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Area: 430 sq km; 166 sq miles | Population: 256,600 (UN, 2010) | Capital City: Bridgetown
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Overview of Electoral System
Here, we provide an overview of the electoral system in the country. Additional information may be found in the Country Browser.
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
Political Parties
Here, we provide information on active political parties. A more comprehensive list of political parties may be found in our Knowledge Centre.
Party Political Leader
Barbados Labour Party or BLP Mia A. MOTTLEY
Democratic Labour Party or DLP Freundel J. STUART
People's Empowerment Party or PEP David COMISSIONG
Past Elections
Here, we provide links to results of past elections. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to assist us in filling any observed gaps. Notify us if you think a resource listed here has become deceptive or unfactual.
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
2013 15 January 2008 Parliamentary View results CaribbeanElections.com
Election Reports
Here, we provide official reports of past elections and reports from election observation missions. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to suggest other resources you think we should list here. You may also view our collection of Election Observer Reports in our Reading Room.
This section is currently being updated.
Party Manifestos
Here, we provide party manifestos from previous elections. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to suggest other resources you think we should list here. You may also view our collection of manifestos in our Reading Room.
BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY (BLP)
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DLP 2013 BLP 2008 BLP 2003 BLP 1999
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BLP 1994 BLP 1991    
DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY (DLP)
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DLP 2013 DLP 2008 DLP 2003 DLP 1994
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DLP 1991 DLP 1981    
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (NDP)
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PEOPLE'S EMPOWERMENT PARTY (PEP)
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