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Montserrat General Election Results - February 1983

The general election for the Legislative Council was held in February 1983.

Electoral System

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

Political Parties & Candidates

Twenty-two candidates contested the elections; the People’s Liberation Movement (PLM) led by Chief Minister John Osborne; and the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) both nominated seven, the United National Front (UNF) nominated four, with the other four candidates running as independents, three of which contested the Northern constituency.

Results

The People’s Liberation Movement (PLM) led by John A. Osborne retained the parliamentary majority in government but with a reduced parliamentary majority, winning five of the seven seats in the Legislative Council.    The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) was the other party contesting the election. 

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 74.7% of the 6,213 registered voters.

Post-election

Osborne continued in his second term as Chief Minister.
ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 7 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 4,574
Invalid Votes 64
Total Votes Cast 4,638
Registered Voters 6,231
Voter Turnout 74.65%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Legislative Assembly -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Feb 1983
SUMMARY RESULTS
Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
People's Liberation Movement PLM 2,517 55.03% 7 5
Progressive Democratic Party PDP 1,587 34.70% 7 0
United National Front UNF 251 5.49% 4 0
Independents IND 219 4.79% 4 2
Total 4,574 100% 22 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
Southern Percival Austin BRAMBLE Progressive Democratic Party
Plymouth Franklyn MARGETSON People's Liberation Movement
Windward David S. BRANDT People's Liberation Movement
Eastern Noel TUITT People's Liberation Movement
Northern Joseph Benjamin CHALMERS People's Liberation Movement
Northwestern John A. OSBORNE People's Liberation Movement
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
Emmanuel, Patrick A. (1992) Elections & Party Systems in the Commonwealth Caribbean 1944-1991, Caribbean Development Research Service, pp10–24
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