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General Election Results - 9 February 1989
Parliament Building, Bermuda

General elections were held in Bermuda on 9 February 1989 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 90 candidates from three parties contested the election, with the United Bermuda Party (UBP) presenting 39 candidates; the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) presenting 30 candidates; and the National Liberal Party (NLP) presenting 15 candidates. There was also one independent candidate.

Results

The result was a victory for Premier John Swan and his governing United Bermuda Party (UBP) winning their third general election in six years on Thursday but losing ground to the opposition party. Having gone into the election with 31 of the 40 seats in the House of Assembly, the UBP emerged with 23 seats. Almost all the lost seats went to the Progressive Labour Party (PLP), led by Frederick Wade - now with 15 seats. The National Liberal Party (NLP) won one seat; and the lone independent candidate was successful in the election.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 74.32%

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 20 double-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Ballots Cast 23,160
Registered Voters 31,162
Voter Turnout 74.32%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Thu, 19 Jan 1989
Polling Day Thu, 9 Feb 1989
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Frederick WADE
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
30 candidates
15 seats
15,548 votes (36.7%)
UBP
39 candidates
23 seats
21,174
votes (50.0%)
NLP
National Liberal Party
15 candidates
1 seat
4,166 votes
(9.8%)
OTHERS
Independent Candidates
1
candidate
1 seat
1,464 votes
(3.5%)
SEATS 21 seats for a majority
PLP 15 seats (+8)
N I
23 seats (-8) UBP
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Progressive Labour Party PLP 15,548 36.71% +6.17% 30 15 +8
  United Bermuda Party Winner UBP 21,174 50.00% -12.51% 39 23 -8
  National Liberal Party NLP 4,166 9.84% +2.89% 15 1 -1
  Independent Candidates IND 1,464 3.46% +3.46% 6 1 +1
  Total   42,352 100% 0% 90 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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