Saint Kitts and Nevis

National Assembly

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
05.06.2020
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
12.05.2020
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.07.2025
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
11
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
23
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
21
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
2
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
8.7%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
5

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
48,181
Votes Number of people who actually voted
28,064
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
58.25%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Team Unity (see note 1) led by Prime Minister Timothy Harris won the general elections, taking 9 out of 11 seats at stake in the 16-member National Assembly (see note 2). The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), led by former Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, which took the remaining number of seats, filed election petitions, challenging the results. The CARICOM Election Observation Mission said the results of the elections reflected the will of the people. On 8 July, the National Assembly re-elected Mr. A. Michael Perkins as its Speaker. The SKNLP boycotted the session.

The major electoral issues in 2020 included stimulus packages for the post COVID 19 situation, health care, education and tourism.

Note 1:
Team Unity comprises the Prime Minister’s Peoples Labour Party (PLP), the People's Action Movement (PAM, led by Mr. Shawn Richards), the Concerned Citizens' Movement (CCM, led by Mr. Mark Brantley).

Note 2:
In addition to the 11 directly elected members, there are four appointed members (called Senators) and Speaker Perkins, who was elected from outside the National Assembly and became member of parliament by virtue of holding the post. The Attorney General, who used to be an ex-officio member, is one of the senators in the new legislature.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
4
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
80%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
36.36%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
3
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Peoples Labour Party (PLP), People's Action Movement (PAM) and the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Peoples Labour Party (PLP) 2
People's Action Movement (PAM) 4
Concerned Citizens' Movement (CCM) 3
St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) 2
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
10
Number of women elected
1
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
9.09%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
- As at 10 July 2020, there were three women (one elected, two appointed) out of a total of 13 members: 9 directly elected members from the government side, three appointed members (including the Attorney General) and the Speaker.
- On 13 August 2020, two directly-elected members of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) were sworn in and a woman was appointed member, bringing the total number of women to four out of 16 members.
Other notes
Note on the timing of election:
The five-year term of the outgoing legislature, started on 14 May 2015 and was due to expire on 14 May 2020. Elections were due 90 days thereafter (i.e. by 13 August 2020).

Note on the expected date of next elections:
The five-year term of the new legislature started on 8 July 2020. The next elections are due within 90 days as of 8 July 2025.
Women Directly Elected
1
Women Appointed
3

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
12
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
4
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
08.07.2020
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
A. Michael Perkins (Male)
Date of election
08.07.2020