Elections were held for all the members of Parliament. General elections had previously
taken place in July 1973, the sitting of the National Assembly having been extended twice
(in 1978 and 1979) so as to permit the Constituent Assembly to complete the preparation
of a new Constitution. The new Constitution prepared by the Constituent Assembly was promulgated on
6 October 1980* and, on 25 October, elections were announced for December.
In June 1980, the leader of one of the opposition political parties, the Working People's
Alliance (WPA), was assassinated and internal opposition to the People's National Congress
(PNC) Government increased. Most opposition groups, with the notable exception of the
leftist People's Progressive Party (PPP), called for a boycott of the elections. Polling day
procedure was observed by an international team. The PNC, led by President of the Republic
Forbes Burnham (formerly Prime Minister), won four-fifths of the Assembly seats.
Voter turnout was 82.31%.
On 30 January 1981, the newly-elected Parliament held its first sitting.
|Dissolution of House
||Sat, 25 Oct 1980
||Mon, 15 Dec 1980
|First Meeting of New Parliament
||Fri, 30 Jan 1981