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Barbados General Election Results - 28 May 1986
General elections were held in Barbados on 28 May 1986. Elections were held for all 27 seats in the House of Assembly using a first-past-the-post system.

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

On 6 May 1986, the Governor-General issued a proclamation dissolving Parliament and issued Writs appointing 13 May 1986 as Nominated Day and Wednesday, 28 May 1986 as Election Day. The general election was held three months before they were due under the Constitution.

There were 176,739 registered electors, 81,805 males and 94,934 females.

Political Parties & Candidates

As in the past, primary contenders in the 1986 poll were the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP), headed by outgoing Prime Minister Bernard St. John, and the opposition Democratic Labour Party (DLP), led by Errol Barrow.  The two parties differed slightly on domestic policies, but shared similar pro-Western foreign policies.  The DLP had pledged to reduce government spending, income tax and utility and petrol prices.

A total of 63 candidates from three political parties contested the election. The BLP and DLP both presented a full slate of 27 candiates. The Workers Party of Barbados (WPB) presented two candidates. There were also four independent candidates.

Results

On polling day, the socialist DLP won a landslide victory, gaining 24 of the 27 House of Assembly seats.  The win ended a decade of rule by the more conservative BLP and marked the return to office of Barrow, who had previously been Prime Minister from 1961 to 1976.

St. John of the Barbados Labor Party lost his own seat to Robert Morris of the Democratic Labor Party. Deputy Prime Minister Lionel Craig, who switched districts from the safe seat he had won in the last three elections, was defeated in a confrontation with Erskine Sandiford, Barrow's deputy.

Errol Barrow was sworn in on 29 May 1986 and announced his Cabinet on 3 June 1986.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 76.70%.

Post-Election

Following the May 1986 general elections, Prime Minister Errol Barrow died on 1 June 1987 and was succeeded by his Deputy Erskine Sandiford was became the Fourth Prime Minister of Barbados. Sandiford pledged to continue Barrow’s economic and social policies, particularly tax reforms. 

In February 1989, four DLP members left the party to form a new one known as the National Democratic Party (NDP); Richard Haynes, its head, was subsequently appointed as leader of the parliamentary opposition.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 27 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 134,620
Invalid Votes 943
Total Votes Cast 135,563
Registered Voters 176,739
Voter Turnout 76.70%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Tue, 6 May 1986
Nomination Day Tue, 13 May 1986
Polling Day Wed, 28 May 1986
First Meeting of Parliament -
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Harold Bernard ST. JOHN
Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
  Photo Errol Walton BARROW
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
BY THE NUMBERS
BLP
27 candidates
3 seats
54,367 votes (40.4%)
DLP
27 candidates
24 seats
80,050 votes (59.5%)
OTHERS
Minor
Parties & Independent Candidates
6 candidates
0 seats
203 votes
(0.1%)
SEATS 14 seats for a majority
B 3(-14)
24 seats (+14) DLP
PARTY MANIFESTOS  
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BLP 1986 Manifesto
   
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Barbados Labour Party BLP 54,367 40.39% -11.84% 27 3 -14
  Democratic Labour Party Winner DLP 80,050 59.46% +12.34% 27 24 +14
  Workers Party of Barbados WPB 87 0.06% +0.06% 2 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 116 0.09% -0.57% 4 0 -
  Total Valid Votes   134,620 100% 0% 60 27  
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ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY  
Constituency   Representative Party
City of Bridgetown   MILLER, Peter J.M. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael South   SANDIFORD, Lloyd Erskine Democratic Labour Party
St Michael East   BLACKMAN, Donald G. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael South Central   HAYNES, Richard Christopher Democratic Labour Party
St Michael Central   TROTMAN, Cardinal LeRoy Democratic Labour Party
St Michael South East   SIMMONS, Erskine A. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael North East   BRATHWAITE, Leroy L. Democratic 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   HALL, Wesley W. Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church West   FORDE, Henry deBoulay Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church West Central   KING, Maurice A. Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church East Central   MORRIS, Robert L. Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church East   BOURNE, Edgar Democratic Labour Party
St Philip North   FRANKLIN, Warwick O. Democratic Labour Party
St Philip South   BLACKMAN, Harold A. Democratic Labour Party
St George North   WALKER, Cyril Valentine Democratic Labour Party
St George South   BYER, Richard P. Democratic Labour Party
St John   BARROW, Errol Walton Democratic Labour Party
St Joseph    BARKER-WELCH, Maizie Democratic Labour Party
St Thomas    SIMMONS, David A.C. Barbados Labour Party
St James North   PAYNE, Joseph J. Democratic Labour Party
St James South   SIMMONS, Neville Keith Democratic Labour Party
St Peter   ARTHUR, Owen Seymour Barbados Labour Party
St Andrew    NEBLETT, Clifton A. Democratic Labour Party
St Lucy    GREAVES, Edward Evelyn Democratic Labour Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY, CANDIDATE, AND PARTY
Constituency   Candidate Party Votes %Votes
City of Bridgetown   PETER J.M. MILLER winner DLP 2,217 53.72%
  Billie A. Miller BLP 1,838 44.54%
  Lorenzo Coward WPB 47 1.14%
  Lyle S. Carmichael IND 25 0.61%
St. Michael South   LLOYD E. SANDIFORD winner DLP 2,737 59.20%
  Lionel S. Craig BLP 1,886 40.80%
St. Michael East   DONALD G. BLACKMAN winner DLP 3,469 75.05%
  John A.R. Lynch BLP 1,153 24.95%
St. Michael South Central   RICHARD C. HAYNES winner DLP 3,064 66.80%
  Philip C. Goddard DLP 1,523 33.20%
St. Michael Central   CARDINAL L. TROTMAN winner DLP 2,520 56.88%
  Aaron Truss BLP 1,910 43.12%
St. Michael South East   ERSKINE A. SIMMONS winner DLP 3,128 60.71%
  DeLisle O. Bradshaw BLP 2,024 39.29%
St. Michael North East   LEROY L. BRATHWAITE winner DLP 2,533 61.45%
  Laurisford L. Sisnett BLP 1,549 37.58%
  Gordon R. Parris WPB 40 0.97%
St. Michael North   PHILIP M. GREAVES winner DLP 3,105 59.95%
  Clyde A. Griffith BLP 2,074 40.05%
St. Michael North West   LAWSON A. WEEKES winner DLP 3,116 69.24%
  John E.D. Williams BLP 1,384 30.76%
St. Michael West   BRANDFORD M. TAITT winner DLP 2,956 70.89%
  Muhammud A. Nassar BLP 1,162 27.87%
  David McD. Smith IND 52 1.25%
St. Michael West Central   WESLEY W. HALL winner DLP 2,782 61.12%
  Victor L. Johnson BLP 1,770 38.88%
Christ Church West   HENRY DeB. FORDE winner BLP 3,456 60.39%
  John N.R. Daniel DLP 2,267 39.61%
Christ Church West Central   MARICE A. KING winner DLP 4,229 64.51%
  O'Brien Trotman BLP 2,327 35.49%
Christ Church East Central   ROBERT L. MORRIS winner DLP 2,811 52.35%
  Harold B. St. John BLP 2,559 47.65%
Christ Church East   EDGAR BOURNE winner DLP 3,543 56.91%
  Richard L. Cheltenham BLP 2,683 43.09%
St. Philip North   WARWICK O. FRANKLIN winner DLP 3,079 64.29%
  George S. Griffith BLP 1,694 35.37%
  Henderson L. Linton IND 16 0.33%
St. Philip South   HAROLD A. BLACKMAN winner DLP 3,575 65.31%
  Hutson R. Linton BLP 1,899 34.69%
St. George North   CYRIL V. WALKER winner DLP 3,069 59.86%
  Jack G. Odle BLP 2,058 40.14%
St. George South   RICHARD P. BYER winner DLP 2,583 52.12%
  Louis R. Tull BLP 2,373 47.88%
St. John   ERROL W. BARROW winner DLP 3,957 86.42%
  John F. Nichols BLP 583 12.73%
  Evan McG. Webster IND 39 0.85%
St. Joseph   MAISIE I. BARKER-WELCH winner DLP 2,588 55.05%
  Charles L. Bolden BLP 2,113 44.95%
St. Thomas   DAVID A.C. SIMMONS winner BLP 3,070 54.05%
  Ronald J. Rock DLP 2,610 45.95%
St. James North   JOSEPH J. PAYNE winner DLP 2,482 52.47%
  Nigel A. Barrow BLP 2,248 47.53%
St. James South    NEVILLE K. SIMMONS winner DLP 3,098 65.89%
  John E. Jordan BLP 1,604 34.11%
St. Peter    OWEN S. ARTHUR winner BLP 3,219 52.83%
  Sybil F.P. Leacock DLP 2,851 46.79%
  Martin R. Cadogan IND 23 0.38%
St. Andrew   CLIFTON A. NEBLETT winner DLP 2,575 57.58%
  Lloyd B. Brathwaite BLP 1,897 42.42%
St. Lucy   EDWARD E. GREAVES winner DLP 3,106 57.34%
  Roy E. Brathwaite BLP 2,311 42.66%
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered BLP DLP WPB IND Total Valid Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
City of Bridgetown 5,579 1,838 2,217 47 25 4,127 25 4,152 74.42%
St Michael South 6,343 1,886 2,737 - - 4,623 42 4,665 73.55%
St Michael East 6,213 1,153 3,469 - - 4,622 36 4,658 74.97%
St Michael South Central 5,805 1,523 3,064 - - 4,587 27 4,614 79.48%
St Michael Central 5,796 1,910 2,520 - - 4,430 23 4,453 76.83%
St Michael South East 6,456 2,024 3,128 - - 5,152 37 5,189 80.37%
St Michael North East 6,135 1,549 2,533 40 - 4,122 34 4,156 67.74%
St Michael North 7,603 2,074 3,105 - - 5,179 36 5,215 68.59%
St Michael North West 5,941 1,384 3,116 - - 4,500 28 4,528 76.22%
St Michael West 5,703 1,162 2,956 - 52 4,170 54 4,224 74.07%
St Michael West Central 5,977 1,770 2,782 - - 4,552 36 4,588 76.76%
Christ Church West 7,971 3,456 2,267 - - 5,723 43 5,766 72.34%
Christ Church West Central 8,919 2,327 4,229 - - 6,556 32 6,588 73.86%
Christ Church East Central 7,260 2,559 2,811 - - 5,370 20 5,390 74.24%
Christ Church East 7,774 2,683 3,543 - - 6,226 39 6,265 80.59%
St Philip North 5,986 1,694 3,079 - 16 4,789 70 4,859 81.17%
St Philip South 7,043 1,899 3,575 - - 5,474 28 5,502 78.12%
St George North 6,595 2,058 3,069 - - 5,127 33 5,160 78.24%
St George South 6,026 2,373 2,583 - - 4,956 36 4,992 82.84%
St John 6,231 583 3,957 - - 4,540 23 4,563 73.23%
St Joseph  6,402 2,113 2,588 - - 4,701 32 4,733 73.93%
St Thomas  6,947 3,070 2,610 - - 5,680 44 5,724 82.40%
St James North 6,203 2,248 2,482 - - 4,730 28 4,758 76.70%
St James South 6,525 1,604 3,098 - - 4,702 22 4,724 72.40%
St Peter 7,278 3,219 2,851 - 23 6,093 32 6,125 84.16%
St Andrew  5,617 1,897 2,575 - - 4,472 35 4,507 80.24%
St Lucy  6,411 2,311 3,106 - - 5,417 48 5,465 85.24%
Total 176,739 54,367 80,050 87 116 134,620 943 135,563 76.70%
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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