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Saint Lucia

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House of Assembly

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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.
06.06.2016
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
19.05.2016
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Early election
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
30.06.2021
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.
17
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".
39
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
33
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
6
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
15.38%
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.
3

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
160,465

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The United Workers Party (UWP), now led by former tourism minister Allen Chastanet, regained power after four years in opposition, taking 11 of the 17 seats. Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), who was seeking a fourth term in office, conceded defeat and announced that he would not be the Leader of the opposition in the new House of Assembly. Mr. Chastanet was sworn in as Prime Minister on 7 June. Elections were not constitutionally required until April 2017 but the Prime Minister called early elections in May, stating that they were needed to ensure "peace, stability and certainty" in the country. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on measures to stimulate the economy, reducing unemployment and tax reforms, including the reduction of the VAT.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
2
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.
66.67%
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.
64.71%
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.
Yes
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
United Workers Party (UWP)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
United Workers Party (UWP) 11
Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) 6
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
15
Number of women elected
3
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.
17.65%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
The 'Distribution of seats' above refers to the 17 directly elected members. The 'Distribution of seats according to sex' refers to all 18 members of the House of Assembly (17 directly elected members and the Speaker). Ms. Leonne Theodore-John, who was not one of the directly elected members, became a member of the House by virtue of her election as Speaker.
Other notes
Expected date of next elections: June - October 2021. The term of the house is five years from the first session. General Elections are constitutionally due for the latest, three months after the first sitting of Parliament.
Sources
House of Assembly (13.06.2016) Government of Saint Lucia St lucia News Caribbean News Now
Women Directly Elected
2
Women Other
1

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.
15
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.
3
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.
12.07.2016
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.
Leonne Theodore-John (Female)
Political party
United Workers Party (UWP)
Date of election
12.07.2016