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Grenada General Election Results - 27 November 2003

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On 19 October, on the last day of his party's national convention, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell announced that general elections would be held on 27 November 2003, thus moving parliamentary elections up by nine months.

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

Some 65 candidates from five parties competed for the 15 parliamentary seats of the House of Representatives. 

Election Campaign

During the electionl campaign, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, who heads the ruling New National Party (NNP), expressed confidence that his party would be returned to office. He was seeking an unprecedented third four-year term, and cited his party' recent accomplishments as a government, i.e. the constructions of a new hospital, stadium, ministerial complex and cruise-ship pier. Nevertheless, Mr. Mitchell's economic policy over the past five years was the subject of harsh criticism from the opposition, which was spread across four political parties. 

The main opposition National Democratic Congress headed by Mr Tillman Thomas focused its campaign on accusations that the NNP had wasted public funds and mismanaged the economy. 

In the last elections in 1999, the NNP had won an overwhelming victory, obtaining all 15 seats at stake and Parliament was without an opposition until Mr Michael Baptiste left the government midway through the term and became the leader of the Opposition. He later joined the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP), on whose ticket he contested the 2003 elections.

Results

The NNP was narrowly returned to power as it had won eight seats, as compared with seven for the National Democratic Congress. The results represented a setback for Mitchell, even though he retained his St. George's West constituency. According to analysts, these were the most contentious and closely fought general elections in the island's 30 years of independence.

The seventh session of the Grenada Parliament was officially opened on 9 January 2004. For the first time in history, there was no unanimous choice for the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The government had nominated Mr. Lawrence Joseph and the opposition Ms. Cecelia Quashie. Mr. Joseph was finally chosen after the first secret ballot. On the same day, Ms. Leslie-Ann Seon was unanimously elected as President of the Senate.

The first meeting of the new Parliament was held on Friday, 9 January 2004.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 57.71%.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 15 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 47,239
Invalid Votes 240
Total Votes Cast 47,479
Registered Voters 82,278
Voter Turnout 57.71%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Wed, 29 Oct 2003
Nomination Day Wed, 5 Nov 2003
Polling Day Thu, 27 Nov 2003
First Meeting of Parliament Fri, 9 Jan 2004
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Tillman THOMAS
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
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PARTY MANIFESTOS View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
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NDC 2003 Manifesto
   
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
  New National Party Winner NNP 22,566 47.77% 15 8
  National Democratic Congress NDC 21,445 45.40% 15 7
  Grenada United Labour Party GULP 2,248 4.76% 14 -
  People's Labour Movement PLM 928 1.96% 15 -
  Good Old Democratic Party GOD 10 0.02% 2 -
  Grenada Renaissance Party GRP 6 0.01% 1 -
  Independent Candidates IND 36 0.08% 2 -
  Total Valid Votes Total 47,239 100% 64 15
ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Constituency     Representative Party
Carriacou & Petite Martinique   Elvin G. NIMROD New National Party
St. Andrew South East   Kenrick O. FULLERTON National Democratic Congress
St. Andrew South West   Yolande BAIN-JOSEPH New National Party
St. Andrew North East   Roland BHOLA New National Party
St. Andrew North West   Alleyne WALKER National Democratic Congress
St. David   Michael D. LETT National Democratic Congress
Town of St. George   Peter C. DAVID National Democratic Congress
St. George North East   V. Nazim BURKE National Democratic Congress
St. George North West   Keith C. MITCHELL** New National Party
St. George South East   Gregory C. BOWEN New National Party
St. George South   Glynis ROBERTS National Democratic Congress
St. John   Claris C.T. CHARLES New National Party
St. Mark   Clarice MODESTE-CURWEN New National Party
St. Patrick East   Tillman THOMAS** National Democratic Congress
St. Patrick West   Anthony BOATSWAIN New National Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND CANDIDATE
Constituency Registered
Voters
Candidate Party  Votes Vote%
Carriacou & Petite Martinique 4,380 Donald S. CHARLES PLM 5 0.17%
Elvin G. NIMROD Winner NNP 1,431 50.03%
George W. PRIME NDC 1,424 49.79%
St. Andrew South East 4,435 Kenrick FULLERTON Winner NDC 1,313 50.54%
Cuthbert McQUEEN NNP 1,144 44.03%
Paul K. MITCHELL PLM 5 0.19%
Clarence RAPIER GULP 136 5.23%
St. Andrew South West 5,841 Yolande BAIN-HORSFORD Winner NNP 1,251 38.43%
Michael BAPTISTE GULP 792 24.33%
Osbert CHARLES NDC 1,203 36.96%
Denis GILBERT PLM 9 0.28%
St. Andrew North East 5,079 Roland BHOLA Winner NNP 1,370 49.53%
Keith BRAVBOY GULP 116 4.19%
Harford FLANDERS PLM 60 2.17%
Ingrid RUSH NDC 1,196 43.24%
Joan WILLIAMS IND 24 0.87%
St. Andrew North West 4,546 Rodney MARK PLM 18 0.65%
Clifford ROBERTSON GULP 53 1.93%
Laurina A. WALDRON NNP 1,082 39.32%
Alleyne WALKER Winner NDC 1,599 58.10%
St. David 8,946 Bernard JONES PLM 21 0.39%
Michael D. LETT Winner NDC 2,829 52.42%
Jerome ROMAIN GULP 202 3.74%
Joslyn WHITEMAN NNP 2,345 43.45%
Town of St. George 4,768 Peter C. DAVID Winner NDC 1,280 51.36%
Raphael FLETCHER PLM 30 1.20%
Wilfred HAYES GULP 44 1.77%
Brenda HOOD NNP 1,138 45.67%
St. George North East 7,207 Nazim V. BURKE Winner NDC 2,234 56.73%
Washington EDWARDS GRP 6 0.15%
Augustine JOHN NNP 1,545 39.23%
Dennis JOSEPH GULP 106 2.69%
Terence MARRYSHOW PLM 47 1.19%
St. George North West 4,793 Cecil E. HARRIS GULP 41 1.48%
Gillian B. LEWIS PLM 7 0.25%
Keith C. MITCHELL Winner NNP 2,295 82.64%
Joan M. PURCELL NDC 434 15.63%
St. George South East 5,251 Francis R. ALEXIS PLM 543 17.92%
Gregory BOWEN Winner NNP 1,459 48.15%
Norman DeSOUZA GULP 70 2.31%
David LAMBERT NDC 958 31.62%
St. George South 7,966 Eunice BELFON GOD 5 0.12%
Frank CAESAR IND 12 0.28%
Dorset CHARLES PLM 37 0.87%
Ann-David ANTOINE NNP 1,795 42.37%
Gloria PAYNE-BANFIELD GULP 294 6.94%
Glynis ROBERTS Winner NDC 2,093 49.41%
St. John 6,513 Claris CHARLES Winner NNP 1,855 49.02%
Michael A. CHURCH NDC 1,796 47.46%
Osbert DeCOTEAU PLM 14 0.37%
Herbert J. PREUDHOMME GULP 119 3.14%
St. Mark 3,558 Gordon BOLAH GULP 39 1.82%
Wayne FRANCIS PLM 21 0.98%
Osbourne JAMES NDC 659 30.82%
Clarice MODESTE-CURWEN Winner NNP 1,419 66.37%
St. Patrick East 3,896 Reynold C. BENJAMIN GULP 113 4.89%
Gordon JOHN PLM 16 0.69%
Adrian MITCHELL NNP 1,068 46.23%
Tillman THOMAS Winner NDC 1,113 48.18%
St. Patrick West 5,099 Anthony BOATSWAIN Winner NNP 1,369 47.11%
Joseph GILBERT NDC 1,314 45.22%
Kenny LALSINGH PLM 100 3.44%
Justin McBURNIE GOD 5 0.17%
Lennox McLEISH GULP 118 4.06%
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered Voters NNP NDC GULP PLM GRP GOD IND Valid Votes Invalid Votes Total Votes Voter Turnout
Carriacou & Petite Martinique 4,380 1,431 1,424 5   - - - 2,860 10 2,870 65.53%
St. Andrew South East 4,435 1,144 1,313 136 5 - - - 2,598 9 2,607 58.78%
St. Andrew South West 5,841 1,251 1,203 792 9 - - - 3,255 22 3,277 56.10%
St. Andrew North East 5,079 1,370 1,196 116 60 - - 24 2,766 18 2,784 54.81%
St. Andrew North West 4,546 1,082 1,599 53 18 - - - 2,752 13 2,765 60.82%
St. David 8,946 2,345 2,829 202 21 - - - 5,397 20 5,417 60.55%
Town of St. George 4,768 1,138 1,280 44 30 - - - 2,492 8 2,500 52.43%
St. George North East 7,207 1,545 2,234 106 47 6 - - 3,938 8 3,946 54.75%
St. George North West 4,793 2,295 434 41 7 - - - 2,777 12 2,789 58.19%
St. George South East 5,251 1,459 958 70 543 - - - 3,030 24 3,054 58.16%
St. George South 7,966 1,795 2,093 294 37 - 5 12 4,236 20 4,256 53.43%
St. John 6,513 1,855 1,796 119 14 - - - 3,784 30 3,814 58.56%
St. Mark 3,558 1,419 659 39 21 - - - 2,138 8 2,146 60.31%
St. Patrick East 3,896 1,068 1,113 113 16 - - - 2,310 15 2,325 59.68%
St. Patrick West 5,099 1,369 1,314 118 100 - 5 - 2,906 23 2,929 57.44%
Total 82,278 22,566 21,445 2,248 928 6 10 36 47,239 240 47,479 57.71%
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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