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General Election Results - 7 December 2005

General elections were held on Wednesday, 7 December 2005 for all directly elected members of the House of Assembly following its premature dissolution.  General elections had previously been held in March 2001.

The unicameral Parliament of St. Vincent, the House of Assembly, comprises 15 elected Representatives and six Senators appointed by the Governor-General – four on the advice of the Prime Minister and two on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition.  The normal duration of the legislature is five years.

On 7 December 2005 early elections for the 15 directly elected seats in the House of Assembly were contested by 34 candidates representing three political parties: Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves' Unity Labour Party (ULP) with 15 candidates minority leader Arnhim Eustace's New Democratic Party (NDP) with 15 candidates and the newly formed Green Party led by  Ivan O'Neal fielding four candidates. In the previous elections held in March 2001, the ULP won 12 seats while the remaining three went to the NDP.

During the election campaign, Prime Minister Gonsalves called on voters to support his party's record in government and his infrastructure projects such as a new international airport a cross-island road and a sports stadium.  The opposition NDP presented a 90-page document entitled "The key to economic development - unlocking prosperity for all" which listed 14 targets aimed at creating an economy driven by technological innovation and entrepreneurship.  The plan includes increasing GDP per capita to US 7,000 dollars and raising the employment rate to 90 per cent in 10 years.

Approximately 63.7 per cent of the 91 000 eligible voters turned out at the polls.

The elections were monitored by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  Both organizations concluded that the elections proceeded without major incidents or systemic irregularities.

The ULP won a second consecutive term retaining 12 of the 15 seats in the House of Assembly.  The opposition NDP also maintained its three seats.  The Green Party did not win any seats.  Voter turnout was 63.7%.

Gonsalves continued in his second term as Prime Minister.  The newly elected House of Assembly held its first session on 29 December 2005 and re-elected Hendrick Alexander as Speaker.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
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Total Valid Votes 57,777
Invalid Votes 262
Total Votes Cast 58,039
Population 11,534
Voting Age Population 71,251
Registered Voters 91,033
Voter Turnout 63.76%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Seventh Parliament Mon, 7 Nov 2005
Nomination Day Mon, 21 Nov 2005
Polling Day Wed, 7 Dec 2005
First Meeting of Eighth Parliament Thu, 29 Dec 2005
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Ralph GONSALVES Winner
Unity Labour Party (ULP)
  Photo Arnhim EUSTACE
New Democratic Party (NDP)
  Photo Ivan O'NEAL
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Green Party (SVGP)
PARTY MANIFESTOS
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NDP 2005 Manifesto SVGP 2005 Manifesto
ULP Manifesto unavailable
ELECTION REPORTS
CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission Preliminary Statement Download report
OAS Election Observers Report Download report
RELATED RESOURCES
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Constitution (1979, Revised 1990) Download report
Representation of the People Act (1982, revised 2009) Download report
RESULTS BY PARTY
UNITY LABOUR PARTY
12
seats
55.40% of votes
NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY
3
seats
44.54% of votes
SVG GREEN PARTY
0
seats
0.06% of votes
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code  Votes Number of Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Unity Labour Party ULP 32,006 55.40% -1.1% 15 12 -
  New Democratic Party NDP 25,734 44.54% +3.6% 15 3 -
  SVG Green Party SVGP 37 0.06% +0.1% 4 0 -
  Total Valid Votes Total 57,777 100% - 34 15 -
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
North Windward NW 5,841 2,016 2,405 12 4,433 14 4,447 76.13%
North Central Windward NC 5,724 676 2,887 - 3,563 14 3,577 62.49%
South Central Windward SC 6,173 1,702 2,268 9 3,979 16 3,995 64.72%
South Windward SW 5,924 1,172 2,451 2 3,625 11 3,636 61.38%
Marriaqua MQ 6,551 1,438 2,695 - 4,133 14 4,147 63.30%
East St. George EG 7,600 1,952 2,652 14 4,618 18 4,636 61.00%
West St. George WG 6,996 1,678 2,414 - 4,092 22 4,114 58.81%
East Kingstown EK 7,084 2,300 2,143 - 4,443 13 4,456 62.90%
Central Kingstown CK 7,016 1,965 1,981 - 3,946 10 3,956 56.39%
West Kingstown WK 6,821 1,977 2,012 - 3,989 38 4,027 59.04%
South Leeward SL 7,175 2,203 2,318 - 4,521 16 4,537 63.23%
Central Leeward CL 6,031 1,784 2,354 - 4,138 16 4,154 68.88%
North Leeward NL 5,481 1,958 1,980 - 3,938 14 3,952 72.10%
Northern Grenadines NG 3,919 1,855 647 - 2,502 14 2,516 64.20%
Southern Grenadines SG 2,697 1,058 799 - 1,857 32 1,889 70.04%
Total   91,033 25,734 32,006 37 57,777 262 58,039 63.76%
ELECTED MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
  Representative Party
North Windward   DANIEL, Montgomery Unity Labour Party
North Central Windward   GONSALVES, Ralph Everard* Unity Labour Party
South Central Windward   WALTERS, Selmon Unity Labour Party
South Windward   BEACHE, Glen Unity Labour Party
Marriaqua   MIGUEL, Girlyn Unity Labour Party
East St. George   BURGIN, Clifton Clayton Fitzroy Unity Labour Party
West St. George   BROWNE, Michael Rayfield Cornelius Unity Labour Party
East Kingstown   EUSTACE, Arnhim Ulric New Democratic Party
Central Kingstown   SAYERS, Conrad Unity Labour Party
West Kingstown   BAPTISTE, Rene Unity Labour Party
South Leeward   SLATER, Douglas Unity Labour Party
Central Leeward   STRAKER, Louis Unity Labour Party
North Leeward   THOMPSON, Jerrol Unity Labour Party
Northern Grenadines   FRIDAY, Godwin L. New Democratic Party
Southern Grenadines   OLLIVIERRE, Terrance Nathaniel New Democratic Party
Key
DRP= Democratic Republican Party; NDP = New Democratic Party; SVGP = St. Vincent and the Grenadines Green Party; ULP = Unity Labour Party; IND = Independent; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
The Electoral Office of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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