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Barbadians went to the polls to elect a new government on 21 February 2013. Caribbean Elections provides information and current news for voters, students, teachers on the election and the Barbados electoral process.
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PARTIES CONSTITUENCIES CANDIDATES RESULTS PAST EDUCATION
POLITICAL PARTIES
BLP BLP
Barbados Labour Party
Mia A. MOTTLEY
Political Leader
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BLP DLP
Democratic Labour Party
Freundel J. STUART
Political Leader
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CONSTITUENCIES
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 City of Bridgetown
 St. Michael South
 St. Michael East
 St. Michael South Central
 St. Michael Central
 St. Michael South East
 St. Michael North East
 St. Michael North
 St. Michael North West
 St. Michael West
 St. Michael West Central
 Christ Church West
 Christ Church West Central
 Christ Church South
 Christ Church East Central
 Christ Church East
 St. Philip North
 St. Philip South
 St. Philip West
 St. George North
 St. George South
 St. John
 St. Joseph
 St. Thomas
 St. James North
 St. James South
 St. James Central
 St. Peter
 St. Andrew
 St. Lucy
OVERVIEW OF ELECTORAL SYSTEM
Head of State Inherited monarchy with a Governor-General appointed by the British Monarch | Learn more »
Head of Government Prime Minister is appointed by the Governor-General | Learn more »
Structure of Parliament Bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 21 seats and the House of Assembly with 30 seats | Learn more »
Electoral Law 1 Jun 1971; Last amendment: 1 Sep 1990 | Learn more »
Constituencies 30 single-member constituencies | Learn more »
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 USD125, 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 | Learn more »
Next Elections February 2018
VOTER EDUCATION
Country Profile Government Structure Election Basics Political Timeline Electoral Legislation
2013 ELECTION - BY THE NUMBERS
PARTY CANDIDATES RESULTS
MEN WOMEN TOTAL 2013 2008 2003
BLP Barbados Labour Party (BLP) 23 7 30 14 9 24
DLP Democratic Labour Party (DLP) 25 5 30 16 21 6
Independent Candidates Independent (IND) 8 0 8 0 0 0
The House of Assembly has 30 members, elected for a five year term in single-seat constituencies.
PAST ELECTIONS
Year Specific Date   Winning Party Total
Seats
Voter
Turnout
  Party % Votes Seats
1951 Thu, 13 Dec 1951   Barbados Labour Party 54.50% 15 24 64.65%
1956 Thu, 06 Dec 1956   Barbados Labour Party 49.00% 15 24 60.29%
1961 Mon. 04 Dec 1961   Democratic Labour Party 36.30% 14 24 61.32%
1966 Thu, 03 Nov 1966   Democratic Labour Party 49.30% 14 24 79.70%
1971 Thu, 09 Sep 1971   Democratic Labour Party 42.40% 18 24 81.64%
1976 Thu, 02 Sep 1976   Barbados Labour Party 52.69% 24 27 74.09%
1981 Thu, 18 Jun 1981   Barbados Labour Party 52.22% 17 27 71.59%
1986 Fri, 28 Mar 1986   Democratic Labour Party 59.46% 24 27 76.70%
1991 Tue, 22 Jan 1991   Democratic Labour Party 53.97% 18 28 59.41%
1994 Tue, 06 Sep 1994   Barbados Labour Party 48.34% 19 28 60.89%
1999 Wed, 20 Jan 1999   Barbados Labour Party 64.87% 26 28 63.36%
2003 Wed, 21 May 2003   Barbados Labour Party 55.60% 27 30 60.36%
2008 Tue, 15 Jan 2008   Democratic Labour Party 52.53% 20 30 63.25%
2013 Thu, 21 Feb 2013   Democratic Labour Party 51.28% 16 30 62.02%
VOTING TRENDS
Trends in Percentage Votes by Party
Trends in Percentage Votes by Party
Trends in Percentage Votes by Party
Key
BLP = Barbados Labour Party; DLP = Democratic Labour Party; IND = Independent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
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 GENERAL ELECTIONS
 General Election Results 1951
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 BY-ELECTIONS
 St. Lucy By-election 1954
 St. Joseph By-election 1958
 St. John By-election 1958
 City of Bridgetown By-election 1969
 St. Joseph By-election 1970
 St. Philip North By-election 1976
 City of Bridgetown By-election 1976
 St. Michael South Central By-election 1978
 St. Peter By-election 1984
 St. Thomas By-election 1985
 St. John By-election 1987
 St. Michael North West By-election 1996
 St. Thomas By-election 2001
 St. John By-election 2011
 PARTY MANIFESTOS learn more
Download Barbados Labour Party Manifesto 2013
Download Democratic Labour Party Manifesto 2013
 POPULAR RESOURCES learn more
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