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Area: 10,991 sq km (4,243 sq miles) | Population: 2.7 million (UN, 2010)
Capital City: Kingston
 
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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 Representatives with 63 seats.
Electoral Law 1 January 1900; Last amendment: 16/01/1989
Constituencies 63 single-member constituencies.
Voting System In the Senate, 21 members are appointed by the governor-general. In House of Representatives, 63 members are elected by popular vote to serve a 5-year term The governor-general appoints members of the Senate on recommendation by the Prime Minister and leader of the opposing party. The ruling party is given 13 seats in the Senate, while the minority party is allotted 8 seats.
Term of Office 5 years
Voter Requirements - age: 18 years
- Jamaican or British Commonwealth citizenship
- residency in the country (during 12 months prior to the compilation of the register of electors for British Commonwealth citizens)
- disqualifications: insanity, death sentence, imprisonment for 6 months or more, conviction of electoral fraud, persons holding certain offices connected with the elections
Candidate Eligibility and Requirements Qualified electors
- age: 21 years
- Jamaican or British Commonwealth citizenship
- residency in the country during 12 months immediately preceding the nomination
- ineligibility: allegiance to a foreign State, undischarged bankrupts
- nomination between 23 and 16 days before elections
- support of at least 10 qualifed electors
- deposit of $Jam.100 reimbursed if the candidate polls at least 1/8 of the total votes cast
Electoral Authority Electoral Commission of Jamaica
Last Elections 25 February 2016
Next Elections February 2021
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
Jamaica Labour Party or JLP Andrew HOLNESS
People's National Party or PNP Portia SIMPSON-MILLER
National Democratic Movement or NDM Michael WILLIAMS
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
1944 14 December 1944 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
1949 20 December 1949 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
1955 12 January 1955 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
1959 28 July 1959 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
1962 10 April 1962 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
1967 21 February 1967 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
1972 29 February 1972 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
1976 15 December 1976 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
1980 30 October 1980 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
1983 15 December 1983 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
1989 9 February 1989 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
1993 30 March 1993 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
1997 18 December 1997 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
2002 16 October 2002 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
2007 3 September 2007        Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
2011 29 December 2011 Parliamentary View results Electoral Office of Jamaica
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.
JAMAICA LABOUR PARTY (JLP)
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JLP 2016 Manifesto JLP 2012 Local Government Manifesto JLP 2011 Manifesto JLP 2007 Manifesto
PEOPLE'S NATIONAL PARTY (PNP)
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PNP 2016 Manifesto PNP 2012 Local Government Manifesto PNP 2011 Manifesto PNP 2007 Manifesto
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (NDM)
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NDM 2011 Manifesto      
MARCUS GARVEY PEOPLE'S POLITICAL PARTY (MGPPP)
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MGPPP 2011 Manifesto      
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