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General Election Results - 29 October 1985
Parliament Building, Bermuda

General elections were held in Bermuda on 29 October 1985 for all 40 seats in the House of Assembly using a first-past-the-post system. Each constituency returned two members to the House of Assembly.

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 77 candidates from two parties contested the election, with the United Bermuda Party (UBP) presenting a full slate of 40 candidates and the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) presenting 29 candidates. There were also eight independent candidates.

Results

The result was a victory for the United Bermuda Party (UBP) of Prime Minister John Swan, which won 31 of the 40 seats in  the House of Assembly. Swan's party picked up five House of Assembly seats in the election Tuesday, while the opposition Progressive Labor Party (PLP), led by Lois Browne-Evans, lost three, leaving it with only seven.The National Liberal Party (NLP), a splinter group of the main opposition party won the remaining two seats.

The opposition had criticized Swan for calling a snap election, the third vote in five years, when his opponents were divided. But Mr. Swan defended the move, saying the addition of a third party made the election necessary. His majority is the largest since 1968.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 66.21%

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 20 double-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Ballots Cast 19,427
Registered Voters 29,340
Voter Turnout 66.21%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Polling Day 29 Oct 1985
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Lois BROWNE-EVANS
Progressive Labour Party (PLP)
  Photo John SWAN
United Bermuda Party (UBP)
  Photo Gilbert DARRELL
National Liberal Party (NLP)
RELATED RESOURCES
Bermuda Constitution Order (1968) Download report
Parliamentary Election Act (1978) Download report
Parliamentary Election Rules (1979) Download report
BY THE NUMBERS
PLP
29 candidates
7 seats
10,930 votes
(30.5%)
UBP
40 candidates
31 seats
22,368 votes
(62.5%)
NLP
National Liberal Party
8 candidates
2 seats
2,486 votes
(7.0%)
SEATS 21 seats for a majority
PLP 7 seats (-7)
N | 2
3 seats (-5) UBP
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Progressive Labour Party PLP 10,930 30.54% -12.86% 29 7 -7
  United Bermuda Party Winner UBP 22,368 62.51% +5.91% 40 31 +5
  National Liberal Party NLP 2,486 6.95% +6.95% 8 2 +2
  Total   35,784 100% 0% 77 40 -
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Key
OBA = One Bermuda Alliance; PLP = Progressive Labour Party; IND = Inpendent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
Bermuda Parliamentary Registry Office
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