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Barbados General Election Results - 22 January 1991
General elections were held in Barbados on 22 January 1991. Elections were held for all 28 seats in the House of Assembly using a first-past-the-post system.

In 1990, the Electoral and Boundaries Commission in its review of constituency boundaries increased the number of seats in the House of Assembly from 27 to 28.

Electoral System

The 28 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

Following the May 1986 General Election, Prime Minister Errol Barrow (Democratic Labour Party - DLP) died in June 1987 and was succeeded by Erskine Sandiford (hitherto the Deputy Prime Minister), who 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.

On 29 December 1990, the Governor-General issued a proclamation dissolving Parliament and Writs appointing Monday, 7 January 1991 as Nomination Day and Tuesday, 22 January 1991 as Election Day.

There were 191,000 registered electors, 89,354 males and 101, 646 females.

Political Parties & Candidates

In the 1991 poll, the ruling DLP’s main challenge once again came from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), which had been in office until 1986.

A total of 91 candidates from three political parties contested the election. The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) - led by Henry Forde, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) - led by David Thompson, and the National Democratic Party (NDP) - led by Richard Haynes - all presented full slates of 28 candidates each. There were also seven independent candidates.

Campaign

The Sandiford-led DLP ran on a platform of "economic justice" and Caribbean cooperation.

Results

On polling day, Sandiford won his first full term of office as Prime Minister as the DLP captured 18 of the enlarged House of Assembly’s 28 seats.  The BLP won the remaining 10. The National Democratic Party, formed in 1989 by former finance minister Richie Haynes, lost all four of its seats.

A new Cabinet was announced on 26 January 1991.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 63.72%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 28 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 120,352
Invalid Votes 1,344
Total Votes Cast 121,696
Registered Voters 191,000
Voter Turnout 63.72%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Sat, 29 Dec 1990
Nomination Day Mon, 7 Jan 1991
Polling Day Tue, 22 Jan 1991
First Meeting of Parliament -
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Henry FORDE
Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
  Photo Erskine SANDIFORD
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
  Photo Richard HAYNES
National Democratic Party (NDP)
BY THE NUMBERS
BLP
28
candidates
10 seats
51,172
votes (42.5%)
DLP
28 candidates
18 seats
60,517 votes (50.3%)
NDP
28 candidates
0 seats
8,218 votes (6.8%)
IND
Independent Candidates
7
candidates
0 seats
445
votes (0.4%)
SEATS 15 seats for a majority
BLP 10 seats (+7)
2 seats (-6) DLP
PARTY MANIFESTOS  
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BLP 1991 Manifesto
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DLP 1991 Manifesto
 
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Barbados Labour Party BLP 51,172 42.52% +2.13% 28 10 +7
  Democratic Labour Party Winner DLP 60,517 50.28% -9.18% 28 18 -6
  National Democratic Party NDP 8,218 6.83% +6.83% 28 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 445 0.37% +0.28% 7 0 -
  Total Valid Votes   120,352 100% 0% 91 28 +1
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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   TUDOR, Joseph O. Democratic Labour Party
St. Michael South Central   BOWEN, David W. Democratic Labour Party
St. Michael Central   TROTMAN, Cardinal LeRoy Democratic Labour Party
St. Michael South East   BRADSHAW, Delisle O. Barbados 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 South   MORRIS, Robert L. Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church East Central   ST. JOHN, Harold Bernard Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church East    ESTWICK , Tyrone Cecil 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   TULL, Louis Randall Barbados Labour Party
St. John   THOMPSON, David John Howard Democratic Labour Party
St. Joseph   CHELTENHAM, Richard L. Barbados Labour Party
St. Thomas   SIMMONS, David A.C. Barbados Labour Party
St. James North   EASTMOND, Rawle C. Barbados Labour Party
St. James South   SIMMONS, Neville Keith Democratic Labour Party
St. Peter   ARTHUR, Owen Seymour Barbados Labour Party
St. Andrew   PAYNE, George Walton Barbados Labour Party
St. Lucy   GREAVES, Edward Evelyn Democratic Labour Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY, CANDIDATE, AND PARTY
Constituency   Candidate Party Votes %Votes
City of Bridgetown   BILLIE A. MILLER winner BLP 1,630 45.94%
  John A. Connell  DLP 1,569 44.22%
  Peter J.M. Miller NDP 349 9.84%
St. Michael South   LLOYD E. SANDIFORD winner DLP 2,416 61.30%
  Ian C. A. Bishop BLP 1,312 33.29%
  Vernon O. Smith  NDP 173 4.39%
  David McD. Smith  IND 40 1.01%
St. Michael East   JOSEPH O. TUDOR  winner DLP 2,752 67.82%
  Hugh D. Harper  BLP 953 23.48%
  Grenvllle S. Barrow NDP 353 8.70%
St. Michael South Central   DAVID W. BOWEN winner DLP 1,733 40.57%
  Philip C. Goddard BLP 1,430 33.47%
  Richard C. Haynes NDP 1,109 25.96%
St. Michael Central   CARDINAL L. TROTMAN winner DLP 1,961 53.19%
  Aaron Truss  BLP 1,577 42.77%
  William W. Skinner NDP 149 4.04%
St. Michael South East   DELISLE O. BRADSHAW winner BLP 1,881 47.49%
  Erskine A. Simmons  DLP 1,799 45.42%
  Cranston C. Browne  NDP 268 6.77%
  Anthony T. Wiggins IND 13 0.33%
St. Michael North East   LEROY L. BRATHWAITE winner DLP 1,767 49.61%
  Mia A. Mottley  BLP 1,580 44.36%
  Harold A. Eastmond NDP 215 6.04%
St. Michael North   PHILIP M. GREAVES winner DLP 2,335 53.99%
  Ronald St.C. Toppin  BLP 1,673 38.68%
  Vere P. Brathwaite NDP 317 7.33%
St. Michael North West   LAWSON A. WEEKES winner DLP 2,139 62.00%
  Leroy F. Callender  BLP 1,065 30.87%
  Sally M.S. Cools NDP 246 7.13%
St. Michael West   BRANFORD M. TAITT winner DLP 2,569 68.71%
  Muhammad A. Nassar  BLP 1,003 26.83%
  Alfred W.A. McClean NDP 167 4.47%
St. Michael West Central   WESLEY W. HALL winner DLP 2,139 54.19%
  Victor L. Johnson  BLP 1,556 39.42%
  Rommell D. Marshall NDP 252 6.38%
Christ Church West   HENRY DEB. FORDE winner BLP 2,764 66.51%
  John N. Daniel  DLP 1,115 26.83%
  Harold C.D. Hinds NDP 277 6.67%
Christ Church West Central   MAURICE A. KING  winner DLP 1,773 48.15%
  Joseph M. Edghill  BLP 1,611 43.75%
  Harold L. Russell NDP 298 8.09%
Christ Church East Central   ROBERT L. MORRIS winner DLP 2,521 55.68%
  Duncan Carter  BLP 1,740 38.43%
  Jeannette E. Layne-Clark NDP 267 5.90%
Christ Church South   HAROLD B. ST. JOHN winner BLP 2,378 53.79%
  Carl D. Clarke  DLP 1,761 39.83%
  George S. Bispham NDP 282 6.38%
Christ Church East   TYRONE C. ESTWICK  winner DLP 2,333 47.65%
  Calvin D. Harris  BLP 2,101 42.91%
  Edgar Bourne  NDP 462 9.44%
St. Philip North   WARWICK O. FRANKLIN winner DLP 2,822 55.50%
  George S. Griffith  BLP 2,001 39.35%
  Joseph E. Goddard  NDP 247 4.86%
  Henderson L. Linton IND 15 0.29%
St. Philip South   HAROLD A. BLACKMAN winner DLP 2,798 59.60%
  Clyde A. D. Holder  BLP 1,686 35.91%
  Gertrude L. Eastmond NDP 211 4.49%
St. George North   CYRIL V. WALKER winner DLP 2,215 48.52%
  Gline A. Clarke  BLP 2,024 44.34%
  Granville O. Cox NDP 326 7.14%
St. George South   LOUIS R. TULL winner BLP 2,686 58.06%
  Leroy H. McClean  DLP 1,384 29.92%
  Richard P. Byer NDP 556 12.02%
St. John   DAVID J. H. THOMPSON winner DLP 3,564 81.54%
  Steven G.W. ConiIffe  BLP 640 14.64%
  Litchfield Morgan  NDP 115 2.63%
  Evans McG. Webster IND 52 1.19%
St. Joseph   RICHARD L. CHELTENHAM winner BLP 2,203 49.22%
  Malzle I. Barker-Welch DLP 1,860 41.55%
  Randall I.E. Worrell NDP 380 8.49%
  Hamilton T.E. Roachford IND 33 0.74%
St. Thomas   DAVID A.C. SIMMONS winner BLP 3,029 64.74%
  Enrol E. Niles DLP 1,445 30.88%
  Ruth Taylor NDP 205 4.38%
St. James North   RAMLE C. EASTMOND winner BLP 2,505 52.76%
  Joseph J. Payne DLP 2,038 42.92%
  Dennis L. Bailey NDP 183 3.85%
  Gordon S. Price IND 22 0.46%
St. James South   NEVILLE K. SIMMONS winner DLP 2,818 60.23%
  Henrietta  E. Thompson BLP 1,505 32.16%
  Cora C. Cumberbatch NDP 356 7.61%
St. Peter   OWEN S. ARTHUR BLP 2,810 55.52%
  Yvonne V. Walkes DLP 2,159 42.66%
  George B. Rock NDP 92 1.82%
St. Andrew   GEORGE N. PAYNE winner BLP 2,217 53.31%
  Clifton A. Neblett DLP 1,407 33.83%
  Halton G. Martin IND 270 6.49%
  Carl W. Power NDP 265 6.37%
St. Lucy   EDWARD E. GREAVES winner DLP 2,712 53.82%
  Roy E. Brathwalte BLP 2,229 44.23%
  George W. Edghlll NDP 98 1.94%
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered BLP DLP NDP IND Total Valid Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
City of Bridgetown 6,208 1,630 1,569 349 - 3,548 65 3,613 58.20%
St. Michael South 6,528 1,312 2,416 173 40 3,941 19 3,960 60.66%
St. Michael East 6,397 953 2,752 353 - 4,058 64 4,122 64.44%
St. Michael South Central 6,597 1,430 1,733 1,109 - 4,272 55 4,327 65.59%
St. Michael Central 6,009 1,577 1,961 149 - 3,687 50 3,737 62.19%
St. Michael South East 6,304 1,881 1,799 268 13 3,961 23 3,984 63.20%
St. Michael North East 6,235 1,580 1,767 215 - 3,562 60 3,622 58.09%
St. Michael North 7,352 1,673 2,335 317 - 4,325 45 4,370 59.44%
St. Michael North West 6,242 1,065 2,139 246 - 3,450 54 3,504 56.14%
St. Michael West 6,279 1,003 2,569 167 - 3,739 63 3,802 60.55%
St. Michael West Central 6,461 1,556 2,139 252 - 3,947 34 3,981 61.62%
Christ Church West 6,853 2,764 1,115 277 - 4,156 26 4,182 61.02%
Christ Church West Central 6,299 1,611 1,773 298 - 3,682 27 3,709 58.88%
Christ Church South 7,208 1,761 2,521 267 - 4,549 46 4,595 63.75%
Christ Church East Central 6,895 1,740 2,378 282 - 4,400 50 4,450 64.54%
Christ Church East  7,568 2,101 2,333 462 - 4,896 81 4,977 65.76%
St. Philip North 7,375 2,001 2,822 247 15 5,085 32 5,117 69.38%
St. Philip South 7,560 1,686 2,798 211 - 4,695 54 4,749 62.82%
St. George North 6,805 2,024 2,215 326 - 4,565 77 4,642 68.21%
St. George South 6,980 2,686 1,384 556 - 4,626 127 4,753 68.09%
St. John 7,054 640 3,564 115 52 4,371 19 4,390 62.23%
St. Joseph 7,086 2,203 1,860 380 33 4,476 19 4,495 63.43%
St. Thomas 7,246 3,029 1,445 205 - 4,679 28 4,707 64.96%
St. James North 7,428 2,505 2,036 183 22 4,746 19 4,765 64.15%
St. James South 7,534 1,505 2,816 356 - 4,677 21 4,698 62.36%
St. Peter 7,180 2,810 2,159 92 - 5,061 55 5,116 71.25%
St. Andrew 6,379 2,217 1,407 265 270 4,159 22 4,181 65.54%
St. Lucy 6,938 2,229 2,712 98 - 5,039 109 5,148 74.20%
Total 191,000 51,172 60,517 8,218 445 120,352 1,344 121,696 63.72%
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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