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Barbados General Election Results - 4 December 1961
General elections were held in Barbados on 4 December 1961. 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. There was no fixed election date in effect in Barbados at this time; hence, the choice of election date is the prerogative of the Premier.

Background

Barbados attained full internal self-government in 1961.

There were 104,518 registered electors 43,342 males and 61,176 females.

Political Parties & Candidates

Three parties contested the 1961 General Election. The Barbados Labour Party (BLP), led by Hugh Gordon Cummins; the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) led by Premier Errol Barrow; and the Barbados National Party (BNP), led by Ernest D. Mottley.

There were 60 candidates contesting the election: BLP - 22, DLP - 16, BNP - 12, and 10 independent candidates.

Results

Although the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) received more votes, the result was a victory for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), which won 14 of the 24 seats.  The BLP won five seats, the BNP won four seats and one independent member was elected.

Errol Barrow, was sworn in as the Third Premier of Barbados.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 61.3%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 12 double-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 63,536
Invalid Votes 554
Total Votes Cast 64,090
Registered Voters 104,518
Voter Turnout 61.32%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Mon, 4 Dec 1961
First Meeting of Parliament -
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Hugh Gordon CUMMINS
Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
  Photo Errol Walton BARROW
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
  Photo Ernest D. MOTTLEY
Barbados National Party (BNP)
BY THE NUMBERS
BLP
22
candidates
5 seats
40,096
votes (36.8%)
DLP
16
candidates
14 seats
39,534 votes (36.3%)
BNP
Barbados National
Party
12 candidates
4 seats
24,015 votes (22.1%)
IND
Independent Candidates
10
candidates
1 seat
5,263
votes (4.8%)
SEATS 13 seats for a majority
BLP 5 seats (-10)
4 (+4) BNP
1 IND
14 seats (+10) DLP
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Barbados Labour Party BLP 40,096 36.82% -12.53% 22 5 -10
  Democratic Labour Party Winner DLP 39,534 36.30% +16.38% 16 14 +10
  Barbados National Party BNP 24,015 22.05% +22.05% 12 4 +4
  Independent Candidates IND 5,263 4.83% -2.82% 10 1 -1
  Total Valid Votes   108,908 100% 23% 60 24 +3
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ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY  
Constituency   Representative Party
City of Bridgetown   MOTTLEY, Ernest Deighton Barbados National Party
  LYNCH, Louis A. Barbados National Party
St. Michael   SEALY, S.E. Barbados National Party
  FERGUSSON, George Granville Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church   TALMA, Cuthbert Edwy Democratic Labour Party
  GODDARD, Fred C. Barbados National Party
St. Philip   CRAWFORD, Wynter Algernon Democratic Labour Party
  WEEKES, Reynold S. Democratic Labour Party
St. George   LOWE, W.R. Democratic Labour Party
  MILLER, Frederick Edward Barbados Labour Party
St. John   BARROW, Errol Walton Democratic Labour Party
  YEARWOOD, J.B. Democratic Labour Party
St. Joseph   COWARD, W.R. Barbados Labour Party
  SMITH, Lloyd E. Barbados Labour Party
St. James   CARMICHAEL. E. Lisle Democratic Labour Party
  HOLDER, Ellesworth St. Aubyn Barbados Labour Party
St. Andrew   CORBIN, J.W. Democratic Labour Party
  EDWARDS, Arlington DaCosta Democratic Labour Party
St. Lucy   BRANCKER, John Eustace Theodore Democratic Labour Party
  TUDOR, James Cameron Democratic Labour Party
St. Peter   WALCOTT, Frank Leslie Independent
  HUSBANDS, Kenmore Nathaniel Rhystone Barbados Labour Party
St. Thomas   BATSON, G.V. Democratic Labour Party
  BOXILL, Neville Wilfred Democratic Labour Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY, CANDIDATE, AND PARTY
Constituency   Candidate Party Votes %Votes
City of Bridgetown   E.D. MOTTLEY winner BNP 2,300 35.87%
  L.A. LYNCH winner BNP 1,598 24.92%
  T.W. Miller BLP 1,063 16.58%
  L.S. Carmichael DLP 1,019 15.89%
  O.O. Alleyne BLP 352 5.49%
  C.S.A. Haddock IND 80 1.25%
St. Michael   S.E. SEALY winner BNP 12,051 32.21%
  G. FERGUSSON winner DLP 11,940 31.92%
  M.E. Cox BLP 7,544 20.17%
  T.O. Bryan BLP 5,874 15.70%
Christ Church   C.E. TALMA winner DLP 4,047 33.68%
  F.C. GODDARD winner BNP 3,975 33.08%
  C.B. Jones BLP 2,350 19.56%
  L.B. Brathwaite BLP 1,643 13.67%
St. Philip    W.A. CRAWFORD winner DLP 2,987 34.97%
  R.S. WEEKES winner DLP 2,628 30.77%
  L.E. Alleyne BNP 1,475 17.27%
  D.D. Garner BLP 1,452 17.00%
St. George   R. LOWE winner DLP 2,646 30.67%
  F.E. MILLER winner BLP 2,226 25.80%
  G.S. Stoute BLP 2,130 24.69%
  O. Clarke IND 804 9.32%
  r.A. Crawford BNP 435 5.04%
  Mrs. E.L. Martin BNP 387 4.49%
St. John   E.W. BARROW winner DLP 2,131 34.23%
  J.B. YEARWOOD winner DLP 1,466 23.55%
  O.T. Allder BLP 1,167 18.75%
  L.St.A. Thorne BLP 1,011 16.24%
  E.E. Mayers BNP 270 4.34%
  E.McG. Webster IND 180 2.89%
St. Joseph   W.R. COWARD winner BLP 1,820 39.98%
  L.E. SMITH winner BLP 1,677 36.84%
  D.D. Payne DLP 671 14.74%
  L.A. Vaughan IND 351 7.71%
  J.N. Arthur IND 33 0.72%
St. James   E.L. CARMICHAEL winner DLP 2,193 30.82%
  E.STA. HOLDER winner BLP 1,695 23.82%
  C.B. Searle BLP 1,270 17.85%
  G.B.S. Straughn IND 1,233 17.33%
  J.D. Ifill BNP 533 7.49%
  W.C.B. Hinds IND 152 2.14%
  O.S. Murray IND 40 0.56%
St. Andrew   J.W. CORBIN winner DLP 1,118 32.24%
  A.D. EDWARDS winner DLP 922 26.59%
  Mrs. E.E. Bourne BLP 558 16.09%
  B. Vaughan BNP 402 11.59%
  D. Hope IND 298 8.59%
  G.W. Hope IND 170 4.90%
St. Lucy   J.E.T. BRANKER winner DLP 1,592 35.35%
  J.C. TUDOR winner DLP 1,544 34.29%
  F.A. Greaves BLP 1,367 30.36%
St. Peter   F.L. WALCOTT winner IND 1,992 40.90%
  K.N.R. HUSBANDS winner BLP 1,766 36.26%
  H.A. Williams BLP 715 14.68%
  F.M. Gilkes BNP 397 8.15%
St. Thomas   G.V. BATSON winner DLP 1,376 27.15%
  N.M. BOXILL winner DLP 1,254 24.74%
  R.G. Mapp BLP 1,192 23.52%
  Dr. H.G. Cummins BLP 1,054 20.80%
  D.A.M. Haynes BNP 192 3.79%
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered BLP DLP BNP IND Total Valid Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
City of Bridgetown 5,674 1,415 1,019 3,898 80 6,412 19 3,592 63.31%
St. Michael 37,609 13,418 11,940 12,051 - 37,409 160 21,100 56.10%
Christ Church 15,112 3,993 4,047 3,975 - 12,015 76 8,341 55.19%
St. Philip 7,482 1,452 5,615 1,475 - 8,542 55 5,074 67.82%
St. George 7,754 4,356 2,646 822 904 8,728 83 4,981 64.24%
St. John 4,889 2,178 3,597 270 180 6,225 18 3,440 70.36%
St. Joseph 3,705 3,497 671 - 384 4,552 27 2,548 68.77%
St. James 6,300 2,965 2,193 533 1,425 7,116 10 2,646 42.00%
St. Andrew 3,071 728 2,040 402 298 3,468 21 4,198 136.70%
St. Lucy 3,996 1,367 3,136 - - 4,503 39 2,106 52.70%
St. Peter 4,539 2,481 - 397 1,992 4,870 25 3,221 70.96%
St. Thomas 4,387 2,246 2,630 192 - 5,068 21 2,843 64.81%
Total 104,518 40,096 39,534 24,015 5,263 108,908 554 64,090 61.32%
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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