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Dominica General Election Results - 26 October 1970

General elections were held in Dominica on 26 October 1970 for the 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

Shortly before the last general elections, disagreements within the DLP resulted in an open split and the formation of two separate political factions, one led by  Edward O. LeBlanc (called LeBlanc LP) and the other headed by former Trade Minister N.A.N. Ducreay (which continued to use the name DLP).

Dissension in the DLP became public after LeBlanc dismissed three ministers - N.A.N. Ducreay, Minister for Trade, Wills Stevens, Minister for Education and Health, and Mrs. Mabel James, Minister for Home Affairs, for their part in an alleged coup to oust LeBlanc as the political leader of the DLP.

Political Parties & Candidates

Thirty-five candidates including two independents contested the election.  Three political parties – the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP), and the LeBlanc Labour Party (LLP) –each presented full slates of 11 candidates for the election.

Election Campaign

The 1970 electoral campaign was observed to be one of the most bitterly fought in the country to that time.

Results

Edward LeBlanc was re-elected Premier after his faction of the Labour Party, the Leblanc Labour Party, won eight of the 11 seats in the House of Assembly.  The DFP, led by Barrister Miss Eugenia Charles, secured two seats and one seat went to the DLP.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 81.6%.

Post-Election

Following the elections, Mr. LeBlanc was appointed Premier.
On 12 February 1971, the House of Assembly unanimously passed a bill reducing the voting age for the purpose of elections to the House from 21 to 18 years of age. A corresponding Constitution (Amendment) Order, 1971, was made on 30 April 1971 and came into operation on 1 July 1971.

In 1974, the combined pressures of high unemployment among the island's youth and increasingly aggressive activity by trade unions and opposition political parties led to the resignation of Leblanc as Premier and DLP leader and his replacement by Deputy Premier Patrick John on 28 July 1974.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 11 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 19,775
Invalid Votes 1,347
Total Votes Cast 21,122
Population 70,000
Voting Age Population 32,480
Registered Voters 28,890
Voter Turnout 81.58%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Thu, 24 Sep 1970
Nomination Day Fri, 9 Oct 1970
Polling Day Mon, 26 Oct 1970
First Meeting of Parliament thu, 19 Nov 1970
 
SUMMARY RESULTS
Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
Dominica Labour Party DLP 1,387 7.01% 11 1
Dominica Freedom Party DFP 7,578 38.32% 11 2
Le Blanc Labour Party LLP 9,877 49.95% 11 8
Independents IND 933 4.72% 2 0
Total Valid Votes 19,775 100% 35 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 Henckell L. CHRISTIAN   LeBlanc Labour Party
North - Eastern Wills S. STEVENS   Dominica Labour Party
North -Western Edward O. LeBLANC   LeBlanc Labour Party
Northern John L. ROYER   LeBlanc Labour Party
Portsmouth Earle A. LESLIE   LeBlanc Labour Party
Roseau -Northern Patrick R. JOHN   LeBlanc Labour Party
Roseau -Southern Ronald O.P.ARMOUR   LeBlanc Labour Party
South - Eastern Thomas ETIENNE   LeBlanc Labour Party
South -Western Anthony MOISE   Dominica Freedom Party
Southern Ralph S. FADELLE   Dominica Freedom Party
Western E.J. SHILLINGFORD   LeBlanc Labour Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY, CANDIDATE, AND PARTY
Constituency Registered Voters DLP DFP LLP IND Valid Votes Invalid Votes Total Votes Voter Turnout
Eastern 1,806 78 539 729 - 1,346 36 1,382 76.52%
North-Eastern 2,595 758 571 616 - 1,945 237 2,182 84.08%
North-Western 1,789 46 353 977 - 1,376 161 1,537 85.91%
Northern 1,739 11 267 942 - 1,220 230 1,450 83.38%
Portsmouth 1,916 37 423 1,030 - 1,490 74 1,564 81.63%
Roseau-Northern 2,735 98 755 1,256 10 2,119 55 2,174 79.49%
Roseau-Southern 3,750 103 1,254 1,417 - 2,774 147 2,921 77.89%
South- Eastern 1,656 28 472 851 - 1,351 14 1,365 82.43%
South-Western 2,195 33 1,144 528 - 1,705 116 1,821 82.96%
Southern 2,556 49 1,214 607 - 1,870 220 2,090 81.77%
Western 3,153 146 586 924 923 2,579 57 2,636 83.60%
Total 25,890 1,387 7,578 9,877 933 19,775 1,347 21,122 81.58%
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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