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Barbados General Election Results - 18 June 1981
General elections were held in Barbados on 18 June 1981. Elections were held for all seats in the House of Assembly using a first-past-the-post system; the number of seats having been increased by three to 27.

Electoral System

The 27 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

In 1980, the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, increased the maximum number of seats in the House of Assembly from 24 to 27, the first increase since 1843. The 1981 elections were the third since Barbados attained independence from Britain in 1966.

On 26 May 1981, Governor-General Sir Deighton Ward issued a proclamation dissolving Parliament and Writs appointing Wednesday, 3 June 1981 as Nomination Day and Thursday, 18 June 1981 as Election Day.

There were 167,029 registered electors, 76,854 males and 90,175 females.

Political Parties & Candidates

Major contestants for the 27 seats of the newly-enlarged House of Assembly were, as in the past, the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP), led by Prime Minister J.M.G.M. (Tom) Adams, and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), headed by Errol Barrow, a former Prime Minister.  Both were regarded as moderate parties.  The BLP underlined its recent record in office, during which unemployment declined and per capita income rose, both to a considerable degree.

A total of 59 candidates from two political parties contested the election. The BLP and DLP both presented a full slate of 27 candiates. There were also five independent candidates.

Results

On polling day, Adams' BLP survived a strong challenge from former Barrow's DLP to win a second consecutive term of office as his party won the same number of seats (17) as before but had its parliamentary majority reduced because of the intervening expansion of the Assembly.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 71.59%.

Post-election

On11 March 1985, Prime Minister Adams 'died suddenly at his official residence of a heart attack. Bernard St. John, the Deputy Prime Minister, was appointed Third Prime Minister of Barbados by Acting Governor-General Sir Arnot Cato.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 27 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 118,501
Invalid Votes 1,069
Total Votes Cast 119,570
Registered Voters 167,029
Voter Turnout 71.59%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Tue, 26 May 1981
Nomination Day Wed, 3 June 1981
Polling Day Thu, 18 June 1981
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
27 candidates
17 seats
61,883 votes (52.2%)
DLP
27 candidates
10 seats
55,845 votes (47.1%)
IND
Independent Candidates
5 candidates
0 seats
773 votes
(0.7%)
SEATS 14 seats for a majority
BLP 17 seats (-)
10 seats (+3) DLP
PARTY MANIFESTOS  
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BLP 1981 Manifesto
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DLP 1981 Manifesto
 
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Barbados Labour Party Winner BLP 61,883 52.22% -0.47% 27 17 -
  Democratic Labour Party DLP 55,845 47.13% +0.69% 27 10 +3
  Independent Candidates IND 773 0.65% +0.36% 5 0 -
  Total Valid Votes   118,501 100% 1% 59 27 +3
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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 South   SANDIFORD, Lloyd Erskine Democratic Labour Party
St Michael East   BLACKMAN, Donald G. Barbados Labour Party
St Michael South Central   HAYNES, Richard Christopher Democratic Labour Party
St Michael Central   TRUSS, Aaron Barbados Labour Party
St Michael South East   BRADSHAW, Delisle Barbados Labour Party
St Michael North East   SISNETT, L. Leroy Barbados Labour Party
St Michael North   GREAVES, Philip M. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael North West   WEEKES, Lawson A. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael West   TAITT, Branford M. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael West Central   JOHNSON, Victor Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church West   FORDE, Henry deBoulay Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church West Central   KING, Maurice Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church East Central   ST. JOHN, Harold Bernard Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church East   CHELTENHAM, Richard Barbados Labour Party
St Philip North   FRANKLIN, Warrick Democratic Labour Party
St Philip South   BLACKMAN, Harold Democratic Labour Party
St George North   ODLE, Jack Barbados Labour Party
St George South   TULL, Louis Randall Barbados Labour Party
St John   BARROW, Errol Walton Democratic Labour Party
St Joseph    BOLDEN, Lindsay Barbados Labour Party
St Thomas    ADAMS, J.M.G.M Barbados Labour Party
St James North   CRAIG, Lionel Seymour Barbados Labour Party
St James South   SIMMONS, Neville Keith Democratic Labour Party
St Peter   HINDS, W. Burton Barbados Labour Party
St Andrew    BRATHWAITE, Lloyd B. Barbados Labour Party
St Lucy    BRATHWAITE, Roy Barbados Labour Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY, CANDIDATE, AND PARTY
Constituency   Candidate Party Votes %Votes
City of Bridgetown   BILLIE A. MILLER winner BLP 2,089 51.05%
  Lyle S. Carmichael DLP 2,003 48.95%
St. Michael South   LLOYD E. SANDIFORD winner DLP 2,191 52.87%
  S. Howell BLP 1,953 47.13%
St. Michael East   DONALD BLACKMAN winner BLP 2,345 55.85%
  Ramases Caddle DBP 1,854 44.15%
St. Michael South Central   RICHARD C. HAYNES winner DLP 2,317 55.72%
  June Clarke BLP 1,841 44.28%
St. Michael Central   Aaron TRUSS winner BLP 2,130 52.04%
  Cardinal L. Trotman DLP 1,899 46.40%
  Charles Hackett IND 64 1.56%
St. Michael South East   DeLISLE O. BRADSHAW winner BLP 2,245 52.82%
  Milton Pierce DLP 2,005 47.18%
St. Michael North East   L. LEROY SISNETT winner BLP 2,049 54.26%
  Leroy L. Brathwaite DLP 1,727 45.74%
St. Michael North   PHILLIP M. GREAVES winner DLP 2,108 52.17%
  Ezra Alleyne BLP 1,933 47.83%
St. Michael North West   LAWSON WEEKES winner DLP 2,133 53.05%
  A. Reece BLP 1,790 44.52%
  Joseph Nathaniel Pile IND 98 2.44%
St. Michael West   BRANFORD M. TAITT winner DLP 2,431 60.26%
  R. Walker BLP 1,603 39.74%
St. Michael West Central   VICTOR JOHNSON winner BLP 1,944 50.68%
  Wesley W. Hall DLP 1,892 49.32%
Christ Church West   HENRY D. FORDE winner BLP 3,814 70.94%
  John Daniel DLP 1,562 29.06%
Christ Church West Central   MAURICE KING winner DLP 2,798 52.17%
  Maurice Ward BLP 2,565 47.83%
Christ Church East Central   HAROLD B. ST. JOHN winner BLP 2,507 58.44%
  R. Thomas DLP 1,783 41.56%
Christ Church East   RICHARD CHELTENHAM winner BLP 2,636 51.15%
  C. Best DLP 2,517 48.85%
St. Philip North   WARRICK O. FRANKLIN winner DLP 2,276 51.62%
  David A.C. Simmons BLP 2,133 48.38%
St. Philip South   HAROLD A. BLACKMAN winner DLP 2,453 54.50%
  Hutson Linton BLP 2,048 45.50%
St. George North   JACK ODLE winner BLP 2,610 60.42%
  Eyrie Hoppin DLP 1,710 39.58%
St. George South   LOUIS R. TULL winner BLP 3,095 67.77%
  G. Holder DLP 1,472 32.23%
St. John   ERROL W. BARROW winner DLP 3,659 82.45%
  John Williams BLP 705 15.89%
  Evans McG. Webster IND 74 1.67%
St. Joseph   CHARLES L. BOLDEN winner BLP 2,848 63.96%
  D. Smith DLP 1,605 36.04%
St. Thomas   J.M.G.M. ADAMS BLP 3,328 66.72%
  Neville Boxill DLP 1,660 33.28%
St. James North   LIONEL S. CRAIG winner BLP 2,527 63.33%
  Joseph Payne DLP 1,463 36.67%
St. James South    NEVILLE K. SIMMONS winner DLP 2,035 53.81%
  George W. Payne BLP 1,747 46.19%
St. Peter    W.C. BURTON HINDS winner BLP 2,637 51.85%
  Sybil Leacock DLP 2,307 45.36%
  E. Green IND 106 2.08%
  A. Wiggins IND 36 0.71%
St. Andrew   LLOYD B. BRATHWAITE winner BLP 2,257 53.11%
  Vernon Smith DLP 1,598 37.60%
  A. Edwards IND 395 9.29%
St. Lucy   ROY BRATHWAITE winner BLP 2,504 51.16%
  Edward E. Greaves DLP 2,390 48.84%
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered BLP DLP IND Total Valid Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
City of Bridgetown 6,222 2,089 2,003 - 4,092 44 4,136 66.47%
St Michael South 6,340 1,953 2,191 - 4,144 17 4,161 65.63%
St Michael East 5,788 2,345 1,854 - 4,199 47 4,246 73.36%
St Michael South Central 6,005 1,841 2,317 - 4,158 102 4,260 70.94%
St Michael Central 5,938 2,130 1,899 64 4,093 33 4,126 69.48%
St Michael South East 6,216 2,245 2,005 - 4,250 18 4,268 68.66%
St Michael North East 5,939 2,049 1,727 - 3,776 35 3,811 64.17%
St Michael North 5,966 1,933 2,108 - 4,041 26 4,067 68.17%
St Michael North West 5,915 1,790 2,133 98 4,021 40 4,061 68.66%
St Michael West 6,296 1,603 2,431 - 4,034 57 4,091 64.98%
St Michael West Central 5,682 1,944 1,892 - 3,836 67 3,903 68.69%
Christ Church West 7,652 3,814 1,562 - 5,376 25 5,401 70.58%
Christ Church West Central 7,514 2,565 2,798 - 5,363 29 5,392 71.76%
Christ Church East Central 6,004 2,507 1,783 - 4,290 21 4,311 71.80%
Christ Church East 6,997 2,636 2,517 - 5,153 53 5,206 74.40%
St Philip North 5,693 2,133 2,273 - 4,406 36 4,442 78.03%
St Philip South 5,978 2,048 2,453 - 4,501 29 4,530 75.78%
St George North 6,049 2,610 1,710 - 4,320 26 4,346 71.85%
St George South 6,173 3,095 1,472 - 4,567 39 4,606 74.62%
St John 6,216 705 3,659 74 4,438 53 4,491 72.25%
St Joseph  6,302 2,848 1,605 - 4,453 43 4,496 71.34%
St Thomas  6,658 3,328 1,660 - 4,988 48 5,036 75.64%
St James North 5,570 2,527 1,463 - 3,990 33 4,023 72.23%
St James South 5,290 1,747 2,035 - 3,782 25 3,807 71.97%
St Peter 6,796 2,637 2,307 142 5,086 35 5,121 75.35%
St Andrew  5,711 2,257 1,598 395 4,250 36 4,286 75.05%
St Lucy  6,119 2,504 2,390 - 4,894 52 4,946 80.83%
Total 167,029 61,883 55,845 773 118,501 1,069 119,570 71.59%
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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