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Barbados General Election Results - 3 November 1966
General elections were held in Barbados on 3 November 1966. Elections were held to renew all the 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

In 1964, voting age was reduced to age 18.

The General Assembly was dissolved by His Excellency the Governor on the 10 October 1966; Nomination Day was 18 October 1966; and the General Election was held on the 3 November 1966. This was the fourth General Election of members to serve in the House of Assembly since the introduction of adult suffrage and the last before the island became an independent country within the Commonwealth on the 30 November 1966.

There were 99,988 registered electors.

Political Parties & Candidates

Four parties contested the 1966 General Election. The Barbados Labour Party (BLP), led by Grantley Adams; the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) led by Premier Errol Barrow; the Barbados National Party (BNP), led by Bridgetown Mayor Ernest D. Mottley; and the People's Progressive Movement (PPM), led by Glenroy Straughn.

A total of 59 candidates contested the election: BLP - 21, DLP - 24, BNP - 4, PPM - 2, and 8 independent candidates.

Results

The result was a victory for the Democratic Labour Party, which won 14 of the 24 seats. The BLP won 8 seats, and the BNP won the remaining two seats.

Frank Walcott, General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) was not re-elected and Edward Leacock, the BWU's Executive Secretary was also defeated. All government ministers were re-elected, although three of them with only narrow margins.

Premier Errol Barrow, continued into his second term in office.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 79.70%.

Post-election

The Barbados Independence Act was passed by the United Kingdom Parliament in 1966. On November 18, the designation Premier was changed to Prime Minister by an amendment to the Barbados (Letters Patent Consolidation) Order, 1964. 

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 12 double-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 79,154
Invalid Votes 537
Total Votes Cast 79.691
Registered Voters 99,988
Voter Turnout 79.70%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Mon, 10 Oct 1966
Nomination Day Tue, 18 Oct 1966
Polling Day Thu, 3 Nov 1966
First Meeting of Parliament -
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Grantley Herbert ADAMS
Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
  Photo Errol Walton BARROW
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
  Photo Ernest D. MOTTLEY
Barbados National Party (BNP)
  Photo Glenroy STRAUGHN
People's Progressive Movement (PPM)
BY THE NUMBERS
BLP
21
candidates
8 seats
47,610
votes (32.6%)
DLP
24
candidates
14 seats
72,384 votes (49.6%)
BNP
Barbados National
Party
4 candidates
2 seats
14,801 votes (10.1%)
IND
Independent Candidates
10
candidates
0 seats
11,259 votes (7.7%)
SEATS 13 seats for a majority
BLP 8 seats (+3)
2 BNP
14 seats (-) DLP
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Barbados Labour Party BLP 47,610 32.60% -4.22% 21 8 +3
  Democratic Labour Party Winner DLP 72,384 49.56% +13.26% 24 14 -
  Barbados National Party BNP 14,801 10.13% -11.92% 4 2 -2
  People's Progressive Movement PPM 598 0.41% +0.41% 2 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 10,661 7.30% +2.47% 8 0 -1
  Total Valid Votes   146,054 100% 0% 59 24  
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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   SPRINGER, J.B. Democratic Labour Party
  FERGUSSON, George Granville Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church   ST. JOHN, Harold Bernard Barbados Labour Party
  TALMA, Cuthbert Edwy Democratic Labour Party
St. Philip   WEEKES, Reynold St.C. Democratic Labour Party
  SARGEANT, G.E. Democratic Labour Party
St. George   LOWE, W.R. Democratic Labour Party
  HOPPIN, C.A. Eyre Democratic Labour Party
St. John   BARROW, Errol Walton Democratic Labour Party
  YEARWOOD, J.B. Democratic Labour Party
St. Joseph   SMITH, Lloyd E. Barbados Labour Party
  ADAMS, Grantlet Herbert Barbados Labour Party
St. James   CRAIG, Lionel S. Barbados Labour Party
  HOLDER, Ellesworth St. Aubyn Barbados Labour Party
St. Andrew   EDWARDS, Arlington DaCosta Democratic Labour Party
  CORBIN, J.W. Democratic Labour Party
St. Lucy   BRANCKER, John Eustace Theodore Democratic Labour Party
  TUDOR, James Cameron Democratic Labour Party
St. Peter   HUSBANDS, Kenmore Nathaniel Rhystone Barbados Labour Party
  HINDS, W.C. Burton Barbados Labour Party
St. Thomas   ADAMS, J.M.G.M. Barbados 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 2,268 31.47%
  L.A. LYNCH winner BNP 1,680 23.31%
  R.B. Caddle DLP 1,546 21.45%
  T.N. Miller DLP 1,296 17.98%
  C.T. Trotman BLP 417 5.79%
St. Michael   J.B. SPRINGER winner DLP 11,967 23.90%
  G.G. FERGUSSON winner DLP 11,908 23.78%
  H.F.G. Roachford BLP 10,758 21.49%
  M.E. Cox IND 8,701 17.38%
  S.E. Sealey BNP 6,738 13.46%
Christ Church   H.B. ST. JOHN winner BLP 5,572 29.92%
  C.E. TALMA winner DLP 4,587 24.63%
  P.G. Morgan  DLP 4,348 23.35%
  F.C. Goddard BNP 4,115 22.10%
St. Philip   R. ST.C. WEEKES winner DLP 3,562 35.46%
  G.E. SARGEANT winner DLP 3,135 31.21%
  D.D. Garner BLP 1,551 15.44%
  W.A. Crawford IND 1,035 10.30%
  L.E. Whitehead BLP 763 7.60%
St. George   W.R. LOWE  winner DLP 2,949 25.76%
  C.A.E. HOPPIN winner DLP 2,891 25.25%
  F.E. Miller BLP 2,818 24.62%
  N.A. Barrow  IND 2,569 22.44%
  G. St.A. Clarke BLP 221 1.93%
St. John   E.W. BARROW winner DLP 2,981 36.34%
  J. YEARWOOD winner DLP 2,498 30.46%
  D.T. Allder BLP 1,359 16.57%
  C.L. Bolden BLP 1,123 13.69%
  E. McG. Webster IND 149 1.82%
  E.L. St. John IND 66 0.80%
  H.A. Wiltshire IND 26 0.32%
St. Joseph   L.E. SMITH winner BLP 2,233 37.27%
  G.H. ADAMS winner BLP 2,027 33.83%
  W.R. Coward DLP 1,029 17.18%
  R.B. Noel DLP 702 11.72%
St. James   L.S. CRAIG winner BLP 2,568 27.20%
  E.ST.A. HOLDER winner BLP 2,558 27.10%
  E.L. Carmichael DLP 2,285 24.21%
  O.E. Moseley DLP 1,555 16.47%
  G.E.S. Straughn PPM 474 5.02%
St. Andrew   A.DeC. EDWARDS winner DLP 1,175 29.21%
  J.W. CORBIN winner DLP 1,031 25.63%
  L.B. Brathwaite BLP 1,011 25.14%
  F.M. Gilkes BLP 805 20.01%
St. Lucy   J.E.T. BRANCKER winner DLP 2,330 36.48%
  J.C. TUDOR winner DLP 2,248 35.20%
  F.A. Greaves BLP 1,093 17.11%
  K.A. Rouse BLP 623 9.75%
  E.M. Elder IND 93 1.46%
St. Peter   K.N.R. HUSBANDS winner BLP 2,401 30.85%
  W.C.B. HINDS winner BLP 2,102 27.00%
  F.L. Walcott  DLP 1,759 22.60%
  E.R. Leacock DLP 1,522 19.55%
St. Thomas   J.M.G.M. ADAMS winner BLP 1,738 25.21%
  N.W. BOXILL winner DLP 1,664 24.14%
  R.G. Mapp BLP 1,591 23.08%
  G.V. Batson DLP 1,416 20.54%
  B.P.T. Ellis IND 360 5.22%
  C.C. Alleyne PPM 124 1.80%
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered BLP DLP BNP PPM IND Total Valid Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
City of Bridgetown 4,788 417 2,842 3,948 - - 7,207 13 3,792 79.20%
St. Michael 36,731 10,688 23,875 6,738 - 8,701 50,002 170 27,347 74.45%
Christ Church 14,386 5,572 8,935 4,115 - - 18,622 99 11,436 79.49%
St. Philip 6,783 2,314 6,697 - - 1,035 10,046 46 5,485 80.86%
St. George 7,210 5,387 5,840 - - 221 11,448 65 5,987 83.04%
St. John 4,977 2,482 5,479 - - 251 8,212 13 4,271 85.81%
St. Joseph 3,553 4,260 1,731 - - - 5,991 10 3,094 87.08%
St. James 6,017 5,126 3,840 - 474 - 9,440 14 4,920 81.77%
St. Andrew 2,670 1,816 2,206 - - - 4,022 16 2,287 85.66%
St. Lucy 4,002 1,716 4,578 - - 93 6,387 32 3,418 85.41%
St. Peter 4,744 4,503 3,281 - - - 7,784 24 4,082 86.05%
St. Thomas 4,127 3,329 3,080 - 124 360 6,893 35 3,572 86.55%
Total 99,988 47,610 72,384 14,801 598 10,661 146,054 537 79,691 79.70%
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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