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Country Profile Barbados
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Area: 430 sq km; 166 sq miles | Population: 256,600 (UN, 2010)
Capital City: Bridgetown
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Head of State Inherited monarchy with a Governor General appointed by the British Monarch
Head of Government Prime Minister is appointed by the Governor General
Structure of Parliament Bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 21 seats and the House of Assembly with 30 seats.
Electoral Law 1 June 1971; Last amendment: 01/09/1990
Constituencies 30 single-member constituencies
Voting System In the Senate 21 members are appointed by the governor-general. In the House of Assembly 30 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.
Term of Office 5 years for both chambers
Voter Requirements - age: 18 years
- Barbados citizenship (or Commonwealth citizenship if residence in the country for 3 years before elections)
- residence in a constituency for 3 months
- disqualifications: insanity, imprisonment, death sentence
Candidate Eligibility and Requirements Qualified electors
- age: 21 years
- Barbados citizenship
- residence in the country for more than 7 years
- ineligibility: undischarged bankruptcy, allegiance to a foreign State, imprisonment exceeding 6 months, conviction of felony or of an offence involving dishonesty, electoral fraud
- nomination by 4 electors
- deposit equivalent to US$ 125, reimbursed if the candidate is elected or obtains more than 1/6 of the total votes cast in the constituency.
Electoral Authority  Barbados Electoral and Boundaries Commission  
Last Elections 21 February 2013
Next Elections February 2018
Barbados Labour Party or BLP [Owen ARTHUR]
Democratic Labour Party or DLP [Freundel STUART]
People's Empowerment Party or PEP [David COMISSIONG]
Year Specific Date Election Type View Results Source
1966 2 November 1966 Parliamentary View results CaribbeanElections.com
1971 9 September 1971 Parliamentary View results CaribbeanElections.com
1976 2 September 1976 Parliamentary View results CaribbeanElections.com
1981 18 June 1981 Parliamentary View results CaribbeanElections.com
1986 28 May 1986 Parliamentary View results CaribbeanElections.com
1991 22 January 1991 Parliamentary View results CaribbeanElections.com
1994 6 September 1994 Parliamentary View results CaribbeanElections.com
1999 20 January 1999 Parliamentary View results CaribbeanElections.com
2003 21 May 2003 Parliamentary View results CaribbeanElections.com
2008 15 January 2008 Parliamentary View results CaribbeanElections.com
2011 20 January 2011 Parliamentary by-election View results CaribbeanElections.com
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