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Montserrat General Election Results - 18 March 1955

The general election for the Legislative Council was held on Friday, 18 March 1955.

Electoral System

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

Political Parties & Candidates

Eight candidates contested the 1955 election; The Montserrat Labour Party (MLP), led by William Henry Bramble presented four candidates, while the Merchant Planters presented three candidates. There was also one independent candidate.

Results

The Montserrat Labour Party (MLP) retained the parliamentary majority in government led by William Henry Bramble, winning three of the five seats in the Legislative Council. The other two seats were won by the independent candidate R W Griffiths (who had left the MLP); and by a Merchant Planter, James Wall.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 98.2% of the 2,911 registered voters.

Post-election

The first sitting of the new Legislative Council was held on Wednesday, 23 June 1955.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 5 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 2,824
Invalid Votes 35
Total Votes Cast 2,859
Registered Voters 2,911
Voter Turnout 98.21%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Legislative Assembly -
Nomination Day Fri, 11 Mar 1955
Polling Day Fri, 18 Mar 1955
First Meeting of Parliament Wed, 23 Mar 1955
SUMMARY RESULTS
Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
Montserrat Labour Party MLP 1,246 44.12% 4 4
Merchant Planters MP 1,066 37.75% 1 1
Independents IND 512 18.13% 3 1
Total 2,824 100% 8 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 James Clifford Llewellyn WALL Merchant Planters
Southern Robert William GRIFFITH Independent
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. 83, No. 11 , Thursday  10 March 1955
Leeward Island Gazette, Vol. 83, No. 13 , Monday 21 March 1955
Leeward Island Gazette, Vol. 83, No. 15 , Thursday 31 March 1955
Leeward Island Gazette, Vol. 83, No. 18 , Thursday 21 April 1955
Emmanuel, Patrick A. (1992) Elections & Party Systems in the Commonwealth Caribbean 1944-1991, Caribbean Development Research Service, pp10–24
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