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General Election Results - 24 July 2003
Parliament Building, Bermuda

General elections were held in Bermuda on 24 July 2003 for all 36 seats in the House of Assembly using a first-past-the-post system.

The 2003 election was the first under a new voting system with single-seat constituencies. The number of seats was also reduced from 40 to 36. 

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 75 candidates from four parties contested the election, with the United Bermuda Party (UBP) and the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) each presenting a full slate of 36 candidate; and the National Liberal Party (NLP) and Gombey Liberation Party each presenting one candidate. There was also one independent candidate.

Results

The result was a victory for the Jennifer Smith led Progressive Labour Party (PLP), which won 22 of the 36 seats in the House of Assembly. The United Bermuda Party (UBP), led by Grant Gibbons, won the remaining 14 seats.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 74.87%

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
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ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 36 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 29,442
Invalid Votes 51
Total Votes Cast 29,493
Registered Voters 39,394
Voter Turnout 74.87%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Nomination Day Tue, 8 Jul 2003
Polling Day Thu, 24 Jul 2003
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Jennifer SMITH
Progressive Labour Party (PLP)
  Photo Grant GIBBONS
United Bermuda Party (UBP)
  Photo Gilbert DARRELL
National Liberal Party (NLP)
  Photo Gavin SMITH
Gomley Liberation Party (GLP)
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
22 seats
14,868 votes
(50.5%)
UBP
36 candidates
14 seats
14,466 votes
(49.1%)
OTHERS
Minor
Parties & Independent Candidates
3 candidates
0 seats
108 votes
(0.4%)
SEATS 19 seats for a majority
PLP 22 seats (-4)
14 seats (-) UBP
PARTY PLATFORMS View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
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SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Progressive Labour Party Winner PLP 14,868 50.50% -4.30% 36 22 -4
  United Bermuda Party UBP 14,466 49.13% +4.57% 36 14 -
  National Liberal Party NLP 41 0.14% -0.24% 1 0 -
  Gombey Liberation Party GLP 16 0.05% +0.05% 1 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 51 0.17% -0.09% 1 0 -
  Total   29,442 100% 0% 75 36 -4
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Constituency Registered PLP OBA NLP GLP IND Total Valid Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
St. George's North 1,116 423 415 - 16 - 854 1 855 76.61%
St. George's West 1,163 445 423 - - - 868 2 870 74.81%
St. David's 1,065 384 399 - - - 783 3 786 73.80%
St. George's South 1,199 449 441 - - - 890 3 893 74.48%
Hamilton East 1,149 636 236 - - - 872 5 877 76.33%
Hamilton West 1,208 441 502 - - - 943 2 945 78.23%
Hamilton South 1,108 387 493 - - - 880 0 880 79.42%
Smith's South 1,098 226 638 - - - 864 2 866 78.87%
Smith's West 1,043 372 481 - - - 853 0 853 81.78%
Smith's North 1,108 481 358 - - - 839 0 839 75.72%
Devonshire East 1,015 284 498 - - - 782 0 782 77.04%
Devonshire South Central 1,103 83 747 - - - 830 5 835 75.70%
Devonshire North Central 1,002 416 311 - - - 727 2 729 72.75%
Devonshire North West 1,007 508 176 - - - 684 0 684 67.92%
Pembroke East 1,054 618 127 - - - 745 1 746 70.78%
Pembroke East Central 1,102 654 62 - - - 716 0 716 64.97%
Pembroke Central 1,011 406 331 - - - 737 2 739 73.10%
Pembroke West Central 1,043 510 239 - - 51 800 3 803 76.99%
Pembroke West 1,177 303 544 - - - 847 2 849 72.13%
Pembroke South West 1,107 155 698 - - - 853 0 853 77.06%
Pembroke South East 1,185 227 551 - - - 778 5 783 66.08%
Paget East 1,186 183 762 - - - 945 1 946 79.76%
Paget West 1,092 211 633 - - - 844 1 845 77.38%
Warwick South East 1,092 462 366 - - - 828 3 831 76.10%
Warwick North East 1,086 437 399 - - - 836 1 837 77.07%
Warwick South Central 974 458 236 - - - 694 5 699 71.77%
Warwick North Central 1,079 479 345 - - - 824 4 828 76.74%
Warwick West 1,111 316 516 - - - 832 7 839 75.52%
Southampton East 1,029 520 204 - - - 724 4 728 70.75%
Southampton East Central 1,172 446 466 - - - 912 4 916 78.16%
Southampton West Central 1,098 367 496 - - - 863 4 867 78.96%
Southampton West 1,105 533 312 - - - 845 4 849 76.83%
Sandys South 1,048 483 296 - - - 779 2 781 74.52%
Sandys South Central 1,156 582 251 41 - - 874 3 877 75.87%
Sandys North Central 1,070 532 262 - - - 794 0 794 74.21%
Sandys North 1,033 451 252 - - - 703 6 709 68.64%
Total 39,394 14,868 14,466 41 16 51 29,442 87 29,529 74.96%
Key
OBA = One Bermuda Alliance; PLP = Progressive Labour Party; IND = Inpendent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
Bermuda Parliamentary Registry Office
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