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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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House of 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.
09.12.2015
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
07.11.2015
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.
31.12.2020
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.
15
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".
43
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
37
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
6
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
No
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
13.95%
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.
4

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
89,527
Votes Number of people who actually voted
65,706
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
73.39%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves' Unity Labour Party (ULP) won an unprecedented fourth consecutive term, holding on to a one-seat majority over the New Democratic Party (NDP), led by former Prime Minister Arnhim Eustace. Mr. Gonsalves' son, Camillo, was elected to parliament for the first time, defeating NDP Chairman, Mr. Linton Lewis. No women were elected in 2015. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on policies to revive economy and to tackle unemployment, especially among young people. The NDP claimed that the elections had been rigged. The Commonwealth Election Observer Team stated the elections were "generally peaceful and relatively well conducted" and the "shortfalls observed…are not significant enough to put in question the credibility of the outcome". On 10 December, Mr. Gonsalves was sworn in for a fourth term as Prime Minister.
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.
50%
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.
53.33%
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
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
United Labour Party (ULP)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
United Labour Party (ULP) 8
New Democratic Party (NDP) 7
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
20
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.
20%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
No women were elected in 2015. Four members (senators) on the government side, including one woman, were sworn in by the Governor General on 14 December 2015. Ms. Judith Jones Morgan was sworn in as Attorney General on 10 December. On 30 December, two senators on the opposition side, including one woman, were sworn in. There are thus three women (one government senator, one opposition senator and the Attorney General, who is an ex officio member) out of 23 members.
Sources
House of Assembly (18.12.2015) Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines The Commonwealth Caribbean Elections
Women Directly Elected
0
Women Appointed
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.
20
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
2
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.
30.11.2015
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.
Jomo Sanga Thomas (Male)
Date of election
29.12.2015