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Montserrat General Election Results - 8 October 1991

General elections were held in Montserrat on 8 October 1991.

Electoral System

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

Background

The previous People's Liberation Movement (PLM) government had broken down in mid-September, following the resignation of Benjamin Chalmers, then the Minister of Communications and Works. Chalmers resigned his membership in the PLM after a series of public and private disagreements with party-leader and Chief Minister John Osborne.

Political Parties & Candidates

Nomination Day was 30 September 2014, one week before the elections. A record 26 persons presented themselves as candidates for the seven Parliamentary seats. The Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), which had been slowly coming together over the previous year, became the National Progressive Party (NPP) with Rueben T. Meade as leader, and fielded seven candidates.  The National Development Party (NDP) presented six, and the PLM, offered four candidates. On Nomination Day, nine independent candidates offered themselves for five of the constituencies.

Election Campaign

With only three weeks in which to campaign, and with three parties and twenty-six candidates contesting seven seats, campaigning was aggressive and direct as never before. The PLM was the only party who chose not to present a manifesto, and in fact was the least aggressive campaigner of the lot. The CCM/NPP had from its inception enjoyed the support of the Civil Servants and the union, and quickly gained that of the young people. They presented themselves as the new generation of politicians who were also technocrats; educated and informed young and better equipped to handle the responsibilities of governing a developing country.

Results

The election resulted in the National Progressive Party (NPP) gaining the parliamentary majority, with four of the seven seats in the Legislative Council under the election campaign slogan of "Give the Youth a Chance".  One seat each went to the other parties contesting the election – the People’s Liberation Movement (PLM) and National Development Party (NDP) – and an independent. 

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 66.8% of the 7,282 registered voters. The winning NPP received 43% of the votes cast.

Post-election

Reuben Meade became the new Chief Minister.  He said that his government would put God first, country second, party third and himself last. He encouraged criticism of Government, and saw development in its broadest sense as the overall improvement in the quality of life for all residents of its island.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 7 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 5,035
Invalid Votes 197
Total Votes Cast 5,232
Registered Voters 7,282
Voter Turnout 71.85%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Legislative Assembly -
Nomination Day Mon, 20 Sep 1991
Polling Day Tue, 8 Oct 1991
SUMMARY RESULTS
Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
National Progressive Party NPP 2,152 43.00% 7 4
People's Liberation Movement PLM 820 16.29% 4 1
National Devleopment Party NDP 1,421 28.22% 6 1
Independents IND 642 12.75% 9 1
Total 5,035 100% 26 7
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
Caribbean Today, 31 Dec 1991: 18.
Emmanuel, Patrick A. (1992) Elections & Party Systems in the Commonwealth Caribbean 1944-1991, Caribbean Development Research Service, pp10–24
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