred C. Babados Electors' Association
St. Philip   CRAWFORD, Wynter Algernon West Indian National Congress Party
  MOTTLEY, J.C. West Indian National Congress Party
St. George   BARROW, Errol Walton Barbados Labour Party
  MILLER, Frederick Edward Barbados Labour Party
St. John   ALLDER, Owen Taylor Independent
  VAUGHAN, Victor B. Independent
St. Joseph   ADAMS, Grantley Herbert Barbados Labour Party
  SMITH, Lloyd E. Barbados Labour Party
St. James   HOLDER, Ellesworth St. Aubyn Barbados Labour Party
  WALCOTT, E.K. Babados Electors' Association
St. Andrew   BOURNE, Edna Ermyntrude Barbados Labour Party
  HAYNES, J.A. Babados Electors' Association
St. Lucy   BRANCKER, John Eustace Theodore Barbados Labour Party
  WILLIAMS, L.A. Barbados Labour Party
St. Peter   HUSBANDS, Kenmore Nathaniel Rhystone Barbados Labour Party
  WALCOTT, Frank Leslie Barbados Labour Party
St. Thomas   MAPP, Ronald G. Barbados Labour Party
  CUMMINS, Hugh Gordon Barbados Labour Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY, CANDIDATE, AND PARTY
Constituency   Candidate Party Votes %Votes
Bridgetown   ERNEST DEIGHTON MOTTLEYwinner BEA 2,831 41.66%
  A.E.S. LEWIS winner BLP 1,998 29.40%
  T.W. Miller IND 1,027 15.11%
  V.W.A. Chase BEA 848 12.48%
  A.M. Maynard IND 91 1.34%
St. Michael   MENCEA E. COX winner BLP 11,135 37.62%
  T.O. BRYAN winner BLP 10,736 36.27%
  A.R. Toppin BEA 4,925 16.64%
  V. Griffith BEA 2,802 9.47%
Christ Church   CUTHBERT EDWY TALMA winner BLP 5,231 54.07%
  FRED C. GODDARD winner BEA 2,248 23.24%
  W.W. Reece BEA 1,978 20.44%
  L.B. Brathwaite IND 135 1.40%
  A.W. Birch IND 83 0.86%
St. Philip   WYNTER ALGERNON CRAWFORD winner CP 3,044 36.23%
  J.C. MOTTLEY winner CP 2,180 25.95%
  H.L. Smith BEA 1,752 20.85%
  D.D. Garner BLP 1,425 16.96%
St. George   ERROL WALTON BARROW winner BLP 3,616 38.37%
  FREDERICK EDWARD MILLER winner BLP 3,476 36.88%
  Herbert A. Dowding BEA 2,333 24.75%
St. John   OWEN TAYLOR ALLDER winner IND 1,893 38.30%
  VICTOR B. VAUGHAN winner IND 1,236 25.01%
  James Cameron Tudor BLP 912 18.45%
  G.B. Niles BEA 558 11.29%
  Evans McG. Webster IND 343 6.94%
St. Joseph   GRANTLEY HERBERT ADAMS winner BLP 2,026 43.05%
  LLOYD E. SMITH winner BLP 1,897 40.31%
  W.R. Coward BEA 783 16.64%
St. James   ELLESWORTH ST. AUBYN HOLDER winner BLP 3,030 51.53%
  E.K. WALCOTT winner BEA 1,489 25.32%
  J.H. Wilkinson BEA 1,361 23.15%
St. Andrew   EDNA ERMYNTRUDE BOURNE winner BLP 1,372 35.49%
  J.A. HAYNES winner BEA 1,316 34.04%
  L.E. Gill BEA 1,178 30.47%
St. Lucy   JOHN EUSTACE THEODORE BRANKER winner BLP 1,686 35.27%
  L.A. WILLIAMS winner BLP 1,315 27.51%
  E.L. Ward BEA 1,119 23.41%
  S.A. Walcott BEA 487 10.19%
  I.C. Sobers IND 173 3.62%
St. Peter   K.N. HUSBANDS winner BLP 2,468 47.78%
  FRANK L. WALCOTT winner BLP 2,203 42.65%
  C.C. Cumberbatch BEA 494 9.56%
St. Thomas   RONALD G. MAPP winner BLP 2,017 43.33%
  HUGH GORDON CUMMINS winner BLP 2,009 43.16%
  J.W. Hewitt BEA 629 13.51%
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered BLP BEA CP IND Total Valid Valid Ballots Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
City of Bridgetown 6,281 1,998 3,679 - 1,118 6,795 4,708 23 4,731 75.32%
St. Michael 32,735 21,871 7,727 - - 29,598 16,986 146 17,132 52.34%
Christ Church 12,612 - 4,226 - 5,449 9,675 7,421 191 7,612 60.36%
St. Philip 7,146 1,425 1,752 5,224 - 8,401 5,003 129 5,132 71.82%
St. George 7,301 7,092 2,333 - - 9,425 5,605 175 5,780 79.17%
St. John 4,791 912 558 - 3,472 4,942 3,352 44 3,396 70.88%
St. Joseph 3,583 3,923 783 - - 4,706 2,666 45 2,711 75.66%
St. James 5,744 3,030 2,850 - - 5,880 4,370 24 4,394 76.50%
St. Andrew 3,363 1,372 2,494 - - 3,866 2,664 25 2,689 79.96%
St. Lucy 3,925 3,001 1,606 - 173 4,780 2,979 26 3,005 76.56%
St. Peter 4,333 4,671 494 - - 5,165 2,797 37 2,834 65.41%
St. Thomas 4,125 4,026 629 - - 4,655 2,582 26 2,608 63.22%
Total 95,939 53,321 29,131 5,224 10,212 97,888 61,133 891 62,024 64.65%
Key
  Bajan Free Party   NDP = National Democratic Party   United Progressive Party
  Barbados Integrity Movement   People's Democratic Congress   WPB = Workers Party of Barbados
  Barbados Labour Party   PEP = People's Empowerment Party   Independent Candidate
  Democratic Labour Party   PPA = People's Political Alliance   *incumbent
  Kingdom Government of Barbados   Solutions Barbados   ** Political Leader
Sources
Barbados Electoral and Boundaries Commission
Bajan Free Party (2018). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/Bajan-Free-Party-BFP-HonAlex-MitchellEl-1767331239973521/
Barbados Integrity Movement (2018). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/barbdaosintegritymovement/?ref=py_c
Barbados Labour Party. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.blp.org.bb/
Coalition of United Party. (2018) Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/alexmitchell.el/
Democratic Labour Party. (2018). Retrieved from http://dlpbarbados.org/site/
Solutions Barbados. (2018). Retrieved from https://solutionsbarbados.com/
United Progressive Party. (2018). Retrieved from https://uppbarbados.org/
Inter-Parliamentary Union. (2018). Barbados. Retrieved from http://archive.ipu.org/parline/reports/2025_E.htm
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