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PARTIES CONSTITUENCIES 2016 RESULTS PAST EDUCATION
POLITICAL PARTIES
Learn more JLP
Jamaican Labour Party
Andrew HOLNESS
Political Leader
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People's National Party
Freundel J. STUART
Political Leader
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CONSTITUENCIES
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OVERVIEW OF ELECTORAL SYSTEM
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
PAST ELECTIONS
Year Specific Date   Winning Party Total
Seats
Voter
Turnout
  Party % Votes Seats
1944 Thu, 14 Dec 1944   Jamaica Labour Party 41.67% 22 32 58.38%
1949 Tue, 20 Dec 1949   Jamaica Labour Party 42.71% 17 32 65.16%
1955 Wed, 12 Jan 1955   People's National Party 50.50% 18 32 65.11%
1959 Tue, 28 Jul 1959   People's National Party 54.79% 29 45 66.09%
1962 Tue, 10 Apr 1962   Jamaica Labour Party 50.04% 26 45 72.88%
1967 Tue, 21 Feb 1967   Jamaica Labour Party 50.65% 33 53 82.24%
1972 Tue, 29 Feb 1972   People's National Party 55.99% 37 53 78.88%
1976 Wed, 15 Dec 1976   People's National Party 56.77% 47 60 85.21%
1980 Thu, 30 Oct 1980   Jamaica Labour Party 58.88% 51 60 86.91%
1983 Thu, 15 Dec 1983   Jamaica Labour Party 89.67% 60 60 29.49%
1989 Thu, 9 Feb 1989   People's National Party 56.60% 45 60 78.38%
1993 Tue, 30 Mar 1993   People's National Party 59.98% 52 60 67.35%
1997 Thu, 18 Dec 1997   People's National Party 56.20% 50 60 65.22%
2002 Wed, 16 Oct 2002   People's National Party 51.81% 34 60 59.37%
2007 Mon, 3 Sep 2007   Jamaica Labour Party 50.27% 32 60 61.46%
2011 Thu, 29 Dec 2011   People's National Party 53.28% 42 63 53.26%
2016 Fri, 26 Feb, 2016   Jamaica Labour Party 50.08% 32 63 48.37%
ELECTION OBSERVERS REPORTS
Year Report Download
1997 Carter Center Report - 1997 Elections Download
2002 Carter Center Report - 2002 Elections Download
2007 Preliminary Statement issued by the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to the General Elections in Jamaica, 3 September 2007 Download
Final Report of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Jamaica General Election 2007 Download
2011 Final Report of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission for the General Elections in Jamaica, December 29, 2011 Download
2016 Preliminary Statement issued by the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to the General Elections in Jamaica, 25 February 2016 Download
Preliminary Report of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Jamaica General Election 25 February 2016 Download
Key
JLP = Jamaica Labour Party; PNP = People's National Party; IND = Inpendent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
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