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Barbados General Election Results - 6 December 1956
General elections were held in Barbados on 6 December 1956. 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

The House of Assembly was, from 1956, elected for five years. The 1951-1954 House was extended during its tenure to five years.

There were 103,290 registered electors, 42,985 males and 60,304 females.

Political Parties & Candidates

Four parties contested the 1956 General Election. The Barbados Labour Party (BLP), led by Grantley Adams; the Democratic Party (DLP), led by Errol Barrow, the Progressive Conservative Party (PCP), and the People's Progressive Movement (PPM).

There were 63 candidates contesting the election: BLP - 19, DLP - 16, PCP - 13, PPM - 4, and 11 independent candidates.

Results

The Barbados Labour Party was returned to office with 15 of the 24 seats.  The Democratic Labour Party won four seats and the Conservatives three seats.  Frank Walcott and Mencea Cox were elected as Independent Members.

Grantley Adams was sworn in for a second term as Premier of Barbados.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 60.3%.

Post-election

In 1958, Adams resigned as Premier to take up office as Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation. On 17 April 1958, Hugh Gordon Cummins was sworn in as the Second Premier of Barbados. Cabinet Government began in Barbados.

Barbados attained full internal self-government in 1961.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 12 double-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 61,553
Invalid Votes 721
Total Votes Cast 62,274
Registered Voters 103,290
Voter Turnout 60.29%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Thu, 6 Dec 1956
First Meeting of Parliament -
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Grantley Herbert ADAMS
Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
  Photo Errol Walton BARROW
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
BY THE NUMBERS
BLP
19
candidates
15 seats
48.667
votes (49.4%)
DLP
16
candidates
4 seats
19,650 votes (19.9%)
PCP
Progressive Conservative Party
13 candidates
3 seats
2,060
votes (21.4%)
OTHERS
Minor
Parties & Independent Candidates
15
candidates
2 seats
9,247
votes (9.4%)
SEATS 13 seats for a majority
BLP 15 seats (-)
3 (+3) PCP
2 IND
4 seats (+4) DLP
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Barbados Labour Party Winner BLP 48,667 49.35% -5.1% 19 15 -
  Democratic Labour Party DLP 19,650 19.92% +19.9% 16 4 +4
  Progressive Conservative Party PCP 21,060 21.35% +21.4% 13 3 +3
  People's Progressive Movement PPM 1,695 1.72% +1.7% 4 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 7,552 7.66% -2.8% 11 2 -1
  Total Valid Votes   98,624 100% 35% 63 24 +6
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ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY  
Constituency   Representative Party
City of Bridgetown   MOTTLEY, Ernest Deighton Progressive Conservative Party
  MILLER, T.W. Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael   COX, Mencea E. Barbados Labour Party
  BRYAN, T.O. Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church   TALMA, Cuthbert Edwy Independent
  GODDARD, Fred C. Progressive Conservative Party
St. Philip   CRAWFORD, Wynter Algernon Democratic Labour Party
  GARNER, D. DaC. Barbados Labour Party
St. George   DOWDLING, Herbert A. Progressive Conservative Party
  MILLER, Frederick Edward Barbados Labour Party
St. John   THORNE, L. St. A. Barbados Labour Party
  VAUGHAN, Victor B. Barbados Labour Party
St. Joseph   ADAMS, Grantley Herbert Barbados Labour Party
  SMITH, Lloyd E. Barbados Labour Party
St. James   HOLDER, Ellesworth St. Aubyn Barbados Labour Party
  SEARLES, C.B. Barbados Labour Party
St. Andrew   BOURNE, Edna Ermyntrude Barbados Labour Party
  SMITH, Frederick Gladstone Democratic Labour Party
St. Lucy   TUDOR, James Cameron Democratic Labour Party
  BRANCKER, John Eustace Theodore Democratic Labour Party
St. Peter   WALCOTT, Frank Leslie Independent
  HUSBANDS, Kenmore Nathaniel Rhystone Barbados Labour Party
St. Thomas   MAPP, Ronald Grenville Barbados Labour Party
  CUMMINS, Hugh Gordon Barbados Labour Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY, CANDIDATE, AND PARTY
Constituency   Candidate Party Votes %Votes
City of Bridgetown   E.D. MOTTLEY winner PCP 2,732 54.68%
  T.W. MILLER winner BLP 1,455 29.12%
  A.E.S. Lewis DLP 711 14.23%
  J.E. Brome IND 98 1.96%
St. Michael   M.E. COX winner BLP 8,857 33.36%
  T.O. BRYAN winner BLP 7,648 28.81%
  E.C. Hewitt  PCP 5,071 19.10%
  C.H. Broome DLP 3,158 11.90%
  J.A. Tudor DLP 1,387 5.22%
  K.K. King IND 425 1.60%
Christ Church   C.E. TALMA winner IND 4,151 38.30%
  F.C. GODDARD winner PCP 3,632 33.51%
  C.B. Jones BLP 1,890 17.44%
  D.P. Lynch DLP 1,071 9.88%
  R. Eversley IND 93 0.86%
St. Philip    W.A. CRAWFORD winner DLP 2,567 28.27%
  D.DAC. GARNER winner BLP 2,405 26.48%
  H.L. Smith PCP 2,100 23.13%
  C. Fields DLP 2,009 22.12%
St. George   H.A. DOWDLING winner PCP 3,069 31.00%
  F.E. MILLER winner BLP 2,760 27.88%
  H.F.G. Rocheford BLP 2,252 22.75%
  E.W. Barrow DLP 1,700 17.17%
  Grafton Clarke IND 119 1.20%
St. John   L.ST.A. THORNE winner BLP 1,332 23.35%
  V.B. VAUGHAN winner BLP 1,275 22.35%
  C.A. Speede DLP 977 17.13%
  O.T. Allder PPM 965 16.92%
  J.S.B. Dear PCP 608 10.66%
  E.McG. Webster IND 193 3.38%
  S. Linton PPM 140 2.45%
  G.W. Maynard IND 94 1.65%
  J.A.LeV. Wilson IND 66 1.16%
  A.H.A. Lewis DLP 54 0.95%
St. Joseph   G.H. ADAMS winner BLP 2,166 43.79%
  L.E. SMITH winner BLP 2,046 41.37%
  J.N. Kellman DLP 388 7.84%
  L.L. Gill PCP 346 7.00%
St. James   E.ST.A. HOLDER winner BLP 2,820 36.59%
  C.B. SEARLES winner BLP 2,449 31.78%
  E.L. Carmichael PCP 1,328 17.23%
  A.G. Johnson DLP 593 7.70%
  George B. Niles PCP 516 6.70%
St. Andrew   MRS. E.E. BOURNE winner BLP 1,320 41.29%
  G.G. SMITH winner DLP 1,140 35.66%
  J.A. Haynes PCP 737 23.05%
St. Lucy   J.C. TUDOR winner DLP 1,533 31.24%
  J.E.T. BRANKER winner DLP 1,470 29.96%
  H.C. Rock BLP 1,029 20.97%
  L.B. Brathwaite PPM 480 9.78%
  A.C. Kirton PCP 395 8.05%
St. Peter   F.L. WALCOTT winner IND 1,718 32.32%
  K.N. HUSBANDS winner BLP 1,631 30.69%
  B.F.L. Morris BLP 1,141 21.47%
  T.S. Chandler DLP 825 15.52%
St. Thomas   R.G. MAPP BLP 2,215 40.35%
  H.G.S. CUMMINS BLP 1,976 36.00%
  C.A. Gill IND 475 8.65%
  W.D. Rudder PCP 262 4.77%
  W.W. Reece PCP 264 4.81%
  D.F. Blackett IND 120 2.19%
  G.V. Batson PPM 110 2.00%
  G.C. Pilgrim DLP 67 1.22%
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered BLP DLP PCP PPM IND Total Valid Valid Ballots Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
City of Bridgetown 5,641 1,455 711 2,732 - 98 4,996 3,839 29 3,868 68.57%
St. Michael 34,618 16,505 4,545 5,071 - 425 26,546 15,878 137 16,015 46.26%
Christ Church 15,013 1,890 1,071 3,632 - 4,244 10,837 8,566 96 8,662 57.70%
St. Philip 7,475 2,405 4,576 2,100 - - 9,081 6,018 81 6,099 81.59%
St. George 8,117 5,012 1,700 3,069 - 119 9,900 5,360 151 5,511 67.89%
St. John 5,155 2,607 1,031 608 1,105 353 5,704 3,571 34 3,605 69.93%
St. Joseph 3,808 4,212 388 346 - - 4,946 2,664 29 2,693 70.72%
St. James 6,460 5,269 593 1,844 - - 7,706 4,181 31 4,212 65.20%
St. Andrew 3,479 1,320 1,140 737 - - 3,197 2,925 31 2,956 84.97%
St. Lucy 4,185 1,029 3,003 395 480 - 4,907 2,376 27 2,403 57.42%
St. Peter 4,685 2,772 825 - - 1,718 5,315 3,287 52 3,339 71.27%
St. Thomas 4,654 4,191 67 526 110 595 5,489 2,888 23 2,911 62.55%
Total 103,290 48,667 19,650 21,060 1,695 7,552 98,624 61,553 721 62,274 60.29%
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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