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Antigua and Barbuda

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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.
12.06.2014
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
26.04.2014
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.
31.03.2023
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.
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".
41
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
36
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
5
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
12.2%
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.
6

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) regained power after 10 years in opposition, taking 14 of the 17 directly elected seats in the House of Representatives. Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer's United Progressive Party (UPP) took the remaining three seats, down from nine. The ABLP (formerly named the Antigua Labour Party) had dominated the country's politics since independence from United Kingdom in 1981 until the elections in 2004, under the leadership of Mr. Vere Cornwall Bird and his son, Lester. The former's grandson-in-law, Mr. Gaston Browne, led the ABLP in the 2014 elections. The country's economy contracted over the past five years. In 2010, the UPP government sought a Stand-By Arrangement from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to stabilize the country's debt. Unemployment rate increased from 5 to 25 per cent in 10 years. The ABLP promised to abolish personal income tax, create more jobs and revive more local and foreign investment. The UPP, which was seeking an unprecedented third five-year term, promised to develop the economy by constructing a new port and a modern performing arts centre and exploring space technology. On 13 June, 47-year-old Mr. Browne (ABLP) was sworn in, thereby becoming the country's youngest ever 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.
33.33%
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.
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
Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP)
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
16
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.
11.76%
Other notes
The House of Representatives, elected in June 2014, comprises 18 members in all: 17 directly-elected members and one appointed member, the Speaker. Unlike the previous legislature, the Attorney General is now an elected member, thus decreasing the total number of members from 19 to 18. Timing of election: Upon normal expiry. In accordance with section 60(2) of the Constitution, the House of Representatives was automatically dissolved on 26 April 2014, five year after the first session of the outgoing parliament on 27 April 2009. Elections were due within three months from the dissolution of the House, i.e. by 25 July 2014.
Sources
Parliament (26.06.2014)
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.
16
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.
25.06.2014
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.
Sir Gerald Watt QC (Male)