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British Virgin Islands General Election Results - 20 February 1995

General Elections were held in the British Virgin Islands on 20 February 1995 for all 13 seats in the Legislative Council. The number of seats was increased from 11 prior to the election.

Electoral System

The British Virgin Islands elects on territorial level to a unicameral legislature. The Legislative Council consists of fifteen (15) members; thirteen (13) elected representatives for a four year term, nine (9) of whom are electoral district representatives and four (4) as territorial-at-large representatives, the Attorney General (non-voting, ex officio member) and one elected Speaker.

Background

It was the first election to be fought in the British Virgin Islands after the introduction of Territorial at-large seats.

Results

The result was a victory for the incumbent Virgin Islands Party (VIP) led by Chief Minister Lavity Stoutt. The VIP won a plurality of six seats, and thus were able to form a minority government as no other party or coalition could muster a larger number of seats. The BVI United Party (UP) won three seats, and the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) won two seats. The two other seats were won by independents. 
The 1995 general election also witnessed the first ever female representatives elected: Ethlyn E. Smith in the Fifth District, and Eileene Parsons as an At-large representative. Eileene Parsons would later join the ruling Virgin Islands Party and become the first ever female Minister for Government in the Territory.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 68.39% of the 7,731 registered voters.

Post-election

Shortly after the election Alvin Christopher joined the VIP upon being offered a Ministerial seat, giving the VIP an outright majority.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 13 seats: 9 in single-member constituencies;
4 at-large
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House -
Nomination Day Thu, 9 Feb 1995
Polling Day Mon, 20 Feb 1995
First Meeting of Parliament -
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo H. Lavity STOUTT
Virgin Islands Party (VIP)
  Photo Conrad MADURO
BVI United Party (UP)
  Photo Walwyn BREWLEY
Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM)
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