There were several elections local and general elections in the Caribbean in 2013. Here is a quick recap of the respective results.
Aruba: General election, 27 September 2013 – Ruling Aruban People’s Party (AVP) retained government winning 13 seats in the Estates of Aruba, with the People’s Electoral Movement (MEP) finishing second with seven seats. Mike Eman continues as Prime Minister.
Barbados: General election, 21 February 2013 – Democratic Labour Party (DLP) retained government by a narrow majority of 16:14 against Barbados Labour Party (BLP). Freundel Stuart continues as Prime Minister.
Cayman Islands: General election, 22 May 2013. Opposition People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) won 9 of 18 seats in the Legislative Assembly. The United Democratic Party (UDP) and Coalition for Cayman (C4C) each won three seats, the People’s National Alliance (PNA) won one seat, and two seats were won by Independents. Alden McLaughlin, of the PPM, becomes new Premier.
Grenada: General election, 19 February 2013 – Opposition New National Party (NNP) gained a landslide victory against National Democratic Congress (NDC) winning all 15 seats in the House of Representatives. Keith Mitchell becomes new Prime Minister.
Trinidad and Tobago: Local government election, 21 October 2013 – Opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) won with an eight-seat majority; United National Congress (UNC) secured five seats. The Independent Liberal Party (ILP) and the Congress of the People (COP) failed to get elected to a single regional corporation.
New Heads of State
In addition to national elections, we also welcome new heads of state and governors in some Caribbean countries:
Dominica – H.E. Charles Savarin, President, 2 October 2013.
Grenada – H.E. Dame Cecile La Grenade, Governor General, 7 May 2013.
Puerto Rico – Alejandro García Padilla, Governor, 2 January 2013
St. Kitts and Nevis – H.E. Sir Edmund Lawrence, Governor General, 2 January 2013.