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Montserrat General Election Results - 20 February 1952

The general election for the Legislative Council was held on Wednesday, 20 February 1952

Electoral System

The five members of the Legislative Council were elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting.

Background

The 1952 general election was the first election in Montserrat held under universal suffrage, which had been introduced the previous year.

Political Parties & Candidates

Nine candidates contested the 1952 election; with the Montserrat Labour Party (MLP) running a full slate of candidates and the Merchant Planters (MP) putting forward four. As a result, Michael E. Walkinshaw of the MLP was elected unopposed in the Central constituency.

Results

The result was a victory for the Montserrat Labour Party, which won all five seats in the Legislative Council.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 99.8% of the 3,019 registered voters.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 5 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 2,926
Invalid Votes 88
Total Votes Cast 3,014
Registered Voters 3,019
Voter Turnout 99.83%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Legislative Assembly -
Nomination Day Mon, 11 Feb 1952
Polling Day Wed, 20 Feb 1952
SUMMARY RESULTS
Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
Montserrat Labour Party MLP 2,033 69.48% 5 5
Merchant Planters MP 893 30.52% 4 0
Total 2,926 100% 9 5
ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
The unicameral Legislative Council includes 5 members popularly elected to serve five-year terms. The Council was constituted as follows:
Constituency Representative Party
Southern Brunel Wycliffe EDWARDS Montserrat Labour Party
Southern Robert William GRIFFITH Montserrat Labour Party
Northern Edward Theophilus EDGECOMBE Montserrat Labour Party
Windward William Henry BRAMBLE Montserrat Labour Party
Central Michael Edward WALKINSHAW Montserrat Labour Party
Key
MCAP = Movement for Change and Prosperity; MNC = Montserrat National Congress; MULP = Montserrat United Labour Party; PDM = People's Democratic Movement; IND = Independent Candidate; *incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
Leeward Island Gazette, Vol 80, No. 12, Thursday, 6th March 1952.
Emmanuel, Patrick A. (1992) Elections & Party Systems in the Commonwealth Caribbean 1944-1991, Caribbean Development Research Service, pp10–24
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