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Barbados

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House of Assembly

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

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.
21.02.2013
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
29.01.2013
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.
31.05.2023
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.
30
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".
68
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
56
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
12
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
17.65%
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

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart's Democratic Labour Party (DLP) retained power with a 2- seat majority, defeating the Barbados Labour Party (BLP). On 22 February, Governor General, Sir Elliott Belgrave, swore him into the office. Mr. Stuart had assumed the post in October 2010 when his predecessor David Thompson passed away. During the election campaign, the DLP pledged to establish a Barbados that is "socially balanced, economically viable, environmentally sound and characterized by good governance". The BLP promised to lower VAT on electricity and food from 17.5% to 15% so as to reduce the cost of living. BLP leader Owen Arthur, conceding defeat, resigned after the elections and was succeeded by Ms. Mia Mottley.
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%
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
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
25
Number of women elected
5
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.
16.67%
Sources
Parliament (28.02.2013) http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/538/
Women Directly Elected
5

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.
25
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.
5
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.
06.03.2013
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.
Michael Carrington (Male)
Political party
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)