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General Election Results - 9 November 1998
Parliament Building, Bermuda

General elections were held in Bermuda on 9 November 1998 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.

The election marked the last time voters would go to the polls under the double-member constituency system.

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 82 candidates from three parties contested the election, with the United Bermuda Party (UBP) presenting a full slate of 40 candidates; the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) presenting 36 candidates; and the National Liberal Party (NLP) presenting three candidates. There were also three independent candidates.

Results

The result was a victory for the opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP) led by Jennifer Smith, which won 26 of the 40 seats in the House of Assembly. The United Bermuda Party (UBP). led by Pamela Gordon, won the remaining 14 seats.

This was the first General Election won by the PLP since the party was formed almost 35 years before and ended 30 years of UBP rule.

Ms. Smith became the first woman to be elected Premier, as well as the first PLP Premier.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 82.76%

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 20 double-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Ballots Cast 29,378
Registered Voters 35,499
Voter Turnout 82.76%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Polling Day Mon, 9 Nov 1998
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Jennifer SMITH
Progressive Labour Party (PLP)
  Photo Pamela GORDON
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
36 candidates
26 seats
30,623 votes
(54.8%)
UBP
40 candidates
14 seats
24,906 votes
(44.6%)
OTHERS
Minor
Parties & Independent Candidates
6 candidates
0 seats
358 votes
(0.6%)
SEATS 21 seats for a majority
PLP 26 seats (+8)
14 seats (-8) UBP
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SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Progressive Labour Party Winner PLP 30.623 54.79% +8.95% 36 26 +8
  United Bermuda Party UBP 24,906 44.56% -5.94% 40 14 -8
  National Liberal Party NLP 211 0.38% -2.49% 3 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 147 0.26% -0.52% 3 0 -
  Total   55,887 100% 0% 82 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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