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Grenada General Election Results - 20 September 1954

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General elections were held in Grenada on 20 September 1954.

Electoral System

The eight members of the House of Representatives were elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting.  The Legislative Council however had few powers.  The role of head of government remained with the Administrator.

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 31 candidates contested the election including 23 independents and 8 candidates from the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) - the only political party in existence at the time. 

Results

Although independent candidates received the most votes, Eric Gairy's GULP won six of the eight seats.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 67.4%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 8 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 22,476
Invalid Votes 2,353
Total Votes Cast 24,834
Registered Voters 36,846
Voter Turnout 67.40%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Sat, 14 Aug 1954
Nomination Day Wed, 1 Sep 1954
Polling Day Mon, 20 Sep 1954
First Meeting of Parliament -
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
  Grenada United Labour Party GULP 10,937 48.66% 8 6
  Independent Candidates IND 11,539 8.69% 23 2
  Total Valid Votes Total 22,476 100% 24 8
ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Constituency   Representative Party
St. George's Town   Theophilus Albert MARRYSHOW Independent
St. George Parish   Eric Matthew GAIRY Grenada United Labour Party
St. John/St. Mark   Lewis Colton John THOMAS Grenada United Labour Party
St. Patrick   Ralph Orlando WILLIAMS Grenada United Labour Party
St. Andrew North  

Ruthven Alison KEENS-DOUGLAS

Independent
St. Andrew South   Allan Leonard WILLIAMS Grenada United Labour Party
St. David   Thomas Joseph GIBBS Grenada United Labour Party
Carriacou   Frederick Bridgewater PATERSON Grenada United Labour Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND CANDIDATE
Constituency Candidate Party  Votes Vote%
St. George's Town J.J. LEWIS GULP 521 26.64%
T.A. MARRYSHOW Winner IND 988 50.51%
G.V. FRANCO IND 282 14.42%
F.J. ARCHIBALD IND 165 8.44%
St. George Parish E.M. GAIRY Winner GULP 2,675 79.26%
J.M. KNIGHT IND 454 13.45%
D.M. PATTERSON IND 246 7.29%
St. John/St. Mark L.C. THOMAS Winner GULP 1,869 51.80%
C.A. FERGUSON IND 1,262 34.98%
C.J. BOYKE IND 181 5.02%
P.M. BENJAMIN IND 158 4.38%
H.A. McKIE IND 138 3.82%
St. Patrick R.O. WILLIAMS Winner GULP 1,138 37.77%
W.E. COPLAND IND 991 32.89%
R.C.P. MOORE IND 884 29.34%
St. Andrew North R.A. KEENS-DOUGLAS Winner GULP 1,726 83.58%
C.W. MOSSISON IND 339 16.42%
St. Andrew South A.L. WILLIAMS Winner GULP 1,363 40.75%
F.C. NOEL IND 1,310 39.16%
C.A. LOWE IND 386 11.54%
L. SARGEANT IND 238 7.12%
S.W. RENNIE IND 48 1.43%
St. David T.J. GIBBS Winner GULP 1,055 41.62%
D.W. RADIX IND 572 22.56%
I.I. DUNCAN IND 416 16.41%
C. HYPOLITE IND 358 14.12%
A. WHITEMAN IND 134 5.29%
Carriacou E.L. SYLVESTER GULP 590 22.88%
F.B. PATERSON Winner IND 1,296 50.25%
H.A. BLAIZE IND 517 20.05%
W.T. McINTOSH IND 176 6.82%
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency GULP IND Valid Votes
St. George's Town 521 1,435 1,956
St. George Parish 2,675 700 3,375
St. John/St. Mark 1,869 1,739 3,608
St. Patrick 1,138 1,875 3,013
St. Andrew North 1,726 339 2,065
St. Andrew South 1,363 1,982 3,345
St. David 1,055 1,480 2,535
Carriacou 590 1,989 2,579
Total 10,937 11,539 22,476
Key
NNP = New National Party; NDC = New Democratic Congress; ULP = United Labour Platform; GULP = Grenada United Labour Platform; PLM = People's Labour Movement; GOD = Good Old Democracy; MBPM = Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement; URP = United Republican Party; CDLP = Christian Democratic Labour Party; GFLP = Grenada Federated Labour Party;IND = Independent; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
Grenada Parliamentary Elections Office
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