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Belize

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House of Representatives

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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.
04.11.2015
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
28.09.2015
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.
30.11.2020
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.
31
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".
90
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
80
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
10
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.
11.11%
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
196,587
Votes Number of people who actually voted
142,900
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
72.69%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow's United Democratic Party (UDP) won a third consecutive term in office, defeating the People's United Party (PUP) led by Mr. Francis Fonseca. The snap elections were held more than a year before they were constitutionally due. 
 
 In April 2015, the National Assembly passed an amendment to the PetroCaribe Loans Act (see note). The PUP vowed to repeal the Act, arguing the legislation would limit parliamentary oversight over the PetroCaribe programme. In September, Prime Minister Barrow called the snap elections amid speculation that opposition forces would win parliamentary elections in Venezuela and perhaps put an end to PetroCaribe. 
 
 Note:
 PetroCaribe is a Venezuelan aid programme that offers fuel at discounted prices, agreed between Belize and Venezuela in 2005. Since 2012, the Barrow administration has finalized major infrastructure projects with the money from the programme.
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.
61.29%
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 Democratic Party (UDP)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
United Democratic Party (UDP) 19
People's United Party (PUP) 12
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
29
Number of women elected
2
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.
6.45%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
Two women were elected in 2015. 
 Ms. Laura Tucker-Longsworth, who was not among the 31 directly elected members, was elected Speaker in January 2017, replacing Mr. Michael Peyrefitte. She became a member of parliament by virtue of holding the office of Speaker. The number of women has therefore increased to three.
Sources
Government of Belize, Elections and Boundaries Department Reuters The Guardian The San Pedro Sun
Women Directly Elected
2

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.
29
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.
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.
13.11.2015
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.
Michael Peyrefitte (Male)
Political party
United Democratic Party (UDP)
Date of election
13.11.2015