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Grenada General Election Results - 3 December 1984

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Because of the coup d'état of March 1979, the bicameral Parliament that had been chosen in December 1976 was dissolved and the 1974 independence Constitution suspended.  In November 1983, this same Constitution was reinstated after the overthrow of the People's Revolutionary Government of Mr Maurice Bishop.

Electoral System

The 15 members of the House of Representatives were elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting.There was no fixed election date in effect in Grenada at this time; hence, the choice of election date is the prerogative of the Prime Minister.

Background

The 1984 election date was announced on 21 September 1984, with Nomination Day on 14 Novembet 1984. 

Political Parties & Candidates

The 15 Representatives seats were contested by five parties, including the centrist New National Party (NNP) and the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP), the latter being the only group that existed prior to 1979. Altogether 52 candidates were in contention.

Election Campaign

During the three-month campaign, the NNP emphasised the themes of economic development (especially reduction of unemployment) and safeguards against the abuse of power; its manifesto also expressed support for the October 1983 military intervention by USA and Caribbean forces and for the continued presence of foreign military and police contingents. 

Results

On polling day, the newly-formed NNP, a coalition of three parties led by Herbert Blaize, recorded a near-complete victory by obtaining 14 Representatives seats.  On 4 December, Blaize was sworn in as Prime Minister and five days later, his Cabinet was announced. 

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 86.19%.

Post-election

In December 1989, Prime Minister Herbert Blaize died and was succeeded by his Deputy Ben Jones.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 15 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 41,023
Invalid Votes 483
Total Votes Cast 41,506
Registered Voters 48,158
Voter Turnout 86.19%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House -
Nomination Day Wed, 14 Nov 1984
Polling Day Mon, 3 Dec1984
First Meeting of Parliament Fri, 28 Dec 1984
ELECTORAL LEGISLATION View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
The Grenada Constitution Order (1973) Download
Grenada House of Representatives Election Act (1958) Download
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
  New National Party Winner NNP 24,045 58.61% 15 14
  Grenada United Labour Party GULP 14,721 35.88% 15 1
  Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement MBPM 2,039 4.97% 13 0
  Christian Democratic Labour Party CDLP 104 0.25% 5 0
  Grenada Federated Labour Party GFLP 10 0.02% 1 0
  Independent Candidates IND 104 0.25% 3 0
  Total Valid Votes Total 41,023 100% 52 15
ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Constituency   Representative Party
Carriacou   Herbert A. BLAIZE New National Party
St. Andrew South East   Pauline C. ANDREW New National Party
St. Andrew South West   Ben J. JONES New National Party
St. Andrew North East   Marcel J. PETERS Grenada United Labour Party
St. Andrew North West   Alleyne WALKER New National Party
St. David   Daniel C. WILLIAMS New National Party
Town of St. George   George MC GUIRE New National Party
St. George North East   George I. BRIZAN New National Party
St. George North West   Keith C. MITCHELL New National Party
St. George South East   Francis R. ALEXIS New National Party
St. George South   Phinsley ST. LOUIS New National Party
St. John   Grace M. DUNCAN New National Party
St. Mark   Felix G. ALEXANDER New National Party
St. Patrick East   Tillman THOMAS New National Party
St. Patrick West   Kenny LALSINGH New National Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND CANDIDATE
Constituency Registered
Voters
Candidate Party  Votes Vote%
Carriacou 2,443 Herbert A. BLAIZE Winner NNP 1,663 84.03%
Lyle A. BULLEN MBPM 146 7.38%
Hyacinth F.J. CLYNE GULP 119 6.01%
Winston T. FLEARY IND 51 2.58%
St. Andrew South East 2,451 Fenderson J. FELIX GFLP 10 0.47%
Bert LaTOUCHE CDLP 18 8.11%
George M. LEWIS MBPM 24 1.12%
Pauline C. ANDREW Winner NNP 1,094 51.05%
Irvin I. DUNCAN GULP 997 46.52%
St. Andrew South West 3,907 Carlton A. BERNARD MBPM 185 5.44%
Cyril HOPKIN IND 45 1.32%
Ben J. JONES Winner NNP 1,964 57.76%
Winifred C. STRACHAN GULP 1,206 35.47%
St. Andrew North East 2,867 Marcel J. PETERS Winner GULP 1,276 52.81%
McLean POPE NNP 1,140 47.19%
St. Andrew North West 2,592 Herbert B. FLETCHER GULP 1,004 43.58%
Neville V. RENNIE CDLP 18 0.78%
Alleyne WALKER Winner NNP 1,282 55.64%
St. David 4,357 Denis J. RADIX GULP 1,756 37.18%
Daniel C. WILLIAMS Winner NNP 2,856 60.47%
Almando T. WILLIAMS MBPM 111 2.35%
Town of St. George 3,338 George McGUIRE Winner NNP 1,745 65.18%
Raymond H. ANTHONY GULP 756 28.24%
Earl BULLEN MBPM 151 5.64%
Gordon C. ROBERTSON CDLP 25 0.93%
St. George North East 4,031 George I. BRIZAN Winner NNP 2,438 72.00%
Albert O. FORSYTH GULP 818 24.16%
Denis C. JOSEPH CDLP 31 0.92%
Kennitha THOMPSON MBPM 99 2.92%
St. George North West 2,763 Keith C. MITCHELL Winner NNP 1,370 57.42%
Jimmy J. LEWIS GULP 956 40.07%
Dunbar BYAM MBPM 60 2.51%
St. George South East 3,017 Francis R. ALEXIS Winner NNP 1,674 66.01%
Gregory A. HERCULES GULP 642 25.32%
Bernard K. RADIX MBPM 220 8.68%
St. George South 3,889 Erleen C. ADAMS GULP 1,173 36.21%
Phinsley ST. LOUIS Winner NNP 1,905 58.81%
Trevor EMMANUEL MBPM 153 4.72%
Justin F. McBURNIE IND 8 0.25%
St. John 4,373 Grace M. DUNCAN Winner NNP 1,611 43.55%
Einstein LOUISON MBPM 512 13.84%
Edzel THOMAS GULP 1,576 42.61%
St. Mark 2,085 Felix G. ALEXANDER Winner NNP 930 51.13%
Mitchell G. JAMES GULP 750 41.23%
George D. THOMAS MBPM 139 7.64%
St. Patrick East 2,121 John CATO MBPM 66 3.67%
Winston E. FREDERICK GULP 787 43.72%
Tillman THOMAS Winner NNP 935 51.94%
Winston WHYTE CDLP 12 0.67%
St. Patrick West 2,924 Kenny LALSINGH Winner NNP 1,438 57.15%
Abraham O. RAEBURN GULP 905 35.97%
Samuel E. THOMAS MBPM 173 6.88%
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered Voters NNP GULP MBPM GFLP CDLP IND Valid Votes Voter Turnout
Carriacou 2,443 1,663 119 146 - - 51 1,979 81.01%
St. Andrew South East 2,451 1,094 997 24 10 18 - 2,143 87.43%
St. Andrew South West 3,907 1,964 1,206 185 - - 45 3,400 87.02%
St. Andrew North East 2,867 1,140 1,276 - - - - 2,416 84.27%
St. Andrew North West 2,592 1,282 1,004 - - 18 - 2,304 88.89%
St. David 5,357 2,856 1,756 111 - - - 4,723 88.17%
Town of St. George 3,338 1,745 756 151 - 25 - 2,677 80.20%
St. George North East 4,031 2,438 818 99 - 31 - 3,386 84.00%
St. George North West 2,763 1,370 956 60 - - - 2,386 86.36%
St. George South East 3,017 1,674 642 220 - - - 2,536 84.06%
St. George South 3,889 1,905 1,173 153 - - 8 3,239 83.29%
St. John 4,373 1,611 1,576 512 - - - 3,699 84.59%
St. Mark 2,085 930 750 139 - - - 1,819 87.24%
St. Patrick East 2,121 935 787 66 - 12 - 1,800 84.87%
St. Patrick West 2,924 1,438 905 173 - - - 2,516 86.05%
Total 48,158 24,045 14,721 2,039 10 104 104 41,023 85.18%
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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