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Barbados General Election Results - 21 May 2003
General elections were held in Barbados on 21 May 2003. Elections were held for all seats in the House of Assembly using a first-past-the-post system. The number of seats increased from 28 to 30.

Electoral System

The 30 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

The Writs for the Elections were issued on 25 April 2003 appointing Nomination Day as Tuesday, 6 May 2003 and Election Day as Wednesday, 21 May 2003. On Monday, 28 April 2003 the Governor General also appointed Thursday, 15 May 2003 as the Polling Day for Foreign Service Electors and Special Polling Day for Election Officers.

There were 220,093 registered electors, 104,304 males and 115,789 females.

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 62 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 Clyde Mascoll - both presented a full slate of 30 candidates. There were also 2 independent candidates.

Election Campaign

For the May 2003 election, the campaign mainly focused on economic issues.  In this Caribbean island, with some of the highest taxes in the region, the two parties contesting the election pledged to add jobs and cut taxes.  In 2002, the Labour Party's government had presented a plan to reduce income taxes from 25% to 22.5% in 2003 and then to 20% in 2004.

Although Barbados has one of the region's strongest economies, unemployment in 2002 stood at 10.3 per cent, up from 9.9 per cent in 2001.  During the campaign, Prime Minister Owen Arthur suggested diversifying the economy - based largely on tourism, banking, and insurance - by proposing incentives to artists and craftsmen to encourage small enterprises, while the opposition accused the government of wasteful spending, and suggested cutting taxes on workers and providing training for the workforce to ensure Barbados remains competitive.

Results

In the 2003 legislative elections, the Labour Party (BLP) also won a landslide victory, as it emerged with 23 seats out of 30.  Although it was a convincing victory for the BLP, the opposition DLP was able to pick up 5 new seats for 7 previously.

On 23 May 2003, Owen Arthur was sworn in as Prime Minister for his third term in office.  Three days later, all the 17 members of the Cabinet were as well officially sworn in.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 61.03%.

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ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 30 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 133,452
Invalid Votes 861
Total Votes Cast 134,313
Registered Voters 220,093
Voter Turnout 61.03%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Fri, 25 Apr 2003
Nomination Day Tue, 6 May 2003
Polling Day Wed, 21 May 2003
First Meeting of Parliament Fri, 6 June 2003
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Owen ARTHUR
Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
  Photo Clyde MASCOLL
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
BY THE NUMBERS
BLP
30 candidates
23 seats
66,132 votes (55.6%)
DLP
30 candidates
7 seats
52,668 votes (44.3%)
IND
Independent Candidates
2 candidates
0 seats
141 votes
(0.1%)
SEATS 16 seats for a majority
BLP 23 seats (-3)
7 seats (+5) DLP
PARTY MANIFESTOS  
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BLP 2003 Manifesto
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DLP 2003 Manifesto
 
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Barbados Labour Party Winner BLP 66,132 55.60% -9.27% 30 23 -3
  Democratic Labour Party DLP 52,668 44.28% +9.20% 30 7 +5
  Independent Candidates IND 141 0.12% -0.17% 2 0 -
  Total Valid Votes   118,941 100% 0% 62 30 +2
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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   SEALY, Richard L. Democratic Labour Party
St. Michael Central   ROETT, Ismael A. Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael South East   LASHLEY, Hamilton F. Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael North East   MOTTLEY, Mia Amor Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael North   TOPPIN, Ronald St. C Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael North West   MASCOLL, Clyde A. Democratic 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   DUGUID, William F. Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church West Central   EDGHILL, Joseph M. Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church South   WALCOTT, Jerome X. Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church East Central   JONES, Ronald D. Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church East    FARLEY, Reginald R. Barbados Labour Party
St. Philip North   LASHLEY, Michael A. Democratic Labour Party
St. Philip South   WOOD, Anthony P. Barbados Labour Party
St. Philip West   ESTWICK , David C. Democratic Labour Party
St. George North   CLARKE , Gline A. Barbados Labour Party
St. George South   TULL, Louis R. Barbados Labour Party
St. John   THOMPSON, David John Howard Democratic Labour Party
St. Joseph   MARSHALL, Dale D. Barbados Labour Party
St. Thomas   FORDE, Cynthia Y. Barbados Labour Party
St. James North   EASTMOND , Rawle C. Barbados Labour Party
St. James South   THOMPSON, Henrietta E. Barbados Labour Party
St. James Central   SYMMONDS, Kerrie D. Barbados Labour Party
St. Peter   ARTHUR, Owen Seymour Barbados Labour Party
St. Andrew   PAYNE, George Walton Barbados Labour Party
St. Lucy   KELLMAN, Denis Democratic Labour Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY, CANDIDATE, AND PARTY
Constituency   Candidate Party Votes %Votes
City of Bridgetown   BILLIE A. MILLER winner BLP 1,973 54.28%
  Patrick Μ.Τ Todd DLP 1,561 42.94%
  Danny L. Gill IND 101 2.78%
St. Michael South   NOEL A. LYNCH winner BLP 1,937 51.54%
  Freundel J Stuart DLP 1,821 48.46%
St. Michael East   TREVOR A. PRESCOD winner BLP 2,417 57.06%
  Kenneth S Best DLP 1,819 42.94%
St. Michael South Central   RICHARD L. SEALY winner DLP 2,108 52.15%
  David T. Gill BLP 1,934 47.85%
St. Michael Central   ISHMAEL A. ROETT winner BLP 2,062 51.58%
  Steven D Blackett DLP 1,936 48.42%
St. Michael South East   HAMILTON F. LASHLEY winner BLP 3,416 74.72%
  Undine P. Whittaker DLP 1,116 24.41%
  Peter M. Prescod IND 40 0.87%
St. Michael North East   MIA A. MOTTLEY winner BLP 3,724 79.88%
  Hermon O. Lowe DLP 938 20.12%
St. Michael North   RONALD St.C TOPPIN winner BLP 2,634 59.28%
  Jean A. Chase-Sealy DLP 1,809 40.72%
St. Michael North West   CLYDE A. MASCOLL winner DLP 2,450 57.99%
  Mark Z. Williams BLP 1,775 42.01%
St. Michael West   JOSEPH J.S. ATHERLEY winner BLP 2,046 52.26%
  Michael A. Carrington DLP 1,869 47.74%
St. Michael West Central   ROMMELL D. MARSHALL winner BLP 2,679 61.08%
  Marilyn R. Rice-Bowen DLP 1,707 38.92%
Christ Church West   WILLIAM F. DUGUID winner BLP 2,622 64.58%
  Peter A. Barrøw DLP 1,438 35.42%
Christ Church West Central   JOSEPH M. EDGHILL winner BLP 2,361 54.51%
  Laurence E. Clarke DLP 1,970 45.49%
Christ Church South   JEROME X. WALCOTT winner BLP 2,177 50.69%
  John D.E. Boyce DLP 2,118 49.31%
Christ Church East Central   RONALD D. JONES winner DLP 2,524 52.94%
  Rudy W. Grant BLP 2,244 47.06%
Christ Church East   REGINALD R. FARLEY winner BLP 2,510 53.43%
  Denis S. Lowe DLP 2,188 46.57%
St. Philip North   MICHAEL A. LASHLEY winner DLP 2,809 56.52%
  Rudolph N. Greenidge BLP 2,161 43.48%
St. Philip South   ANTHONY P. WOOD winner BLP 2,989 57.37%
  Neval Greenidge DLP 2,221 42.63%
St Philip West   DAVID C. ESTWICK winner DLP 2,714 54.57%
  Lynette V. Eastmond BLP 2,259 45.43%
St. George North   GLINE A. CLARKE winner BLP 3,398 60.07%
  Desmond A. Browne DLP 1,447 29.87%
St. George South   LOUIS R. TULL winner BLP 2,653 56.52%
  Douglas L.M. Hoyte DLP 2,041 43.48%
St. John   DAVID J.H. THOMPSON winner DLP 3,703 79.50%
  Errol C. Crawford BLP 955 20.50%
St. Joseph   DALE D. MARSHALL winner BLP 2,290 50.87%
  Randall DaC. Rouse DLP 2,212 49.13%
St. Thomas   CYNTHIA Y. FORDE winner BLP 3,523 76.16%
  Patsie M. Nurse DLP 1,103 23.84%
St. James North   RAWLE C. EASTMOND winner BLP 2,458 64.57%
  Leonard A.B. Husbands DLP 1,349 35.43%
St. James South   HENRIETTA E. THOMPSON winner BLP 2,873 60.71%
  Franklyn DaC. Stephenson DLP 1,859 39.29%
St James Central   KERRIE D.SIMMONS winner BLP 2,061 52.86%
  Edwin G. Hutson DLP 1,838 47.14%
St. Peter   OWEN S. ARTHUR winner BLP 3,788 81.13%
  Nigel O. Harper DLP 881 18.87%
St. Andrew   GEORGE W.PAYNE winner BLP 2,852 66.11%
  Daniel N. Jordan DLP 1,462 33.89%
St. Lucy   DENIS St. E. KELLMAN winner DLP 3,198 57.85%
  Richard D. Arthur BLP 2,330 42.15%
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered BLP DLP IND Total Valid Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
City of Bridgetown 6,578 1,973 1,561 101 3,635 24 3,659 55.62%
St. Michael South 6,691 1,937 1,821 - 3,758 30 3,788 56.61%
St. Michael East 7,173 2,417 1,819 - 4,236 30 4,266 59.47%
St. Michael South Central 6,695 1,934 2,108 - 4,042 40 4,082 60.97%
St. Michael Central 6,599 2,062 1,936 - 3,998 32 4,030 61.07%
St. Michael South East 7,423 3,416 1,116 40 4,572 24 4,596 61.92%
St. Michael North East 7,378 3,724 938 - 4,662 39 4,701 63.72%
St. Michael North 7,464 2,634 1,809 - 4,443 23 4,466 59.83%
St. Michael North West 6,668 1,775 2,450 - 4,225 26 4,251 63.75%
St. Michael West 6,797 2,046 1,869 - 3,915 36 3,951 58.13%
St. Michael West Central 7,231 2,679 1,707 - 4,386 38 4,424 61.18%
Christ Church West 7,509 2,622 1,438 - 4,060 16 4,076 54.28%
Christ Church West Central 7,794 2,361 1,970 - 4,331 27 4,358 55.91%
Christ Church South 7,693 2,177 2,118 - 4,295 15 4,310 56.02%
Christ Church East Central 7,640 2,244 2,524 - 4,768 19 4,787 62.66%
Christ Church East  7,387 2,510 2,188 - 4,698 33 4,731 64.04%
St. Philip North 7,704 2,161 2,809 - 4,970 24 4,994 64.82%
St. Philip South 8,270 2,989 2,221 - 5,210 28 5,238 63.34%
St. Philip West 7,533 2,259 2,714 - 4,973 39 5,012 66.53%
St. George North 7,625 3,398 1,447 - 4,845 34 4,879 63.99%
St. George South 7,856 2,653 2,041 - 4,694 38 4,732 60.23%
St. John 7,733 956 3,703 - 4,659 34 4,693 60.69%
St. Joseph 6,988 2,290 2,212 - 4,502 30 4,532 64.85%
St. Thomas 7,895 3,523 1,103 - 4,626 24 4,650 58.90%
St. James North 6,557 2,458 1,349 - 3,807 19 3,826 58.35%
St. James South 7,754 2,873 1,859 - 4,732 18 4,750 61.26%
St. James Central 6,901 2,061 1,838 - 3,899 21 3,920 56.80%
St. Peter 7,424 3,788 881 - 4,669 41 4,710 63.44%
St. Andrew 7,205 2,852 1,462 - 4,314 39 4,353 60.42%
St. Lucy 7,928 2,330 3,198 - 5,528 20 5,548 69.98%
Total 220,093 75,102 58,209 141 133,452 861 134,313 61.03%
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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