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General Election Results - 15 January 2008
Parliament Building, Bridgetown, Barbados

On 20 December 2007, Prime Minister Owen Arthur called early elections to the House of Assembly for 15 January 2008, eight months ahead of the constitutional due date. Elections were held for all 30 seats in the House of Assembly using a first-past-the-post system.

Since independence in November 1966, the country's politics have been dominated by two parties: the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).  In the previous elections held in May 2003, the BLP took 23 of the 30 seats at stake, while the remainder went to the DLP led by Clyde Mascoll.  Arthur, who had been Prime Minister since 1994, was subsequently sworn in for his third term in office. 

In January 2006, Mascoll resigned as DLP leader following a row over the party's leadership.  He subsequently joined the BLP and later became Junior Finance Minister.  A no-confidence motion against Mr. Mascoll was blocked on 4 December 2007, and the DLP boycotted parliamentary sessions until the House of Assembly was dissolved on 20 December. 

On 26 November, Deputy Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, announced that a referendum on whether to retain the British Monarch as on the country's Head of State would be held jointly with the parliamentary elections.  The introduction of a republic, replacing the current commonwealth system, has been a long-standing promise in the BLP manifesto.  However, on 2 December, Mottley announced that the government had decided to postpone the referendum due to a number of unspecified concerns. 

Although two other parties - the Peoples Empowerment Party (PEP) and the People's Democratic Congress (PDC) - were also in the race, opinion polls showed the 2008 elections would be a duel between the BLP and the DLP, led by David Thompson. 

The DLP had launched its election manifesto as early as June 2007, and appealed particularly to young voters.  It argued that, after 14 years of BLP government, it was "Time for a Change". 

The BLP manifesto included various tax cuts, increased state allowances to the poor and measures to increase home ownership, as well as a health and wellness allowance of 5,000 Barbadian dollars (US$ 2,500) per person.  Prime Minister Arthur pledged to bring the country to "full developed status" by 2025.  The Prime Minister accused Taiwan of financing the DLP campaign, an accusation strongly denied by the DLP leader Thompson. 

On Election Day, 63.25% of the country's 235,510 registered voters turned out at the polls. 

The final results gave 20 seats to the DLP, including five first-time members.  The BLP took only ten seats, losing 13, and nine ministers and junior ministers from the outgoing government were not re-elected.  Three women were elected. 

On 16 January 2008, Thompson was sworn in as the country's new Prime Minister.  On 19 January 2008, he named an 18-member cabinet, which was sworn in on 20 January.

On 12 February, the newly-elected House of Assembly held its opening session and elected Michael Carrington (DLP) as its new Speaker.
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ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 30 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 147,400
Invalid Votes 1,071
Total Votes Cast 148,471
Registered Voters 235,510
Voter Turnout 63.04%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Thu, 20 Dec 2007
Nomination Day Mon, 31 Dec 2007
Polling Day Tue, 15 Jan 2008
First Meeting of Parliament Tue, 12 Feb 2008 Download 2008 Throne Speech
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Owen ARTHUR
Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
  Photo David THOMPSON
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
  Photo Mark ADAMSON
People's Democratic Congress (PDC)
  Photo David COMMISSIONG
People's Empowerment Party (PEP)
BY THE NUMBERS
BLP
30 candidates
10 seats
69,720 votes
(47.1%)
DLP
30 candidates
20 seats
77,680 votes
(52.5%)
OTHERS
Minor
Parties & Independent Candidates
9 candidates
0 seats
486 votes
(0.4%)
SEATS 16 seats for a majority
BLP 10 seats (-13)
20 seats (+13) DLP
PARTY MANIFESTOS View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
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SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Barbados Labour Party BLP 69,720 47.14% -8.46% 30 10 -13
  Democratic Labour Party Winner DLP 77,680 52.53% +8.25% 30 20 +13
  People's Empowerment Party PEP 235 0.16% +0.16% 4 0 -
  People's Democratic Congress PDC 46 0.03% +0.03% 2 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 205 0.14% +0.02% 3 0 -
  Total Valid Votes   147,886 100% 0% 69 30 -
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ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
Constituency   Representative Party
City of Bridgetown   TODD, Patrick M.T  Democratic Labour Party
St. Michael South   STUART, Freundel Jerome Democratic Labour Party
St. Michael East   BEST, Kenneth S. Democratic Labour Party
St. Michael South Central   SEALY, Richard L. Democratic Labour Party
St. Michael Central   BLACKETT, Steven D. Democratic Labour Party
St. Michael South East   LASHLEY, Hamilton F. Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael North East   MOTTLEY, Mia A. Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael North   TOPPIN, Ronald St. C Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael North West   SINCKLER, Christopher P. Democratic Labour Party
St. Michael West   CARRINGTON, Michael A. Democratic Labour Party
St. Michael West Central   PAUL, James D. Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church West   DUGUID, William Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church West Central   LASHLEY, Stephen A. Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church South   BOYCE, John D.E. Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church East Central   JONES, Ronald D. Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church East    LOWE, Denis S. Democratic Labour Party
St. Philip North   LASHLEY, Michael A. Democratic Labour Party
St. Philip South   BRATHWAITE, Adriel D. Democratic Labour Party
St. Philip West   ESTWICK, David C. Democratic Labour Party
St. George North   CLARKE, Gline A. Barbados Labour Party
St. George South   BYER SUCKOO, Esther R. Democratic 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   INNISS, Donville O. Democratic Labour Party
St. James Central   HUTSON, E. George Democratic 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   PATRICK M.T. TODD winner DLP 2,239 55.20%
  Jeffrey D. Bostic BLP 1,817 44.80%
St. Michael South   FREUNDEL J. STUART winner DLP 2,435 59.98%
  Noel A. Lynch BLP 1,625 40.02%
St. Michael East   KENNETH S. BEST winner DLP 2,639 56.16%
  Trevor A. Prescod BLP 2,060 43.84%
St. Michael South Central   RICHARD L. SEALY winner DLP 2,308 54.29%
  David T. Gill BLP 1,943 45.71%
St. Michael Central   STEVEN D. BLACKETT winner DLP 2,289 54.01%
  Rudy W. Grant  BLP 1,880 44.36%
  David A. Comissiong PEP 69 1.63%
St. Michael South East   HAMILTON F. LASHLEY winner BLP 2,426 51.65%
  Undene P. Whittaker DLP 2,271 48.35%
St. Michael North East   MIA A. MOTTLEY winner BLP 3,320 66.60%
  Patricia I. Inniss DLP 1,665 33.40%
St. Michael North   RONALD ST.C TOPPIN winner BLP 2,494 50.84%
  Francis G. Depeiza  DLP 2,374 48.39%
  Mark A. Adamson  PDC 38 0.77%
St. Michael North West   CHRISTOPHER P. SINCKLER winner DLP 2,330 53.84%
  Clyde A. Mascoll BLP 1,990 45.98%
  Akil Umi PDC 8 0.18%
St. Michael West   MICHAEL A. CARRINGTON winner DLP 2,305 52.90%
  Joseph J.S. Atherley BLP 1,989 45.65%
  Mildred Rosita M. Broome PEP 63 1.45%
St. Michael West Central   JAMES D. PAUL winner DLP 2,167 49.31%
  Rommell D. Marshall BLP 2,142 48.74%
  Robert L. M. Clarke PEP 86 1.96%
Christ Church West   WILLIAM F. DUGUID winner BLP 2,510 57.45%
  Taan Abed DLP 1,859 42.55%
Christ Church West Central   STEPHEN A. LASHLEY winner DLP 3,085 59.53%
  Joseph M. Edgill BLP 2,097 40.47%
Christ Church South   JOHN D.E. BOYCE winner DLP 2,591 54.85%
  Jerome X. Walcott BLP 2,133 45.15%
Christ Church East Central   RONALD D. JONES winner DLP 3,182 58.76%
  Dalton T. Lovell  BLP 2,233 41.24%
Christ Church East   DENIS S. LOWE winner DLP 3,135 58.06%
  Reginald R. Farley BLP 2,184 40.44%
  Ricardo O. Gibson IND 64 1.19%
  Rodney F. Nurse PEP 17 0.31%
St. Philip North   MICHAEL A. LASHLEY winner DLP 3,720 67.93%
  George S. Griffith  BLP 1,756 32.07%
St. Philip South   ADRIEL D. BRATHWAITE winner DLP 3,175 51.67%
  Anthony P. Wood BLP 2,890 47.03%
  Douglas P. Trotman IND 80 1.30%
St. Philip West   DAVID C. ESTWICK winner DLP 3,166 57.99%
  Lynette V. Eastmond BLP 2,294 42.01%
St. George North   GLINE A. CLARKE winner BLP 3,309 69.58%
  Colin McD. Spencer DLP 1,447 30.42%
St. George South   ESTHER R. BYER SUCKOO winner DLP 3,446 57.87%
  Ian S. Gill  BLP 2,509 42.13%
St. John    DAVID J.H. THOMPSON winner DLP 4,300 83.84%
  Tyronne O. Power  BLP 829 16.16%
St. Joseph    DALE D. MARSHALL winner BLP 2,531 50.44%
  Randal DaC. Rouse DLP 2,487 49.56%
St. Thomas    CYNTHIA Y. FORDE winner BLP 3,490 63.63%
  Haldene T. Dottin DLP 1,995 36.37%
St. James North   RAWLE C. EASTMOND winner BLP 2,177 52.70%
  Leonard Austin B. Husbands DLP 1,954 47.30%
St. James South   DONVILLE O. INNISS winner DLP 2,881 52.85%
  Henrietta Elizabeth Thompson BLP 2,570 47.15%
St. James Central   EDWIN GEORGE HUTSON winner DLP 2,378 52.52%
  Kerrie D. Symmonds BLP 2,150 47.48%
St. Peter   OWEN S. ARTHUR winner BLP 3,667 67.26%
  Heynesley Benn DLP 1,785 32.74%
St. Andrew    GEORGE W. PAYNE winner BLP 2,632 50.41%
  V. Irene Sandiford-Garner DLP 2,589 49.59%
St. Lucy    DENIS ST. E. KELLMAN winner DLP 3,484 62.70%
  Peter R. Phillips  BLP 2,073 37.30%
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered BLP DLP PEP PDC IND Total Valid Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
City of Bridgetown 6,800 1,817 2,239 - - - 4,056 - 4,056 59.65%
St. Michael South 6,864 1,625 2,435 - - - 4,060 - 4,060 59.15%
St. Michael East 7,689 2,060 2,639 - - - 4,699 - 4,699 61.11%
St. Michael South Central 6,861 1,943 2,308 - - - 4,251 - 4,251 61.96%
St. Michael Central 6,729 1,880 2,289 69 - - 4,169 - 4,169 61.96%
St. Michael South East 7,855 2,426 2,271 - - - 4,697 - 4,697 59.80%
St. Michael North East 7,834 3,320 1,665 - - - 4,985 - 4,985 63.63%
St. Michael North 7,984 2,494 2,374 - 38 - 4,868 - 4,868 60.97%
St. Michael North West 6,877 1,990 2,330 - 8 - 4,320 - 4,320 62.82%
St. Michael West 7,101 1,989 2,305 63 - - 4,294 - 4,294 60.47%
St. Michael West Central 7,436 2,142 2,167 86 - - 4,309 - 4,309 57.95%
Christ Church West 7,980 2,510 1,859 - - - 4,369 - 4,369 54.75%
Christ Church West Central 8,340 2,097 3,085 - - - 5,182 - 5,182 62.13%
Christ Church South 8,082 2,133 2,591 - - - 4,724 - 4,724 58.45%
Christ Church East Central 8,372 2,233 3,182 - - 61 5,415 - 5,415 64.68%
Christ Church East 8,118 2,184 3,135 17 - 64 5,319 - 5,319 65.52%
St. Philip North 8,540 1,756 3,720 - - - 5,476 - 5,476 64.12%
St. Philip South 9,579 2,890 3,175 - - 80 6,065 - 6,065 63.32%
St. Philip West 8,059 2,294 3,165 - - - 5,459 - 5,459 67.74%
St. George North 8,542 3,309 1,447 - - - 4,756 - 4,756 55.68%
St. George South 8,675 2,509 3,446 - - - 5,955 - 5,955 68.65%
St. John 8,100 829 4,300 - - - 5,129 - 5,129 63.32%
St. Joseph 7,358 2,531 2,487 - - - 5,018 - 5,018 68.20%
St. Thomas 8,686 3,490 1,995 - - - 5,485 - 5,485 63.15%
St. James North 6,971 2,177 1,954 - - - 4,131 - 4,131 59.26%
St. James South 8,512 2,570 2,881 - - - 5,451 - 5,451 64.04%
St. James Central 7,415 2,150 2,378 - - - 4,528 - 4,528 61.07%
St. Peter 7,934 3,667 1,785 - - - 5,452 - 5,452 68.72%
St. Andrew 7,759 2,632 2,589 - - - 5,221 - 5,221 67.29%
St. Lucy 8,458 2,073 3,484 - - - 5,557 - 5,557 65.70%
Total 235,510 69,720 77,680 235 46 205 147,400 1,071 147,400 62.59%
Key
BLP = Barbados Labour Party DLP = Democratic Labour Party NDP = National Democratic Party
PDC = People's Democratic Congress PEP = People's Empowerment Party PPA = People's Political Alliance
WPB = Workers Party of Barbados IND = Independent Candidates *incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
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