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Grenada General Election Results - 18 January 1999

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On 19 October, on the last day of his party's national convention,

General elections for the House of Representatives had last been held in June 1995 and were thus not normally due for another 18 months.  However, on 2 December 1998, Parliament was dissolved after the resignation of Foreign Minister Raphael Fletcher from the ruling New National Party (NNP), which left it with a minority seven of the House's 15 seats.  On 14 December, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell announced the January polling date.

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.

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 48 candidates and five parties contested the election. The slate included two independent candidates.

Election Campaign

Grenada's economy is based largely on tourism and agriculture.  In this context, Mitchell stated during the campaign that he wanted to continue infrastructure spending and attracting foreign investment to develop the country's facilities and create new jobs.  The opposition parties - led by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Joan Purcell and the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP)/United Labour alliance - accused the government of corruption and claimed that it was not paying enough attention to health care and abuses of power by the police forces.

Results

Polling day was monitored by observers from the Organisation of American States, who declared the voting process free and fair.  According to final results, the NNP had captured all 15 seats. It was the first time since universal adult suffrage in 1951, that only one party won all the seats in a general election here. The NNP also became the first political party to have been re-elected to office for a second straight term since the island obtained its political independence in 1972.

In this context, Mitchell continued as Prime Minister and his new Cabinet was sworn in on 21 January.

The first meeting of the new Parliament was held on Friday, 5 February 1999.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 56.54%.

 

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 15 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 41.456
Invalid Votes 199
Total Votes Cast 41,655
Registered Voters 73,673
Voter Turnout 56.54%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Wed, 2 Dec 1998
Nomination Day Tue, 29 Dec 1998
Polling Day Mon, 18 Jan 1999
First Meeting of Parliament Fri, 5 Feb 1999
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Joan PURCELL
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 Representation of the People's Act (1993, amended 2011) Download
ELECTION REPORTS View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
OAS Election Observers Report Download report
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
  New National Party Winner NNP 25,897 62.47% 15 15
  National Democratic Congress NDC 10,396 25.08% 12 0
  Grenada United Labour Party/United Labour GULP/UL 4,853 11.71% 9 0
  Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement MBPM 260 0.63% 7 0
  Good Old Democratic Party GOD 12 0.03% 3 0
  Independent Candidates IND 38 0.09% 2 0
  Total Valid Votes Total 41,456 100% 48 15
ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Constituency   Representative Party
Carriacou & Petite Martinique  

Elvin G. NIMROD

New National Party
St. Andrew South East  

Cuthbert B. MC QUEEN

New National Party
St. Andrew South West  

Michael A. BAPTISTE

New National Party
St. Andrew North East  

Oliver ARCHIBALD

New National Party
St. Andrew North West  

Laurina A. WALDRON

New National Party
St. David  

Joslyn R. WHITEMAN

New National Party
Town of St. George  

Brenda A. HOOD

New National Party
St. George North East  

Augustine JOHN

New National Party
St. George North West  

Keith C. MITCHELL**

New National Party
St. George South East  

Gregory C. BOWEN

New National Party
St. George South  

Mark ISAAC

New National Party
St. John  

Claris C. T. CHARLES

New National Party
St. Mark  

Clarice MODESTE-CURWEN

New National Party
St. Patrick East  

Adrian F. MITCHELL

New National Party
St. Patrick West  

Anthony BOATSWAIN

New National Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND CANDIDATE
Constituency Registered
Voters
Candidate Party  Votes Vote%
Carriacou & Petite Martinique 3,950 Lyle A. BULLEN MBPM 16 0.69%
Elvin G. NIMROD Winner NNP 1,282 55.28%
Joan PURCELL NDC 1,021 44.03%
St. Andrew South East 3,951 Gordon HAMILTON NDC 374 16.69%
Cuthbert B. McQUEEN Winner NNP 1,420 63.36%
Clarence RAPIER GULP/UL 447 19.95%
St. Andrew South West 5,317 Michael BAPTISTE Winner NNP 1,930 67.81%
Osbert CHARLES NDC 736 25.86%
Jerry SEALES GULP/UL 180 6.32%
St. Andrew North East 4,485 Oscar ANDALL MBPM 28 1.11%
Oliver ARCHIBALD Winner NNP 1,493 59.36%
Livingston NELSON NDC 845 33.60%
Neville RENNIE GULP/UL 149 5.92%
St. Andrew North West 4,175 Selwyn HUMPHREY GULP/UL 145 5.59%
Laurina A. WALDRON Winner NNP 1,541 59.43%
Alleyne WALKER NDC 907 34.98%
St. David 8,034 Michael ANDREW NDC 1,830 38.61%
Joslyn WHITEMAN Winner NNP 2,910 61.39%
Town of St. George 4,383 Calude DeCHOTEAU IND 14 0.63%
Brenda A. HOOD Winner NNP 1,364 61.41%
Kent JOSEPH NDC 823 37.06%
Terence MARRYSHOW MBPM 20 0.90%
St. George North East 6,524 Yolande BAPTISTE MBPM 40 1.13%
George BRIZAN NDC 1,510 42.58%
Ausutine JOHN Winner NNP 1,996 56.29%
St. George North West 4,284 Kent FRANCOIS GULP/UL 81 3.23%
Ingrid JACKSON NDC 163 6.50%
Justin McBURNIE GOD 2 0.08%
Keith C. MITCHELL** Winner NNP 2,260 90.18%
St. George South East 4,612 Francis R. ALEXIS GULP/UL 1,043 38.36%
Eunice BELFON GOD 3 0.11%
Gregory BOWEN Winner NNP 1,644 60.46%
Claudius B. LINDSAY MBPM 29 1.07%
St. George South 6,690 Dorset CHARLES IND 24 0.71%
Raphael O.W. FLETCHER GULP/UL 933 27.64%
Mark ISAAC Winner NNP 2,383 70.59%
Richard PETERS MBPM 36 1.07%
St. John 6,130 Laurie CALLISTE MBPM 91 2.70%
Claris C.T. CHARLES Winner NNP 1,675 49.64%
Grace DUNCAN GULP/UL 1,601 47.45%
Wayne K. FREDERICK GOD 7 0.21%
St. Mark 3,197 Henry DeALLIE NDC 691 35.40%
Clarice MODESTE Winner NNP 1,261 64.60%
St. Patrick East 3,378 Abraham DeCOTEAU GULP/UL 274 14.72%
Adrian F. MITCHELL Winner NNP 1,133 60.88%
Tillman THOMAS NDC 454 24.40%
St. Patrick West 4,563 Anthony BOATSWAIN Winner NNP 1,605 60.63%
Kenny LALSINGH NDC 1,042 39.37%
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered Voters NNP NDC GULP/UL MBPM GOD IND Valid Votes Invalid Votes Total Votes Voter Turnout
Carriacou & Petite Martinique 3,950 1,282 1,021 - 16 - - 2,319 13 2,332 59.04%
St. Andrew South East 3,951 1,420 374 447 - - - 2,241 12 2,253 57.02%
St. Andrew South West 5,317 1,930 736 180 - - - 2,846 16 2,862 53.83%
St. Andrew North East 4,485 1,493 845 149 28 - - 2,515 17 2,532 56.45%
St. Andrew North West 4,175 1,541 907 145 - - - 2,593 13 2,606 62.42%
St. David 8,034 2,910 1,830 - - - - 4,740 1 4,741 59.01%
Town of St. George 4,383 1,364 823 - 20 - 14 2,221 10 2,231 50.90%
St. George North East 6,524 1,996 1,510 - 40 - - 3,546 8 3,554 54.48%
St. George North West 4,284 2,260 163 81 - 2 - 2,506 18 2,524 58.92%
St. George South East 4,612 1,644 - 1,043 29 3 - 2,719 27 2,746 59.54%
St. George South 6,690 2,383 - 933 36 - 24 3,376 21 3,397 50.78%
St. John 6,130 1,675 - 1,601 91 7   3,374 24 3,398 55.43%
St. Mark 3,197 1,261 691 - - - - 1,952 9 1,961 61.34%
St. Patrick East 3,378 1,133 454 274 - - - 1,861 6 1,867 55.27%
St. Patrick West 4,563 1,605 1,042 - - - - 2,647 4 2,651 58.10%
Total 73,673 25,897 10,396 4,853 260 12 38 41,456 199 41,655 56.54%
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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