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During the course of an election campaign, political parties generally produce manifestos to help voters decide who to vote for.  A manifesto is the general term used to describe the published declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of an individual, group, political party or government. It some countries, the document my be referred to as the party platform, or programme for government.

We've listed over 240 manifestos from political parties across the Caribbean dating back to 1981. The list is sorted by country, political party, and election year. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and eliminate any links that close, are found to be unfactual or deceptive.

Browse Manifestos by Country
flag Anguilla Manifestos by Country
Anguilla United Front (AUF) 2015 2010      
Anguilla United Movement (AUM) 2015 2010      
Independent Candaidates (IND) 2015 -      
flag Antigua and Barbuda Manifestos by Country
Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) 2014 2009 2004 1999  
Antigua Barbuda True Labour Party (ABTLP) 2014 - - -  
Barbuda People's Movement (BPM) - 2009 2004 -  
United Progressive Party (UPP) 2014 2009 2004 1999  
flag Aruba Manifestos by Country
Aruban People's Party (AVP) 2017 2013 2009 -  
Cristiannan Uni Reforzando Potencial di Aruba (CURPA) 2017 - 2009 -  
Movimiento Arubano Soberano (MAS) 2017 - - -  
Movimento Patriótico Arubano (MPA) - - 2009 -  
Movimiento Social Independiente (MSI/OLA) - - 2009 -  
Partido Patriotico di Aruba (PPA) - 2013 2009 -  
People's Electoral Movement (MEP) 2017 2013 2009 2006  
Pueblo Orguyoso y Respeta (POR) 2017 - - -  
Real Democracy (PDR) - 2013 2009 -  
RAIZ 2017 - - -  
Red Electoral Democratico (RED) - 2013 2009 -  
Union Patriotico Progresista (UPP) 2017 2013 - -  
flag Bahamas Manifestos by Country
Bahamas Constitution Party (BCP) - 2012 -    
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) 2017 2012 -    
Free National Movement (FNM) 2017 2012 2007    
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) 2017 2012 2007    
flag Barbados Manifestos by Country
Barbados Labour Party (BLP) 2013 2008 2003 1999 1994 1991 1986 1981 1976 1971
Democratic Labour Party (DLP) 2013 2008 2003 - 1994 1991 - 1981 - -
National Democratic Party (NDP) - - - - 1994 - - - - -
People's Empowerment Party (PEP) - 2008 - - - - - - - -
flag Belize Manifestos by Country
People's United Party (PUP) 2015 2012 2008    
United Democratic Party (UDP) 2015 2012 2008    
flag Bermuda Manifestos by Country
One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) 2017 2012 - - -
Progressive Labour Party (PLP) 2017 2012 2007 - 1998
United Bermuda Party (UBP) - - - 2003 -
flag Bonaire Manifestos by Country
Boinaire Patriotic Union (UPB) - - 2007    
Pro Hustistia Union (PHU) 2015 2011 -    
flag British Virgin Islands Manifestos by Country
National Democratic Party (NDP) 2015 2011      
People's Patriotic Alliance (PPA) - 2011      
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) 2015 2011      
flag Cayman Islands Manifestos by Country
Cayman Democratic Party (CDP formerly UDP) 2017 2013 2009    
Coalition for Caymans - 2013 -    
People's Progressive Movement (PPM) 2017 2013 -    
flag Curaçao Manifestos by Country
Movementu Futuro Kòrsou (MFK) 2017 - -    
Movementu Progresivo (MP) - 2016 -    
Partido Antiá Restrukturá (PAR) 2017 - 2012    
Partido Inovashon Nashonal (PIN) 2017 - -    
Partido MAN (MAN) - 2016 -    
Partido Nashonal di Pueblo (PNP) 2017 2016 -    
Partido pa Adelanto I Inovashon Soshal (PAIS) - 2016 2012    
flag Dominica Manifestos by Country
Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) - 2009 -    
Dominica Labour Party (DLP) 2014 2009 -    
United Workers Party (UWP) 2014 2009 2005    
flag Grenada Manifestos by Country
National Democratic Congress (NDC) 2013 2008      
New National Party (NNP) 2013 2008      
Good Old Democracy (GOD) 2013 -      
United Labour Platform - 2008      
flag Guyana Manifestos by Country
A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) 2015 2011 - - - -
Alliance for Change (AFC) 2015 2011 - - - -
People's Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) 2015 2011 - - - -
People's National Congreee Reform (PNCR) - - 2006 - -  
The United Front 2015 2011 2006 1997 1992 1964
United Republican Party (URP) 2015 - - - - -
flag Jamaica Manifestos by Country
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) 2016 2011 2007    
Marcus Garvey People's Political Party (MGPPP) - 2011 -    
National Democratic Movement (NDM) - 2011 -    
People's National Party (PNP) 2016 2011 2007    
flag Montserrat Manifestos by Country
Alliance of Independent Candidates (AIC) 2014 - -    
Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP) 2014 2009 -    
Montserrat Democratic Party (MDP) - 2009 2006    
People's Democratic Movement (PDM) 2014 - -    
flag Puerto Rico Manifestos by Country
Movimiento Unión Soberanista (MUS) - 2012 -    
Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP) - 2012 2008    
Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP) 2016 2012 2008    
Partido Popular Democrático (PPD) - 2012 2008    
Partido Puertorriqueños por Puerto Rico (PPR) - 2012 2008    
Partido del Pueblo Trabajador (PPT) 2016 2012 -    
flag Saba Manifestos by Country
Saba Labour Party (SLP) 2015        
Windward Islands People's Movement (WIPM) 2015        
flag Saint Kitts and Nevis Manifestos by Country
Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) - 2015 2010 -  
Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) 2017 2015 - 2006  
People's Action Movement (PAM) - 2015 - -  
People's Labour Party (PLP) - 2015 - -  
St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKLP) - 2015 2010 2004  
flag Saint Lucia Manifestos by Country
National Development Movement (NDM) 2011 -      
St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) 2011 -      
United Workers Party (UWP) 2011 2006      
flag Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Manifestos by Country
Democratic Republican Party (DRP) 2015 - -    
New Democratic Party (NDP) 2015 - 2005    
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Green Party (GP) 2015 2010 2005    
Unity Labour Party (ULP) 2015 2010 -    
flag Sint Eustatius Manifestos by Country
Democratic Party (DP) 2015 2011 -    
United People's Coalition (UPC) - 2011 -    
flag Sint Maarten Manifestos by Country
Democratic Party (DP) 2016 2014 -    
Helping Our People Excel (HOPE) 2016 - -    
National Alliance (NA) 2016 2014 2007    
One St. Maarteen People Party (OSPP) 2016 2014 -    
People's Progressive Allaince (PPA) 2016 - -    
St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) 2016 - -    
St. Maarten Development Movement (SDM) 2016 - -    
United People's Party (UPP) 2016 2014 -    
United St. Maarten Party (UPP) 2016 2014 -    
flag Suriname Manifestos by Country
Democratie en Ontwikkeling in Eenheid (DOE) - 2010 -    
Duurzaam, Rechtvaardig Samenleven (DRS) 2015 - -    
Mega Combinatie (MC) - 2010 -    
Nieuw Front (NF) - 2010 2005    
Pertjajah Luhur (PL) - 2010 -    
V7 2015 - -    
Vooruitstrevende Hervormingspartij (VHP) 2015 - -    
flag Trinidad and Tobago Manifestos by Country
Congress of the People (COP) - - 2007    
Independent Liberal Party (ILP) 2015 - -    
New National Vision (NNV) 2015 - -    
People's National Movement (PNM) 2015 2010 -    
People's Partnership (PP) 2015 2010 -    
Tobago Forwards 2015 - -    
Trinidad Humanity Campaign 2015 - -    
flag Turks and Caicos Islands Manifestos by Country
People's Democratic Movement (PDM) 2012        
Function of the Manifesto
The party manifesto generally provides a guide to the policies each party plans to introduce during their term of office if elected and therefore form the basis of its campaign. Voting for that party means that the voter is effectively endorsing that blueprint and giving them a mandate to govern.

A manifesto can be just a simple list of policy ideas, although these days political manifestos tend to be lengthy documents which explain the party’s policies on a wide range of issues in great detail. The key feature of a political manifesto is that it will usually say what the party’s policies are, as well as giving some kind of explanation as to what each policy is trying to achieve and why that would be a good thing, in order to persuade the voter to support it. Manifestos usually cover a wide range of political issues, including the economy, health, education, welfare, jobs, housing, defence, the environment and foreign policy.

Branding is an extremely important feature of modern political manifestos. This usually begins with a title which tries to make the party sound appealing to voters, and often contains some kind of reference to the core theme of the party’s election campaign. In addition, as manifestos are designed to try to persuade the reader to vote for a particular party, they tend to repeat certain key ideas and phrases which they want the voters to associate with their campaign.

In addition, whereas some successful parties view their manifestos as a social contract with the electorate, others do not beleive so. As such the manifesto promises are not binding; political parties do not actually have to do any of the things they said they would in their manifesto if they succeed in getting elected, although they have to be careful, because failing to implement certain policies can leave voters feeling betrayed, leading to a negative backlash.

Traditionally, printed copies of manifestos were distributed at campaign rallies, by mail, or in person. With the advent of technology, several parties now tend to distirbute digital versions of the manifesto through their website or social media. It’s generally acknowledged, however, that very few people will actually read party manifestos – they tend to vote by party and personality.

Additional Resources
You may also find the following resources useful:
Download Politics - The Basics
Download Caribbean Political Parties in the Caribbean
Download Political Parties: Functions and Organisation in Democratic Societies [BOOK]
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