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Montserrat General Election Results - 20 September 1973

Early general elections were held in Montserrat on 20 September 1973.

Electoral System

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

Background

Following the 1970 elections, the next elections were not due until March 1976. However, Bramble asked the Governor to dissolve the Legislative Council on 7 August, resulting in early elections. Bramble claimed that he required a new mandate to combat racism in the island's education system.

Political Parties & Candidates

Fifteen candidates contested the 1973 election.  The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), led by Chief Minister Percival Austin Bramble, presented a full slated of seven candidates, while the Montserrat Action Party (MAP) presented two candidates.  There were also six independent candidates.

Results

The result was a victory for the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), which won five of the seven seats in the Legislative Council.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 70.3% of the 5,051 registered voters.

Post-election

PDP leader Percival Austin Bramble remained Chief Minister.
ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 7 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 3,361
Invalid Votes 56
Total Votes Cast 3,417
Registered Voters 5,051
Voter Turnout 67.65%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Legislative Assembly -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Thu. 20 Sep 1973
SUMMARY RESULTS
Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
Progressive Democratic Party PDP 2,414 71.82% 8 6
Montserrat Action Party MAP 106 3.15% 1 0
Independents IND 841 25.02% 6 1
Total 3,361 100% 15 7
ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
The unicameral Legislative Council includes 7 members popularly elected to serve five-year terms. The Council was constituted as follows:
Constituency Representative Party
Plymouth Percival Austin BRAMBLE Progressive Democratic Party
Eastern W.H. RYAN Progressive Democratic Party
Southern Mary Rose TUITT Progressive Democratic Party
Northern J. J. WEEKES Progressive Democratic Party
North-Western John A. OSBORNE Independent
Windward Richard G. JOSEPH Progressive Democratic Party
Central Eustace A. DYER Progressive Democratic 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
Montserrat Electoral Commission
Fergus, H.A. 1981. Electoral Behaviour in Montserrat. Caribbean Quarterley, Vol. 27, No. 1. Electoral Politics (March 1981), pp. 32-41.
Emmanuel, Patrick A. (1992) Elections & Party Systems in the Commonwealth Caribbean 1944-1991, Caribbean Development Research Service, pp10–24
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