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General Election Results - 16 May 1963
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General elections were held in Bermuda on 16 May 1963 for all 36 seats in the House of Assembly using a first-past-the-post system. Each constituency returned two members to the House of Assembly.

The Parliamentary Election Act was passed, giving every adult twenty-five years and over the right to vote. The Watlington Amendment was also passed, giving landowners who possessed rateable property anywhere in Bermuda a second or “plus” vote in the constituencies in which they lived. Parishes were retained as electoral districts, but were now each divided into two constituencies – i.e. 18 in total, each of which returned two Members to the House of Assembly.

Results

They were the first elections to include political parties as the newly established Progressive Labour Party (PLP) put forward nine candidates, of which six were elected. A total of 57 independent candidates also contested the election, with 30 being elected.

The new Parliamentary Election Act introduced universal suffrage, as previously non-property owners had been disenfranchised. However, powerful white businessmen, who were the dominant force in Parliament at the time, had also passed the Watlington Amendment, which gave landowners with rateable property in the territory a second vote in their home constituency, as well as increasing the age of voting from 21 to 25. Of the 14,896 registered voters, 8,207 could cast only a single vote and 6,689 were eligible to cast a second vote.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 78.15%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 18 double-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Ballots Cast 31,298
Registered Voters 14,896
Voter Turnout 78.15%
   
CRITICAL DATES
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Arnold FRANCIS
Progressive Labour Party (PLP)
BY THE NUMBERS
PLP
9 candidates
6 seats
5,827 votes
(18.6%)
OTHERS
Independent Candidates
57 candidates
30 seats
25,471 votes
(681.4%)
SEATS 19 seats for a majority
PLP 6 seats
30 seats IND
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes
  Progressive Labour Party PLP 5,827 18.62% 9 6
  Independent Candidates Winner IND 25,47 81.38% 57 30
  Total   31,298 100% 66 36
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Key
OBA = One Bermuda Alliance; PLP = Progressive Labour Party; IND = Inpendent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
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