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Montserrat General Election Results - November 1978

The general election for the Legislative Council was held in November 1978.

Electoral System

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

Background

The Legislative Council was dissolved on Thursday, 2 November 1978.

Political Parties & Candidates

Eighteen candidates contested the elections; both the People’s Liberation Movement (PLM) and the ruling Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) nominated seven candidates, with four independents also running.

Results

The election was dominated by the People’s Liberation Movement (PLM) led by John A. Osborne, winning all seven of the seats in the Legislative Council.  The former parliamentary majority party, the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) won no seats.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 78.2% of the 5,679 registered voters.

Post-election

John A. Osborne became the new Chief Minister.
ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 7 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 4,261
Invalid Votes 100
Total Votes Cast 4,361
Registered Voters 5,679
Voter Turnout 76.79%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Legislative Assembly Thu, 2 Nov 1978
Nomination Day Nov 1978
Polling Day Nov 1978
SUMMARY RESULTS
Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
People's Liberation Movement PLM 2,746 64.44% 7 7
Progressive Democratic Party PDP 1,322 31.03% 7 0
Independents IND 193 4.53% 4 0
Total 4,261 100% 18 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 Franklyn MARGETSON People's Liberation Movement
Eastern Noel TUITT People's Liberation Movement
Southern Joseph A. TAYLOR People's Liberation Movement
Northern Joseph Benjamin CHALMERS People's Liberation Movement
North-Western John A. OSBORNE People's Liberation Movement
Windward T.E. MEADE People's Liberation Movement
Central John S. DUBLIN People's Liberation Movement
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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