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Dominica General Election Results - 17 January 1961

General elections were held in Dominica on 17 January 1961 for all 11 elected seats in the House of Assembly using a first-past-the-post system. 

Electoral System

The unicameral Parliament of Dominica, the Legislative Council, was composed of 11 elected Representatives, in single-member constituencies through a first-past-the-post system.

Background

The number of elected seats was increased by 3 to 11 for the 1961 election.

Political Parties & Candidates

Thirty-eight candidates contested the 1961 general election.  Five political parties presented candidates for the election.  The Dominica Labour Party (DLP), led by Edward LeBlanc, presented a full slate of 11 candidates.  The Dominica United People's Party (DUPP) presented 6 candidates, the Dominica Democratic Party (DPP) – 5, the Peasant and Workers Movement (PWM) – 4; and the All Island Industrial and Farmers Party (AIIFP) – 3. There were also nine independent candidates.

Election Campaign

It was a generally quiet election.

Results

The ruling Dominica United People’s Party (DUPP) was defeated by the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), which won seven of the 11 seats. 

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 76.9%.

Post-Election

The DLP’s leader, Edward LeBlanc became Chief Minister.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 11 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 16,565
Invalid Votes 1,056
Total Votes Cast 17,621
Population 60,000
Voting Age Population 27,060
Registered Voters 22,838
Voter Turnout 77.16%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House -
Nomination Day Fri, 30 Dec 1960
Polling Day Tue, 17 Jan 1961
First Meeting of Parliament -
 
SUMMARY RESULTS
Party Code Votes % votes Seats
Dominica Labour Party DLP 7,848 47.38% 7
Dominica United People's Party DUPP 4,233 25.55% 4
All Island Indstrial and Farmers Party AIIFP 1,333 8.05% 0
Peasant and Workers Movement PWM 487 2.94% 0
Dominica Democratic Party DDP 125 0.75% 0
Independents IND 2,539 15.33% 0
Total Valid Votes 16,565 100% 11
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ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
The Dominica House of Assembly has 11 members elected for a five year term in single-seat constituencies.
Constituency Representative Party
Eastern LAVILLE, Frobel A. Dominica United People's Party
North - Eastern STEVENS, Wills Strathmoro Dominica Labour Party
North - Western SHILLINGFORD, Howell Donald Dominica United People's Party
Northern ROYER, John Livingstone Dominica Labour Party
Portsmouth LESLIE, Earl Andrew Dominica Labour Party
Roseau - Northern DUCREAY, Nicholson Alexander Nathaniel Dominica Labour Party
Roseau - Southern LEBLANC, Edward Oliver Dominica Labour Party
South - Eastern DIDIER, Lawrence Christian Dominica Labour Party
South - Western PEMBERTON, A.A. Dominica United People's Party
Southern ST. LUCE, Reyland Patrick Dominica Labour Party
Western HENRY, Elkin Bernard Dominica United People's Party
Key
DLP = Dominica Labour Party; UWP = United Workers Party; IND = Independent Candidate; *incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
Electoral Office of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica
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