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Grenada General Election Results - 24 September 1957

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General elections were held in Grenada on 24 September 1957. This was the third election in Grenada's history held based on universal adult suffrage. 

Electoral System

The eight members of the Legislative Council were elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting.

Political Parties & Candidates

It was the first to have several competing political parties and for the first-time Eric Gairy's Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) had competition from other political parties, including the Grenada National Party (GNP) led by John Watts and Herbert Blaize.

A total of 24 candidates contested the election.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 68.4%.

Post-election

Following the introduction of the new Constitution on 21 December 1959, real authority for governing the country was given to a Chief Minister and those from the majority party in the Legislative Council based on the 1957 elections.  Herbert Blaize was appointed the first Chief Minister from 1 January 1960 when the Legislative Council provisions took effect, with the cooperation of the independents who chose to support the Grenada National Party.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 8 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 24,682
Invalid Votes 1,129
Total Votes Cast 25,811
Registered Voters 37,738
Voter Turnout 68.40%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Thu, 22 Aug 1957
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Tue, 24 Sep 1957
First Meeting of Parliament -
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
  Grenada United Labour Party GULP 10,952 44.37% 8 2
  Grenada National Party GNP 6,012 24.36% 6 2
  People's Democratic Movement PDM 5,327 21.58% 6 2
  West Indian Federal Labour Party WIFLP 246 1.00% 2 0
  Independent Candidates IND 2,145 8.69% 2 2
  Total Valid Votes Total 24,682 100% 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 People's Democratic Movement
St. Patrick   Wiliam Eric COPLAND Grenada National Party
St. Andrew North  

Ruthven Alison KEENS-DOUGLAS

Independent
St. Andrew South   Franklyn Carlyle NOEL People's Democratic Movement
St. David   Thomas Joseph GIBBS Grenada United Labour Party
Carriacou   Herbert Augustus BLAIZE Grenada National Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND CANDIDATE
Constituency Candidate Party  Votes Vote%
St. George's Town E.A. MITCHELL GNP 726 35.61%
S.L. LaHEE GULP 572 28.05%
T.A. MARRYSHOW Winner IND 741 36.34%
St. George Parish M.A. BULLEN GNP 946 19.31%
E.M. GAIRY Winner GULP 2,998 61.20%
L.A. PURCELL PDM 955 19.49%
St. John/St. Mark G. ST. BERNARD GNP 229 7.92%
H. McCLEAN GULP 1,303 45.07%
L.C.J. THOMAS Winner PDM 1,340 46.35%
A.J. FELIX WIFLP 19 0.66%
St. Patrick W.E. COPLAND Winner GNP 1,657 45.38%
R.O. WILLIAMS GULP 1,518 41.58%
H.E. MASCOLL PDM 476 13.04%
St. Andrew North R.T.A. FORRESTER GULP 1,143 43.86%
R. FITZ-ABRAHAM PDM 59 2.26%
R.A. KEENS-DOUGLAS Winner IND 1,404 53.88%
St. Andrew South R.C.P. MOORE GULP 1,438 39.65%
F.C. NOEL Winner PDM 1,912 52.72%
F.J. FELIX WIFLP 277 7.64%
St. David D.W RADIX GNP 960 37.97%
T.J. GIBBS Winner GULP 983 38.88%
R.H. CLYNE PDM 585 23.14%
Carriacou H.A. BLAIZE Winner GNP 1,494 59.98%
F.B. PATTERSON GULP 997 40.02%
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency GULP GNP PDM WIFLP IND Valid Votes
St. George's Town 572 726 - - 741 2,039
St. George Parish 2,998 946 955 - - 4,899
St. John/St. Mark 1,303 229 1,340 19 - 2,891
St. Patrick 1,518 1,657 476 - - 3,651
St. Andrew North 1,143 - 59 - 1,404 2,606
St. Andrew South 1,438 - 1,912 227 - 3,577
St. David 983 960 585 - - 2,528
Carriacou 997 1,494 - - - 2,491
Total 10,952 6,012 5,327 246 2,145 24,682
Key
NNP = New National Party; NDC = New Democratic Congress; GEM = Grenada Empowerment Movement; GPM = Grenada Progressive Movement; GRP = Grenada Renaissance Party; GUPM = Grenada United Patriotic Movement; TLP = The Liberal Partry; TPP= The Progress Party; 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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