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General Election Results - 29 September 1976

General elections were held in Turks and Caicos Islands on 29 September 1976.

There were 11 seats in 11 constituencies throughout the islands.

In 1973, the Junkanoo Club, a youth organization was founded by the late James A.G.S. McCartney. Early in 1976 the Junkanoo Club, formed the Turks & Caicos second political party, the People’s Democratic Movement (P.D.M.) under the leadership of the late James A.G.S. McCartney to contest the general election late in the year.

Prior to the 1976 General Election, the members of the State Council, led by the Hon. N.B. Saunders, caucus, the Progressive National Organization (PNO) to challenge the PDM.

Two parties contested the election – Progressive National Organisation (PNO) and the People's Democratic Movement (PDM).

A total of 22 Candidates were nominated to contest the 11 seats. These included: 11 from the PNO, 8 from the PDM, and 3 Independent Candidates

The result was a victory for the PDM winning 5 of 9 seats. The PNO won 4 seats, and two seats went to independent candidates. The two independent candidates joined with the PDM to form the government.

The PDM formed the first Ministerial Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands on 5 October 1976. PDM leader JAGS MCartney became the territory's first Chief Minister.

Voter turnout was 81.34%.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
Total Valid Votes 2,398
Invalid Votes 38
Total Votes Cast 2,436
Registered Voters 2,995
Voter Turnout 81.34%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Wed, 29 Sep 1976
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo JAGS McCARTNEY Winner
People's Democratic Movement (PDM)
  Photo Norman SAUNDERS Winner
Progressive National Organisation (PNO)
BY THE NUMBERS
PDM
11
candidates
5
seats
PNO
11
candidates
4
seats
IND
5
candidates
2
seats
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes
  People's Democratic Movement Winner PDM 956 39.87% 8 5
  Progressive National Organisaiton PNO 1,008 42.04% 11 4
  Independents IND 434 18.10% 5 2
  Total Valid Votes   2,398 82% 19 11
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SUMMARY BY ELECTORAL DISTRICT AND PARTY
Electoral District Registered Voters PDM PNO IND Valid Votes Invalid Votes Total Votes Voter Turnout
First District (Grand Turk - West Road) 297 157 85 - 242 6 248 83.50%
Second District (Grand Tturk - Overback) 367 137 145 36 318 5 323 88.01%
Third District (Grand Turk - North Backsalina) 289 193 22 - 215 2 217 75.09%
Fourth District (Grand Turk - South Backsalina) 329 146 96 - 242 14 256 77.81%
Fifth District (South Caicos North) 250 49 61 - 110 0 224 89.60%
Sixth Distric (Salt Cay) 132 61 49 - 110 0 110 83.33%
Seventh District (South Caicos South) 226 - 76 121 197 1 198 87.61%
Eighth District (Bottle Creek - North Caicos) 359 - 90 200 290 4 294 81.89%
Ninth District (Kew, North Caicos) 211 64 136 - 200 4 204 96.68%
Tenth District (Providenciales) 325 149 136 - 285 2 287 88.31%
Eleventh District (Middle Caicos) 210 - 112 77 189 0 189 90.00%
Total 2,995 956 1,008 434 2,398 38 2,550 85.14%
ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
District   Representative Party
Grand Turk   McCARTNEY, James Alexander George Smith People's Democratic Movement
Salt Cay   WILSON, Henry Leon People's Democratic Movement
Grand Turk   ASTWOOD, Lewis Edwin III People's Democratic Movement
Provo   COX, Walter Ebeneser People's Democratic Movement
Grand Turk   SKIPPINGS, Oswald O'Neal People's Democratic Movement
Middle Caicos   MALCOLM, Daniel Manfred Progressive National Party
Grand Turk   FRANCIS, Nathaniel Joseph Selver Progressive National Party
North Caicos   BUTTERFIELD, Albray Victor Progressive National Party
South Caicos   SAUNDERS, Norman Benjamin Progressive National Party
South Caicos   MAGUIRE, Charles Williams Independent
North Caicos   WILLIAMS, Daniel Anthony Independent
Key
PDM = People's Democratic Movement; PDA = Progressive Democratic Alliance; PNP = Progressive National Party; IND = Independent; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
Turks and Caicos Statistics. Retrieved from http://www.sppdtci.com/election-years
http://www.gov.ai/elections/
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