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Barbados General Election Results - 2 September 1976
General elections were held in Barbados on 2 September 1976. Elections were held for all 24 seats in the House of Assembly using a first-past-the-post system.

Electoral System

The 24 members of the House of Assembly were elected in single-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 Prime Minister.

Background

On the 9 August 1976, the Governor-General issued a proclamation dissolving Parliament and issued Writs appointing Wednesday, 18 August 1976 as Nomination Day and Thursday, 2 September 1976 as Election Day. 

There were 134,241 registered electors; 74.1% or 99,463 voted of which 46,003 were males and 53,460 females.

Political Parties & Candidates

Three parties contested the 1976 general elections: the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the newly formed People's Political Alliance (PPA). There were 59 candidates with the BLP and DLP both presenting a full slate of 24 candiates. The PPA presented eight candidates and there were three independent candidates.

Results

Outgoing Prime Minister Errol Barrow's 15 years in office ended with polling day as the BLP - which had campaigned, inter alia, for a programme to fight unemployment, for free enterprise and for new faces and new ideas in government - gained an additional 11 Assembly seats, bringing its new overall total to 17.

BLP leader J.M.G.M. "Tom" Adams was sworn in as the island's Second Prime Minister.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 74.09%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 24 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 98,597
Invalid Votes 866
Total Votes Cast 99,463
Registered Voters 134,241
Voter Turnout 74.09%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Mon, 9 Aug 1976
Nomination Day Wed, 18 Aug 1976
Polling Day Thu, 2 Sep 1976
First Meeting of Parliament -
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo J.M.G.M. Tom ADAMS
Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
  Photo Errol Walton BARROW
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
BY THE NUMBERS
BLP
24 candidates
17 seats
51,948 votes (52.7%)
DLP
24 candidates
7 seats
45,786 votes (46.4%)
OTHERS
Minor
Parties & Independent Candidates
11 candidates
0 seats
863 votes
(0.9%)
SEATS 13 seats for a majority
BLP 17 seats (+11)
7 seats (-11) DLP
PARTY MANIFESTOS  
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BLP 1976 Manifesto
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DLP 1976 Manifesto
 
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Barbados Labour Party Winner BLP 51,948 52.69% +10.29% 24 17 +11
  Democratic Labour Party DLP 45,786 46.44% -10.98% 24 7 -11
  People's Political Alliance PPA 572 0.58% +0.58% 8 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 291 0.30% +0.11% 3 0 -
  Total Valid Votes   98,597 100% 0% 59 24  
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ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY  
Constituency   Representative Party
City of Bridgetown   MILLER, Billie Antoinette Barbados Labour Party
St Michael North West    ALLEYNE, Ezra Barbados Labour Party
St Michael West   JOHNSON, Victor Barbados Labour Party
St Michael North East   SISNETT, Leroy Barbados Labour Party
St Michael South West   TAITT, Branford M. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael South East   BRADSHAW, Delisle Barbados Labour Party
St Michael North Central   CADDLE, Ramases B. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael South Central   SMITH, Frederick G. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael South   SANDIFORD, Lloyd Erskine Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church West   FORDE, Henry deBoulay Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church North Central   WARD, Maurice Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church South Central   ST. JOHN, Harold Bernard Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church East   CHELTENHAM, Richard Barbados Labour Party
St Philip North   SIMMONS, David A.C. Barbados Labour Party
St Philip South   WEEKES, Reynold St.C. Democratic Labour Party
St George North   ODLE, Jack Barbados Labour Party
St George South   TULL, Louis Randall Barbados Labour Party
St James   CRAIG, Lionel S. Barbados Labour Party
St Andrew   BRATHWAITE, Lloyd B. Barbados Labour Party
St John   BARROW, Errol Walton Democratic Labour Party
St Thomas   ADAMS, J.M.G.M. Barbados Labour Party
St Peter   HINDS, W. Burton Barbados Labour Party
St Lucy   GREAVES, Edward Evelyn Democratic Labour Party
St Joseph   BOLDEN, Lindsay Barbados Labour Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY, CANDIDATE, AND PARTY
Constituency   Candidate Party Votes %Votes
City of Bridgetown   BILLIE A. MILLER winner BLP 1,999 50.93%
  Lyle S. Carmichael DLP 1,926 49.07%
St. Michael North West   EZRA ALLEYNE winner BLP 2,797 52.18%
  Philip M. Greaves DLP 2,563 47.82%
St. Michael West   VICTOR JOHNSON winner BLP 2,384 55.52%
  Frank L. Walcott DLP 1,830 42.62%
  M. Williams PPA 80 1.86%
St. Michael North East   L. LEROY SISNETT winner BLP 3,012 56.83%
  A. Phillips DLP 2,043 38.55%
  Gretude L. Eastmond IND 169 3.19%
  C.F. Hackett IND 61 1.15%
  R.K. Welch PPA 15 0.28%
St. Michael South West   B. TAITT winner DLP 1,892 63.43%
  Neville Weekes BLP 1,091 36.57%
St. Michael South East   DELISLE BRADSHAW winner BLP 2,641 50.15%
  Jorh Connell DLP 2,568 48.77%
  O. Griffith PPA 57 1.08%
St. Michael North Central   RAMASES CADDLE winner DLP 2,182 53.36%
  Aaron Truss BLP 1,907 46.64%
St. Michael South Central   FREDERICK SMITH winner DLP 1,615 49.68%
  C. Hinds BLP 1,595 49.06%
  G. Clarke IND 41 1.26%
St. Michael South   LLOYD E. SANDIFORD winner DLP 1,733 49.20%
  Randolph Fields BLP 1,721 48.86%
  L.B. Austin PPA 68 1.93%
Christ Church West   HENRY DeB. FORDE winner BLP 2,679 77.58%
  V.Carmeta Fraser DLP 774 22.42%
Christ Church North Central   MAURICE WARD winner BLP 1,898 47.88%
  Peter Morgan DLP 1,889 47.65%
  C. Murrell PPA 177 4.47%
Christ Church South Central   HAROLD B. ST. JOHN winner BLP 1,807 60.01%
  Anderson Morrison DLP 1,204 39.99%
Christ Church East   RICHARD CHELTENHAM winner BLP 2,088 50.17%
  D.H. Hunte DLP 2,074 49.83%
St. Philip North   DAVID A.C. SIMMONS winner BLP 2,045 50.09%
  W. Franklin DLP 2,038 49.91%
St. Philip South   REYNOLD WEEKES winner DLP 2,032 54.68%
  K. Rouse BLP 1,607 43.25%
  G. Ashby PPA 77 2.07%
St. George North   JACK ODLE winner BLP 2,279 57.42%
  Richard C. Haynes DLP 1,690 42.58%
St. George South   LOUIS R. TULL winner BLP 2,676 68.67%
  Cyril V. Walker DLP 1,221 31.33%
St. James   LIONEL S. CRAIG BLP 2,935 56.30%
  George C. Moe DLP 2,278 43.70%
St. Andrew   LLOYD B. BRATHWAITE winner BLP 2,161 53.94%
  A. DaCosta Edwards DLP 1,845 46.06%
St. John   ERROL W. BARROW winner DLP 3,190 73.10%
  H. Linton BLP 1,110 25.44%
  P. Gittens PPA 44 1.01%
  Evans McG. Webster IND 20 0.46%
St. Thomas   J.M.G. ADAMS winner BLP 2,813 61.73%
  J.L. Bryan DLP 1,744 38.27%
St. Peter    W.C. BURTON HINDS BLP 2,661 56.64%
  Sylbil Leacock DLP 2,037 43.36%
St. Lucy    EDWARD E. GREAVES winner DLP 2,075 50.61%
  Roy Brathwaite BLP 1,971 48.07%
  O. Springer PPA 54 1.32%
St. Joseph   CHARLES L. BOLDEN winner BLP 2,071 60.66%
  L. Smith DLP 1,343 39.34%
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered BLP DLP PPA IND Total Valid Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
City of Bridgetown 5,852 1,999 1,926 - - 3,925 20 3,945 67.41%
St Michael North West  7,694 2,797 2,563 - - 5,360 45 5,405 70.25%
St Michael West 6,470 2,384 1,830 80 - 4,294 36 4,330 66.92%
St Michael North East 7,859 3,012 2,043 15 230 5,300 72 5,372 68.35%
St Michael South West 4,553 1,091 1,892 - - 2,983 36 3,019 66.31%
St Michael South East 7,386 2,641 2,568 57 - 5,266 27 5,293 71.66%
St Michael North Central 5,837 1,907 2,182 - - 4,089 35 4,124 70.65%
St Michael South Central 4,759 1,595 1,615 - 41 3,251 24 3,275 68.82%
St Michael South 5,095 1,721 1,733 68 - 3,522 27 3,549 69.66%
Christ Church West 4,703 2,679 774 - - 3,453 42 3,495 74.31%
Christ Church North Central 5,586 1,898 1,889 177 - 3,964 29 3,993 71.48%
Christ Church South Central 4,008 1,807 1,204 - - 3,011 41 3,052 76.15%
Christ Church East 5,395 2,088 2,074 - - 4,162 33 4,195 77.76%
St Philip North 5,109 2,045 2,038 - - 4,083 24 4,107 80.39%
St Philip South 5,012 1,607 2,032 77 - 3,716 19 3,735 74.52%
St George North 4,869 2,279 1,690 - - 3,969 33 4,002 82.19%
St George South 4,897 2,676 1,221 - - 3,897 59 3,956 80.78%
St James 6,928 2,935 2,278 - - 5,213 43 5,256 75.87%
St Andrew 5,146 2,161 1,845 - - 4,006 35 4,041 78.53%
St John 5,672 1,110 3,190 44 20 4,364 47 4,411 77.77%
St Thomas 5,712 2,813 1,744 - - 4,557 37 4,594 80.43%
St Peter 6,099 2,661 2,037 - - 4,698 46 4,744 77.78%
St Lucy 5,119 1,971 2,075 54 - 4,100 40 4,140 80.88%
St Joseph 4,486 2,071 1,343 - - 3,414 16 3,430 76.46%
Total 134,246 51,948 45,786 572 291 98,597 866 99,463 74.09%
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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