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General Election Results - 7 March 2012
Parliament Building, Belize

General elections were held in Belize on 7 March 2012 for all 31 seats in the House of Representatives using a first-past-the-post system.

The election was held nearly a year ahead of the constitutionally due date. Prime Minister Dean Barrow's United Democratic Party (UDP) ran on the government's record of promoting "pro-poor and pro-people programmes".

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 74 candidates including 71 men and three women contested the election.

Results

The UDP was returned to power, taking 17 of the 31 directly elected seats; down from 25 that it held in the outgoing legislature. The opposition People's United Party (PUP), led by Francis Fonseca, took the remainder. Only one woman candidate, from the PUP, was successful.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 73.18%.

Post-election

On 21 March the newly-elected House members were sworn in alongside the newly-appointed senators.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 31 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 128,840
Invalid Votes 1,463
Total Votes Cast 130,303
Registered Voters 178,054
Voter Turnout 73.18%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Fri, 3 Feb 2012
Nomination Day Fri, 17 Feb 2012
Polling Day Wed, 7 Mar 2012
First Meeting of Parliament Wed, 21 Mar 2012 Download 2008 Throne Speech
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Francis FONSECA
People's United Party (PUP)
  Photo Dean BARROW
United Democratic Party (UDP)
RELATED RESOURCES
Representation of the People Act (2000) Download report
Belize Constitution Act (2012) Download report
ELECTION REPORTS
Electoral Observation Mission Final Report Download report
BY THE NUMBERS
PUP
31 candidates
14 seats
62,059 votes
(48.2%)
UDP
31 candidates
17 seats
64,749 votes
(50.3%)
OTHERS
Minor Parties & Independent Candidates
13 candidates
0 seats
2,032 votes
(1.6%)
SEATS 16 seats for a majority
PUP 14 seats (+8)
17 seats (-8) UDP
PARTY MANIFESTOS View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
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PUP 2012 Manifesto
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UDP 2012 Manifesto
 
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  People's United Party PUP 62,059 48.17% +5.99% 31 14 +8
  United Democratic Party Winner UDP 64,749 50.26% -5.47% 31 17 -8
  Vision Inspired by the People VIP 382 0.30% +0.30% 2 0 -
  People's National Party PNP 838 0.64% +0.64% 7 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 822 0.64% +0.58% 4 0 -
  Total   128,840 100% - 75 31 -
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Key
PUP = People's United Party; UDP=United Democratic Party; IND = Inpendent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
Elections & Boundaries Department, Government of Belize
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