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Political Parties in Antigua and Barbuda

There were no political parties in the English-speaking Caribbean before universal adult suffrage came to the islands - in 1951 in the case of Antigua and Barbuda. Prior to adult suffrage, interested colonialist who wanted to be in government would place their names on the ballot, together with a deposit to the government treasury. Most of the officials would be elected by their peers in uncontested elections.

In recent times, Antigua and Barbuda has been dominated by two parties - the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) and the United Progressive Party (UPP) . Each party nominates one candidate for each constituency. Independent candidates may also stand for elections. The current government is led by the ABLP.

Below we provide a list of the several parties which have been involved on the political scene of Antigua and Barbuda over the past 60 years.

MAJOR ACTIVE PARTIES
  Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP)
Political Leader: Gaston BROWNE Seats in House of Representatives: 14/17
   
  United Progressive Party (UPP)
Political Leader: Baldwin SPENCER Seats in House of Representatives: 2/17
   
  Democratic National Alliance (DNA)
Political Leader: Joanne MASSIAH Seats in House of Representatives: 1/17
   
  Barbuda People's Movement (BPM)
Political Leader: Trevor WALKER Seats in House of Representatives: 0/17
 
SUMMARY OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND OTHER GROUPS
  Party Code
  Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party ABLP
  Antigua Barbuda People's Movement ABPM
  Antigua Barbuda True Labour Party ABTLP
  Antigua Caribbean Liberation Movement ACLM
  Antigua Democratic Labour Party ADLP
  Antigua Freedom Party AFP
  Antigua National Party ANP
  Antigua People's Party APP
  Barbuda Democratic Movement BDM
  Barbuda Independence Movement BIM
  Barbuda People's Movement BPM
  Barbuda People's Movement for Change BPMC
  Barbudans for a Better Barbuda BBB
  Democratic People's Party DPP
  First Christian Democratic Party FCDP
  Missing Link: Voice of the People MLVOP
  National Labour Party NLP
  National Movement for Change NMC
  National Reform Movement NRM
  New Barbuda Development Movement NBDM
  Organisation for National Development OND
  Progressive Labour Movement PLM
  United National Democratic Party UNDP
  United People's Movement UPM
  United Progressive Party UPP
Note: Colour codes are used for ease of recognition of political parties in data tables and figures. For older parties the colour is not necessarily indicative of the colour used by that party at the time.
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