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Grenada General Election Results - 20 June 1995

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General elections were held in Grenada on 20 June 1995.

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

Following the previous (March 1990) general elections, a series of strikes in early 1992 by public-sector and port workers, in support of wage demands, caused considerable disruption in the country.  At the same time, popular dissatisfaction with the Government increased and, on 1 February 1995, Prime Minister Nicholas Brathwaite (National Democratic Congress – NDC) resigned; he was succeeded by George Brizan, a former Minister.

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 82 candidates and seven parties contested the election. The slate included three independent candidates.

Election Campaign

Campaign debate focused on the issue of income tax and the high (17%) unemployment rate.  The main opposition New National Party (NNP) advocated the abolition of the tax, thus differing with the ruling NDC, which had introduced income tax in early 1995.

Results

On polling day, the NNP, headed by Keith Mitchell, emerged on top in the House, capturing eight seats.  Mitchell, who announced that his Government would aim for national reconciliation, thus became Prime Minister on 22 June, the new Cabinet being formed the same day. 

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 61.7%.

Post-election

Two no-confidence motions following the elections were unsuccessful. However, in May 1997, five opposition parties, including the NDC, GULP and the Democratic Labour Party formed an alliance to provide a common front against the NNP, leaving the government with a majority of one.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 15 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 43,699
Invalid Votes 371
Total Votes Cast 44,070
Registered Voters 71,413
Voter Turnout 61.71%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Tue, 20 Jun 1995
First Meeting of Parliament -
POLITICAL LEADERS
  George I. BRIZAN
National Democratic Congress (NDC)
  Keith MITCHELL
New National Party (NNP)
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 14,134 32.34% 15 8
  National Democratic Congress NDC 13,372 30.60% 15 5
  Grenada United Labour Party GULP 11,608 26.56% 15 2
  The National Party TNP 2,826 6.47% 12 0
  Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement MBPM 694 1.59% 12 0
  Good Old Democratic Party GOD 16 0.04% 3 0
  United Republican Party URP 67 0.15% 7 0
  Independent Candidates IND 982 2.25% 3 0
  Total Valid Votes Total 43,699 100% 82 15
ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Constituency   Representative Party
Carriacou & Petite Martinique   Joan M. PURCELL National Democratic Congress
St. Andrew South East   Clarence I. RAPIER Grenada United Labour Party
St. Andrew South West   Michael BAPTISTE Grenada United Labour Party
St. Andrew North East   Oliver ARCHIBALD New National Party
St. Andrew North West   Laurina A. WALDRON New National Party
St. David   Michael A. ANDREW National Democratic Congress
Town of St. George   Raphael O. FLETCHER New National Party
St. George North East   George I. BRIZAN National Democratic Congress
St. George North West   Keith C. MITCHELL** New National Party
St. George South East   Francis R. ALEXIS National Democratic Congress
St. George South   Mark ISAAC New National Party
St. John   Grace M. DUNCAN New National Party
St. Mark   Willan DEWSBURY New National Party
St. Patrick East   Adrian F. MITCHELL New National Party
St. Patrick West   Kenny LALSINGH National Democratic Congress
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND CANDIDATE
Constituency Registered
Voters
Candidate Party  Votes Vote%
Carriacou & Petite Martinique 3,758 Joan M. PURCELL Winner NDC 765 33.80%
Tobias CLEMENT NNP 147 6.50%
Winston FLEARY GULP 109 4.82%
Michael CAESAR NP 460 20.33%
Lyle BULLEN MBPM 39 1.72%
Elvin NIMROD IND 743 32.83%
St. Andrew South East 3,859 Clarence I. RAPIER Winner GULP 830 35.53%
Norton NOEL NDC 574 24.57%
Wilton ROUGIER NNP 676 28.94%
Winifred STRACHAN NP 256 10.96%
St. Andrew South West 5,160 Michael A. BAPTISTE Winner GULP 935 30.53%
Ann PETERS NDC 697 22.76%
Lawrence JOSEPH NNP 712 23.25%
Ben JONES NP 663 21.65%
George RADGMAN MBPM 56 1.83%
St. Andrew North East 4,298 Oliver ARCHIBALD Winner NNP 828 32.07%
Livingston NELSON NDC 643 24.90%
Joseph McGUIRE GULP 804 31.14%
Alleyne WALKER NP 258 9.99%
Oscar ANDALL MBPM 40 1.55%
Dolton CHARLES URP 7 0.27%
Kenrick GOODING GOD 2 0.08%
St. Andrew North West 3,970 Laurina A. WALDRON Winner NNP 782 29.95%
Paul FRANCIS NDC 659 25.24%
Selwyn HUMPHREY GULP 755 28.92%
Allan McGUIRE NP 379 14.52%
Jerome PIERRE MBPM 36 1.38%
St. David 7,939 Michael A. ANDREW Winner NDC 1,746 34.44%
Joslyn WHITEMAN NNP 1,503 29.64%
Jerome ROMAIN GULP 1,641 32.37%
Marcia WILLIAMS NP 96 1.89%
Wilton ALLARD MBPM 68 1.34%
Peter THOMAS URP 16 0.32%
Town of St. George 4,358 Raphael O. FLETCHER Winner NNP 791 32.94%
Kent JOSEPH NDC 748 31.15%
Raymond ANTHONY GULP 640 26.66%
Keith PATRICK NP 165 6.87%
Peggy NESTFIELD MBPM 54 2.25%
Carlyle JONES URP 3 0.12%
St. George North East 6,283 George I. BRIZAN Winner NDC 1,887 50.94%
Roger RADIX NNP 917 24.76%
Wilfred LEWIS GULP 757 20.44%
Valentine JOSEPH MBPM 56 1.51%
Cleo PETERS GOD 9 0.24%
Denis JOSEPH IND 78 2.11%
St. George North West 4,144 Keith C. MITCHELL Winner NNP 1,850 69.58%
Siddiqui SYLVESTER NDC 292 10.98%
Bauxton FRANCOIS GULP 504 18.95%
Antonio LANGDON URP 13 0.49%
St. George South East 4,440 Francis R. ALEXIS Winner NDC 1,196 44.56%
Gregory BOWEN NNP 774 28.84%
Lincoln ST. LOUIS GULP 630 23.47%
Gordon WILLIAMS NP 36 1.34%
Brian LINDSAY MBPM 48 1.79%
St. George South 6,401 Mark ISAAC Winner NNP 1,329 35.72%
Phinsley ST. LOUIS NDC 1,084 29.13%
Eric M. GAIRY GULP 1,195 32.12%
Dorset CHARLES NP 48 1.29%
Richard PETERS MBPM 58 1.56%
Mertice REECE URP 7 0.19%
St. John 6,021 Grace M. DUNCAN Winner NNP 1,720 44.50%
Edzel THOMAS NDC 935 24.19%
Herbert J. PREUDHOMME GULP 1,032 26.70%
Peter SMALL MBPM 160 4.14%
Sam KEE URP 18 0.47%
St. Mark 3,122 William DEWSBURY Winner NNP 621 31.25%
Henry DeALLIE NDC 479 24.11%
Reginald FRANCIS GULP 432 21.74%
Ronald STRAKER NP 235 11.83%
Terence MARRYSHOW MBPM 54 2.72%
Justin McBURNIE GOD 5 0.25%
Albert FORSYTHE IND 161 8.10%
St. Patrick East 3,260 Adrian F. MITCHELL Winner NNP 686 33.68%
Tillman THOMAS NDC 604 29.65%
Crawford BEST GULP 645 31.66%
Nathaniel HENRY NP 74 3.63%
Desmong THOMAS MBPM 25 1.23%
Stolmeyer THOMPSON URP 3 0.15%
St. Patrick West 4,400 Kenny LALSINGH Winner NDC 1,063 39.14%
Lennox JEROME NNP 798 29.38%
Donville NECKLES GULP 699 25.74%
Denis CANNING NP 156 5.74%
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered Voters NNP NDC GULP MBPM TNP GOD URP IND Valid Votes Invalid Votes Total Votes Voter Turnout
Carriacou & Petite Martinique 3,758 147 765 109 39 460 - - 743 2,263 15 2,278 60.62%
St. Andrew South East 3,859 676 574 830 - 256 - - - 2,336 26 2,362 61.21%
St. Andrew South West 5,160 712 697 935 56 663 - - - 3,063 28 3,091 59.90%
St. Andrew North East 4,298 828 643 804 40 258 2 7 - 2,582 41 2,623 61.03%
St. Andrew North West 3,970 782 659 755 36 379 - - - 2,611 13 2,624 66.10%
St. David 7,939 1,503 1,746 1,641 68 96 - 16 - 5,070 61 5,131 64.63%
Town of St. George 4,358 791 748 640 54 165 - 3 - 2,401 12 2,413 55.37%
St. George North East 6,283 917 1,887 757 56 - 9 - 78 3,704 37 3,741 59.54%
St. George North West 4,144 1,850 292 504 - - - 13 - 2,659 16 2,675 64.55%
St. George South East 4,440 774 1,196 630 48 36 - - - 2,684 15 2,699 60.79%
St. George South 6,401 1,329 1,084 1,195 58 48 - 7 - 3,721 29 3,750 58.58%
St. John 6,021 1,720 935 1,032 160 - - 18 - 3,865 36 3,901 64.79%
St. Mark 3,122 621 479 432 54 235 5 - 161 1,987 14 2,001 64.09%
St. Patrick East 3,260 686 604 645 25 74 - 3 - 2,037 13 2,050 62.88%
St. Patrick West 4,400 798 1,063 699 - 156 - - - 2,716 15 2,731 62.07%
Total 71,413 14,134 13,372 11,608 694 2,826 16 67 982 43,699 371 44,070 61.71%
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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