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General Election Results - 21 February 2013
Parliament Building, Bridgetown, Barbados

General elections were held in Barbados on 21 February 2013. Elections were held for all 30 seats in the House of Assembly using a first-past-the-post system.

These were the first post-independence elections where the election date was announced five years after the last general election. According to the Constitution of Barbados, elections must take place no longer than every five years from the first sitting of Parliament. The last general election was held on 15 January 2008, while the first sitting of the Parliament was held on 12 February 2008.

Sixty-eight candidates, including eight independents, contested the election.  Both the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and Barbados Labour Party (BLP) contested all 30 seats in the Barbados Parliament. Minor parties and independents presented a further eight candidates. The field included 12 female candidates (BLP – 7, DLP – 5) and 22 newcomers (BLP – 11, DLP – 5, Others – 6). Almost 250 000 people – an increase of about 12 000 since the 2008 election – were eligible to vote,

During the election campaign, the DLP pledged to establish a Barbados that is "socially balanced, economically viable, environmentally sound and characterized by good governance". The BLP promised to lower VAT on electricity and food from 17.5% to 15% so as to reduce the cost of living.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart's Democratic Labour Party (DLP) retained office with a 2-seat majority (16:14), defeating the Barbados Labour Party (BLP). The win gave Prime Minister Freundel Stuart his first full term in office, after taking over as Prime Minister in 2010 following the death of former Prime Minister David Thompson.

The DLP secured approximately 51.3% of the valid vote compared to 48.2% for the BLP.  Independents and candidates from minor parties gained only 0.5% of the votes. Voter turnout was 62.02%.

The results were in stark contrast to the opinion polls that had predicted that the BLP, led by 63-year-old former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, would have won as many as 20 seats, while the DLP would have gained 13 seats at most.

On 22 February 2013, Governor-General, Sir Elliott Belgrave, swore Stuart into the office.

BLP leader Owen Arthur, conceding defeat, resigned after the elections and was succeeded by Ms. Mia Mottley. Arthur later resigned from the BLP, but continued to sit in Parliament as an independent. In November 2015, Maria Agard was expelled from the BLP. Like Arthur, she continued to sit in Parliament as an independent.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
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ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 30 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 153,702
Invalid Votes 741
Total Votes Cast 154,443
Registered Voters 249,024
Voter Turnout 62.02%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Tue, 29 Jan 2013
Nomination Day Wed, 6 Feb 2013
Polling Day Thu, 21 Feb 2013
First Meeting of Parliament Wed, 6 Mar 2013 Download 2008 Throne Speech
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Owen ARTHUR
Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
  Photo Freundel STUART
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
  Photo Mark ADAMSON
People's Democratic Congress (PDC)
BY THE NUMBERS
BLP
30 candidates
14 seats
74,121 votes
(48.2%)
DLP
30 candidates
16 seats
78,851 votes
(51.3%)
OTHERS
Minor
Parties & Independent Candidates
8 candidates
0 seats
730 votes
(0.5%)
SEATS 16 seats for a majority
BLP 14 seats (+4)
16 seats (-4) 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 74,121 48.22% +1.08% 30 14 +4
  Democratic Labour Party Winner DLP 78,851 51.30% -1.23% 30 16 -4
  People's Democratic Congress PDC 89 0.06% +0.03% 2 - -
  Bajan Free Party BFP 50 0.03% +0.03% 1 - -
  Kingdom Government of Barbados KGB 39 0.03% +0.03% 1 - -
  Independent Candidates IND 552 0.36% +0.22% 4 - -
  Total Valid Votes   153,702 100% 0% 68 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   BOSTIC, Jeffrey D. Barbados Labour Party
St. Michael South   STUART, Freundel J. Democratic Labour Party
St. Michael East   PRESCOD, Trevor A. Barbados 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   BRADSHAW, Santia J.O. 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   AGARD, Maria M. 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   SUTHERLAND, Dwight G. Barbados Labour Party
St. John   THOMPSON, Marie J.M. Democratic Labour Party
St. Joseph   MARSHALL, Dale D. Barbados Labour Party
St. Thomas   FORDE, Cynthia Y. Barbados Labour Party
St. James North   HINKSON, Edmund G. Barbados Labour Party
St. James South   INNISS, Donville O. Democratic Labour Party
St. James Central   SYMMONDS, Kerry D. 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   JEFFREY D. BOSTIC winner BLP 2,012 51.59%
  Patrick M.T. Todd DLP 1,888 48.41%
St. Michael South   FREUNDEL J. STUART winner DLP 2,705 64.19%
  Noel A. Lynch BLP 1,459 34.62%
  Alex Mitchell BFP 50 1.19%
St. Michael East   TREVOR A. PRESCOD winner BLP 2,452 51.24%
  Kenneth St.C. Best DLP 2,333 48.76%
St. Michael South Central   RICHARD L. SEALY winner DLP 2,231 53.14%
  David T. Gill BLP 1,967 46.86%
St. Michael Central   STEVEN D. BLACKETT winner DLP 2,117 50.46%
  Arthur E. Holder BLP 2,078 49.54%
St. Michael South East   Santia O. BRADSHAW winner BLP 2,402 50.10%
  Patrick B. Tannis DLP 2,392 49.90%
St. Michael North East   MIA AMOR MOTTLEY winner BLP 3,495 68.91%
  Patricia I. Inniss DLP 1,577 31.09%
St. Michael North   RONALD ST.C TOPPIN winner BLP 2,506 51.50%
  Francis G. Depeiza  DLP 2,322 47.72%
  Mark A. Adamson  PDC 38 0.78%
St. Michael North West   CHRISTOPHER P. SINCKLER winner DLP 2,650 63.35%
  Gregory P.B. Nicholls BLP 1,533 36.65%
St. Michael West   MICHAEL A. CARRINGTON winner DLP 2,220 51.45%
  Joseph J.S. Atherley BLP 2,095 48.55%
St. Michael West Central   JAMES D. PAUL winner DLP 2,239 50.99%
  George P.I. Gooding-Edghill BLP 2,046 46.60%
  Hermon O. Lowe IND 38 0.87%
  John R. Warde IND 68 1.55%
Christ Church West   MARIA M. AGARD winner BLP 2,340 51.75%
  Verla A.G. DePeiza DLP 1,808 39.98%
  Taan Abed IND 374 8.27%
Christ Church West Central   STEPHEN A. LASHLEY winner DLP 2,940 58.19%
  Margo A. Durant-Callender BLP 2,112 41.81%
Christ Church South   JOHN D.E. BOYCE winner DLP 2,663 55.90%
  Jerome X. Walcott BLP 2,062 43.28%
  Steve N. Hunte KGB 39 0.82%
Christ Church East Central   RONALD D. JONES winner DLP 3,259 59.01%
  Desmond D.M. Sands BLP 2,264 40.99%
Christ Church East   DENIS S. LOWE DLP 3,255 56.69%
  Wilfred A. Abrahams BLP 2,487 43.31%
St. Philip North   MICHAEL A. LASHLEY winner DLP 4,053 67.25%
  Indar A. Weir BLP 1,974 32.75%
St. Philip South   ADRIEL D. BRATHWAITE winner DLP 3,514 53.02%
  Anthony P. Wood BLP 3,114 46.98%
St. Philip West   DAVID C. ESTWICK winner DLP 3,720 61.64%
  Lynette V. Eastmond BLP 2,315 38.36%
St. George North   GLINE A. CLARKE winner BLP 3,508 59.47%
  Jepter Ince DLP 2,391 40.53%
St. George South   DWIGHT. G. SUTHERLAND winner BLP 3,642 55.12%
  Esther R. Byer-Suckoo DLP 2,965 44.88%
St. John    MARIE J.M. THOMPSON winner DLP 4,025 78.67%
  Hudson E. Griffith BLP 1,091 21.33%
St. Joseph    DALE D. MARSHALL winner BLP 2,715 53.46%
  Dennis D. Holder DLP 2,364 46.54%
St. Thomas    CYNTHIA Y. FORDE winner BLP 3,660 65.60%
  Rolerick M. Hinds DLP 1,919 34.40%
St. James North   EDMUND G. HINKSON winner BLP 2,558 54.63%
  Harcourt A. Husbands DLP 2,124 45.37%
St. James South   DONVILLE O. INNISS winner DLP 3,326 56.55%
  Cheryl S. Husbands BLP 2,556 43.45%
St. James Central   KERRIE D. SYMMONDS winner BLP 2,315 50.18%
  Edwin G. Hudson DLP 2,247 48.71%
  Eric R. Marshall PDC 51 1.11%
St. Peter   OWEN S. ARTHUR winner BLP 3,665 64.08%
  Haynesley L. Benn DLP 1,982 34.66%
  Lynroy Scantlebury IND 72 1.26%
St. Andrew    GEORGE W. PAYNE winner BLP 2,968 52.64%
  V. Irene Sandiford-Garner DLP 2,670 47.36%
St. Lucy    DENIS ST. E. KELLMAN winner DLP 3,152 53.59%
  Peter R. Phillips  BLP 2,730 46.41%
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered BLP DLP PDC BFP KGB IND Total Valid Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
City of Bridgetown 6,942 2,012 1,888 - - - - 3,900 25 3,925 56.54%
St. Michael South 7,042 1,459 2,705 - 50 - - 4,214 14 4,228 60.04%
St. Michael East 7,971 2,452 2,333 - - - - 4,785 11 4,796 60.17%
St. Michael South Central 6,975 1,967 2,231 - - - - 4,198 24 4,222 60.53%
St. Michael Central 6,803 2,078 2,117 - - - - 4,195 22 4,217 61.99%
St. Michael South East 8,327 2,402 2,392 - - - - 4,794 23 4,817 57.85%
St. Michael North East 8,087 3,495 1,577 - - - - 5,072 27 5,099 63.05%
St. Michael North 8,322 2,506 2,322 38 - - - 4,866 16 4,882 58.66%
St. Michael North West 6,942 1,533 2,450 - - - - 3,983 24 4,007 57.72%
St. Michael West 7,236 2,095 2,220 - - - - 4,315 32 4,347 60.07%
St. Michael West Central 7,697 2,046 2,239 - - - 106 4,391 33 4,424 57.48%
Christ Church West 8,219 2,340 1,808 - - - 374 4,522 25 4,547 55.32%
Christ Church West Central 8,665 2,112 2,940 - - - - 5,052 26 5,078 58.60%
Christ Church South 8,456 2,062 2,663 - - 39 - 4,764 18 4,782 56.55%
Christ Church East Central 8,837 2,264 3,259 - - - - 5,523 21 5,544 62.74%
Christ Church East  8,920 2,487 3,255 - - - - 5,742 31 5,773 64.72%
St. Philip North 9,655 1,974 4,053 - - - - 6,027 26 6,053 62.69%
St. Philip South 10,682 3,114 3,514 - - - - 6,628 37 6,665 62.39%
St. Philip West 8,994 2,315 3,720 - - - - 6,035 36 6,071 67.50%
St. George North 9,041 3,508 2,391 - - - - 5,899 21 5,920 65.48%
St. George South 9,641 3,642 2,965 - - - - 6,607 22 6,629 68.76%
St. John 8,428 1,091 4,025 - - - - 5,116 27 5,143 61.02%
St. Joseph 7,593 2,715 2,364 - - - - 5,079 24 5,103 67.21%
St. Thomas 9,361 3,660 1,919 - - - - 5,579 24 5,603 59.85%
St. James North 7,455 2,558 2,124 - - - - 4,682 28 4,710 63.18%
St. James South 9,346 2,556 3,326 - - - - 5,882 28 5,910 63.24%
St. James Central 7,815 2,315 2,247 51 - - - 4,613 15 4,628 59.22%
St. Peter 8,478 3,665 1,982 - - - 72 5,719 34 5,753 67.86%
St. Andrew 8,280 2,968 2,670 - - - - 5,638 34 5,672 68.50%
St. Lucy 8,814 2,730 3,152 - - - - 5,882 13 5,895 66.88%
Total 249,024 74,121 78,851 89 50 39 552 153,702 741 154,443 62.02%
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
Barbados Electoral and Boundaries Commission
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