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Barbados General Election Results - 20 January 1999
General elections were held in Barbados on 20 January 1999. Elections were held for all 28 seats in the House of Assembly using a first-past-the-post system.

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.

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 58 candidates contested the election. The two major parties - the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) - led by Owen Artur, and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) - led by David Thompson - both presented a full slate of 28 candidates. Arthur, an economist, was 49 years old, while Thompson, a prominent lawyer, was 37. There were also 2 independent candidates.

Background

On 26 December 1998, Writs were issued appointing Nomination Day as Tuesday, 5 January 1999 and Wednesday, 20 January 1999 as Election Day. On 28 December 1998, the Governor-General appointed 14 January 1999 as the Polling Day for the Foreign Service Electors and Special Polling Day for Election Officers.

There were 204,307 registered electors; 96,421 males and 107,886 females.

Election Campaign

During the brief election campaign, the BLP pointed to its solid performance in the economic sector which had led to steady growth (especially in the key tourism industry) and a sharp drop in unemployment since the party had come to power in 1994.  The opposition countered by focusing on the crime rate and drug-related violence.  Other issues debated concerned family values and Mr. Arthur's push for a regional political union designed to give the eastern Caribbean a greater role in global trade.

In the 1999 elections, the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of Prime Minister Owen Arthur was once again mainly opposed by the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) headed by David Thompson. 

Results

On polling day, the electorate showed its approval of the government's impressive record by giving it 26 of the 28 House seats - a gain of seven.  The DLP, for its part, lost six seats, including that of former Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford who lost his seat by 1,224 votes to the 2,137 of the BLP's Noel Lynch. Only Thompson, winning in St John, and Denis Kellman, a businessman, who retained his St Lucy seat, survived the BLP landslide.

On 25 January 1999, a new 15-member Cabinet headed by the popular Mr. Arthur was sworn in.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 63.36%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 28 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 128,630
Invalid Votes 820
Total Votes Cast 129,450
Registered Voters 204,307
Voter Turnout 63.36%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Sat, 26 Dec 1998
Nomination Day Tue, 5 Jan 1999
Polling Day Wed, 20 Jan 1999
First Meeting of Parliament Tue, 16 Feb 1999
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Owen ARTHUR
Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
  Photo David THOMPSON
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
BY THE NUMBERS
BLP
28 candidates
26 seats
83,445 votes (64.9%)
DLP
28 candidates
2 seats
45,118 votes (35.1%)
IND
Independent Candidates
2 candidates
0 seats
67
votes (0.05%)
SEATS 15 seats for a majority
BLP 26 seats (+7)
2 D
PARTY MANIFESTOS  
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BLP 1999 Manifesto
   
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Barbados Labour Party Winner BLP 83,445 64.87% +16.53% 28 26 +7
  Democratic Labour Party DLP 45,118 35.08% -3.26% 28 2 -6
  Independent Candidates IND 67 0.05% -0.51% 2 0 -
  Total Valid Votes   128,630 100% - 58 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   LYNCH, Noel A. Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael East   PRESCOD, Trevor A. Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael South Central   GILL, David Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael Central   ROETT, Ishmael Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael South East   LASHLEY, Hamilton Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael North East   MOTTLEY, Mia Amor Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael North   TOPPIN, Ronald Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael North West   WILLIAMS, Mark Z. Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael West   ATHERLEY, Joseph J.S. Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael West Central   MARSHALL, Rommell D. Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church West   FORDE, Henry deBoulay Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church West Central   EDGHILL, Joseph M. Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church South   ST. JOHN, Harold Bernard Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church East Central   CARTER, Duncan Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church East    FARLEY, Reginald R. Barbados Labour Party
St. Philip North   GREENIDGE, Rudolph N. Barbados Labour Party
St. Philip South   WOOD, Anthony P. Barbados Labour Party
St. George North   CLARKE , Gline A. Barbados 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   THOMPSON, Hemrietta Elizabeth Barbados Labour Party
St. Peter   ARTHUR, Owen Seymour Barbados Labour Party
St. Andrew   PAYNE, George Walton Barbados Labour Party
St. Lucy   KELLMAN, Denis St. Elmo Democratic Labour Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY, CANDIDATE, AND PARTY
Constituency   Candidate Party Votes %Votes
City of Bridgetown   BILLIE A. MILLER winner BLP 2,558 76.29%
  Abdul Pandor DLP 795 23.71%
St. Michael South   NOEL A. LYNCH winner BLP 2,137 62.65%
  Lloyd E. Sandiford DLP 1,274 37.35%
St. Michael East   TREVOR A. PRESCOD winner BLP 2,465 58.10%
  Joseph O. Tudor DLP 1,778 41.90%
St. Michael South Central   DAVID T. GILL winner BLP 2,511 63.81%
  Richard L. Sealy DLP 1,393 35.40%
  Carl Haddock IND 31 0.79%
St. Michael Central   ISHMAEL ROETT winner BLP 2,436 64.14%
  Christopher P. Sinckler DLP 1,362 35.86%
St. Michael South East   HAMILTON LASHLEY winner BLP 3,542 79.60%
  Delisle O. Bradshaw DLP 908 20.40%
St. Michael North East   MIA A. MOTTLEY winner BLP 3,393 79.69%
  Leroy H. McClean DLP 865 20.31%
St. Michael North   RONALD TOPPIN winner BLP 3,358 70.13%
  Ralph A. Thorne DLP 1,430 29.87%
St. Michael North West   MARK Z. WILLIAMS winner BLP 1,902 50.38%
  Clyde A. Mascoll DLP 1,873 49.62%
St. Michael West   JOSEPH J.S. ATHERLEY winner BLP 2,155 58.31%
  Branford M. Taitt DLP 1,541 41.69%
St. Michael West Central   ROMMELL D. MARSHALL winner BLP 2,527 62.81%
  Derek McD. Alleyne DLP 1,496 37.19%
Christ Church West   HENRY DeB. FORDE winner BLP 2,952 76.12%
  Peter A. Barrow DLP 926 23.88%
Christ Church West Central   JOSEPH M. EDGHILL winner BLP 2,515 60.10%
  Rudy W. Grant DLP 1,634 39.04%
  Edwin L. Adams IND 36 0.86%
Christ Church South   HAROLD B. ST. JOHN winner BLP 2,659 59.95%
  John D.E. Boyce DLP 1,776 40.05%
Christ Church East Central   DUNCAN CARTER winner BLP 3,227 60.03%
  Wendell C.C. Callender DLP 2,149 39.97%
Christ Church East   REGINALD R. FARLEY winner BLP 3,231 57.19%
  Tyrone C. Estwick DLP 2,419 42.81%
St. Philip North   RUDOLPH N. GREENIDGE winner BLP 3,378 60.97%
  David C. Estwick DLP 2,162 39.03%
St. Philip South   ANTHONY P. WOOD winner BLP 3,643 59.81%
  Freundel J. Stuart DLP 2,448 40.19%
St. George North   GLINE A. CLARKE winner BLP 3,948 79.45%
  Patrick Carter DLP 1,021 20.55%
St. George South   LOUIS R. TULL winner BLP 3,100 61.34%
  Hartley H. Henry DLP 1,954 38.66%
St. John   DAVID J.H. THOMPSON winner DLP 2,955 65.07%
  Joycelyn P. Thorington BLP 1,586 34.93%
St. Joseph   RICHARD L. CHELTENHAM winner BLP 2,715 57.15%
  Randall DaC. Rouse DLP 2,036 42.85%
St. Thomas   DAVID A.C. SIMMONS winner BLP 3,687 76.19%
  George A. Pilgrim DLP 1,152 23.81%
St. James North   RAWLE C. EASTMOND winner BLP 3,732 78.26%
  Michael A. Carrington DLP 1,037 21.74%
St. James South   HENRIETTA E. THOMPSON winner BLP 3,879 63.40%
  Kerrie D. Symmonds DLP 2,239 36.60%
St. Peter   OWEN S. ARTHUR winner BLP 4,422 83.20%
  Yvonne V. Walkes DLP 893 16.80%
St. Andrew   GEORGE W. PAYNE winner BLP 3,524 79.21%
  Denis S. Lowe DLP 925 20.79%
St. Lucy   DENIS St.E. KELLMAN winner DLP 2,677 54.19%
  Gray E.N. Brome BLP 2,263 45.81%
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered BLP DLP IND Total Valid Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
City of Bridgetown 6,046 2,558 795 - 3,353 27 3,380 55.90%
St. Michael South 5,873 2,137 1,274 - 3,411 25 3,436 58.51%
St. Michael East 6,568 2,465 1,778 - 4,243 30 4,273 65.06%
St. Michael South Central 6,283 2,511 1,393 31 3,935 16 3,951 62.88%
St. Michael Central 5,938 2,436 1,362 - 3,798 23 3,821 64.35%
St. Michael South East 6,788 3,542 908 - 4,450 23 4,473 65.90%
St. Michael North East 6,449 3,393 865 - 4,258 44 4,302 66.71%
St. Michael North 7,719 3,358 1,430 - 4,788 40 4,828 62.55%
St. Michael North West 6,277 1,902 1,873 - 3,775 30 3,805 60.62%
St. Michael West 6,058 2,155 1,541 - 3,696 19 3,715 61.32%
St. Michael West Central 6,521 2,527 1,496 - 4,023 43 4,066 62.35%
Christ Church West 6,867 2,952 926 - 3,878 24 3,902 56.82%
Christ Church West Central 7,204 2,515 1,634 36 4,185 29 4,214 58.50%
Christ Church South 7,710 2,659 1,776 - 4,435 18 4,453 57.76%
Christ Church East Central 8,649 3,227 2,149 - 5,376 26 5,402 62.46%
Christ Church East 8,419 3,231 2,419 - 5,650 35 5,685 67.53%
St. Philip North 8,517 3,378 2,162 - 5,540 37 5,577 65.48%
St. Philip South 9,474 3,643 2,448 - 6,091 31 6,122 64.62%
St. George North 7,468 3,948 1,021 - 4,969 27 4,996 66.90%
St. George South 7,622 3,100 1,954 - 5,054 36 5,090 66.78%
St. John 7,433 1,586 2,955 - 4,541 25 4,566 61.43%
St. Joseph 7,131 2,715 2,036 - 4,751 31 4,782 67.06%
St. Thomas 7,877 3,687 1,152 - 4,839 24 4,863 61.74%
St. James North 7,788 3,732 1,037 - 4,769 25 4,794 61.56%
St. James South 9,532 3,879 2,239 - 6,118 25 6,143 64.45%
St. Peter 7,798 4,422 893 - 5,315 45 5,360 68.74%
St. Andrew 6,867 3,524 925 - 4,449 35 4,484 65.30%
St. Lucy 7,431 2,263 2,677 - 4,940 27 4,967 66.84%
Total 204,307 83,445 45,118 67 128,630 820 129,450 63.36%
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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