General Elections were held in Trinidad and Tobago on 18 September 1950 for all 18 seats in the Legislative Council. The number of seats had been incresed from nine prior to the election.
The 18 members of the Legislative Council are elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting.
In 1950, the constitution was redrawn. It now provided for a
Legislative Council of 26 members, 18 of them elected; a policymaking
Executive Council of nine (five elected by the Legislative
Council), and a rudimentary ministerial system. Further
constitutional changes followed, and by 1959, the Legislative
Council had more elected members and an elected speaker, and the
ministerial system had developed into a Cabinet elected from the
Legislative Council. The Governor’s powers were circumscribed. He
did not normally chair Cabinet meetings, and had to act in
accordance with the Cabinet’s advice.
Political Parties & Candidates
Six political parties contested the 1950 election.
The result was a victory for the British Empire Citizens' and Workers' Home Rule Party, which won 6 of the 18 seats.
Voter turnout was 70.10%.