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Barbados General Election Results - 9 September 1971
General elections were held in Barbados on 9 September 1971. Elections were held to renew all the members of the House of Assembly on the normal expiration of their mandate, using a first-past-the-post system. These had been elected in 1966, prior to the country's gaining independence.

Electoral System

The 24 members of the House of Assembly were elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting. There was no fixed election date in effect in Barbados at this time; hence, the choice of election date is the prerogative of the Prime Minister.

Background

In 1971, the system of double member constituencies based on the boundaries of the 11 parishes and of the City of Bridgetown was abolished. Twenty-four single member constituencies were established on the basis of an average electorate per constituency within a permitted percentage variation 90% - 110% by the Representation of the People Act, 1971.

On the 16 August 1971, the Governor-General issued a proclamation dissolving Parliament and issued Writs appointing Wednesday, 25 August 1971 as Nomination Day and Thursday, 9 September 1971 as Election Day.

There were 115,189 registered electors.

Political Parties & Candidates

Two parties contested the 1971 General Election: the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) , led by Prime Minister Errol Barrow; and the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), led by Bernard St. John. There were 50 candidates with the BLP and DLP both presenting a full slate of 24 candiates. There were also 2 independent candidates.

Results

The result was a victory for the Democratic Labour Party, which won 18 of the 24 seats.

The Prime Minister Errol Barrow, leader of the victorious DLP , was re-elected for a third 5-year term and formed a new Cabinet.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 81.64%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 24 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 92,872
Invalid Votes 1,174
Total Votes Cast 94.046
Registered Voters 115,189
Voter Turnout 81.64%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Mon, 16 Aug 1971
Nomination Day Wed, 25 Aug 1971
Polling Day Thu, 9 Sep 1971
First Meeting of Parliament -
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Harold Bernard ST. JOHN
Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
  Photo Errol Walton BARROW
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
BY THE NUMBERS
BLP
24 candidates
6 seats
39,376 votes (42.4%)
DLP
24 candidates
18 seats
53,322 votes (57.4%)
OTHERS
Minor
Parties & Independent Candidates
2 candidates
0 seats
174 votes
(0.2%)
SEATS 13 seats for a majority
BLP 6 seats (-2)
18 seats (+4) DLP
PARTY MANIFESTOS  
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BLP 1971 Manifesto
   
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Barbados Labour Party BLP 39,376 42.40% +9.80% 24 6 -2
  Democratic Labour Party Winner DLP 53,322 57.41% +7.85% 24 18 +4
  Independent Candidates IND 174 0.19% -7.11% 2 0 -
  Total Valid Votes   92,872 100% 11% 50 24 -
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ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY  
Constituency   Representative Party
City of Bridgetown   MOTTLEY, Elliott D. Barbados Labour Party
St Michael North West    GREAVES, Phillip M. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael West   WALCOTT, Frank L. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael North East   EASTMOND, Gertude L. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael South West   FERGUSSON, George G. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael South East   SPRINGER, J.B. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael North Central   CADDLE, Rameses B. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael South Central.   SMITH, Frederick G. Democratic Labour Party
St Michael South   SANDIFORD, Lloyd Erskine Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church West   FORDE, Henry deBoulay Barbados Labour Party
Christ Church North Central   MORGAN, Peter G. Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church South Central   MORRISON, Anderson Democratic Labour Party
Christ Church East   TALMA, Cuthbert Edwy Democratic Labour Party
St Philip North   MAXWELL, Neville G.A. Democratic Labour Party
St Philip South   WEEKES, Reynold St. C. Democratic Labour Party
St George North   HOPPIN, C.A. Eyre Democratic Labour Party
St George South   LOWE, W.R. Democratic Labour Party
St James   CRAIG, Lionel S. Barbados Labour Party
St Andrew   EDWARDS, Arlington DaCosta Democratic Labour Party
St John   BARROW, Errol Walton Democratic Labour Party
St Thomas   ADAMS, J.M.G.M. Barbados Labour Party
St Peter   HINDS, W. Burton Barbados Labour Party
St Lucy   GREAVES, Edward Evelyn Democratic Labour Party
St Joseph   BOLDEN, Lindsay Barbados Labour Party
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY, CANDIDATE, AND PARTY
Constituency   Candidate Party Votes %Votes
City of Bridgetown   ELLIOT D. MOTTLEY winner BLP 1,977 52.69%
  Lyle Carmichael DLP 1,775 47.31%
St. Michael North West   PHILLIP M. GREAVES winner DLP 2,925 57.69%
  Lester Whitehead BLP 2,145 42.31%
St. Michael West   FRANK L. WALCOTT winner DLP 2,499 54.53%
  Elton D. Mottley BLP 2,084 45.47%
St. Michael North East   GERTUDE L. EASTMOND winner DLP 2,803 51.99%
  Gilmore Rocheford BLP 2,478 45.97%
  C. Hackett IND 110 2.04%
St. Michael South West   GEROGE FERGUSSON winner DLP 1,613 57.83%
  Neville Weekes BLP 1,176 42.17%
St. Michael South East   JAMES B. SPRINGER winner DLP 3,005 61.73%
  Mencea E. Cox BLP 1,863 38.27%
St. Michael North Central   RAMACES B. CADDLE winner DLP 2,464 63.78%
  Jack Oddle BLP 1,399 36.22%
St. Michael South Central   FREDERICK G. SMITH winner DLP 1,983 59.93%
  Ronald Mapp BLP 1,326 40.07%
St. Michael South   LLOYD E. SANDIFORD winner DLP 2,048 58.12%
  Randolph Fields BLP 1,412 40.07%
  St.A. Haddock IND 64 1.82%
Christ Church West   HENRY D. FORDE winner BLP 1,693 52.22%
  Maurice King DLP 1,549 47.78%
Christ Church North Central   PETER G. MORGAN winner DLP 2,543 66.45%
  Maurice Ward BLP 1,284 33.55%
Christ Church South Central   ANDERSON MORRISON winner DLP 1,570 51.27%
  Harold .B. St. John BLP 1,492 48.73%
Christ Church East   C. EDWY TALMA winner DLP 2,010 58.14%
  Richard Cheltenham BLP 1,447 41.86%
St. Philip North   NEVILLE MAXWELL winner DLP 2,831 80.56%
  David A.C. Simmons BLP 683 19.44%
St. Philip South   REYNOLD WEEKES winner DLP 2,647 78.27%
  DeLisle Bradshaw BLP 735 21.73%
St. George North   EYRIE HOPPIN winner DLP 1,856 55.84%
  Nigel Barrow BLP 1,468 44.16%
St. George South   R. LOWE winner DLP 1,800 51.27%
  Louis R. Tull BLP 1,711 48.73%
St. James   LIONEL S. CRAIG winner BLP 2,641 54.30%
  George Moe DLP 2,223 45.70%
St. Andrew   A. DACOSTA EDWARDS winner DLP 2,036 54.66%
  Lloyd B. Brathwaite BLP 1,689 45.34%
St. John   ERROL W. BARROW winner DLP 3,570 84.94%
  Evans McG. Webster BLP 633 15.06%
St. Thomas   J.M.G.M. ADAMS winner BLP 2,126 50.76%
  Neville Boxill DLP 2,062 49.24%
St. Peter    W.C. BURTON HINDS winner BLP 2,544 56.42%
  A. Phillips DLP 1,965 43.58%
St. Lucy    EDWARD E. GREAVES winner DLP 2,197 59.15%
  Roy Brathwaite BLP 1,517 40.85%
St. Joseph   CHARLES L. BOLDEN winner BLP 1,853 58.38%
  L. Smith DLP 1,321 41.62%
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   BY-ELECTIONS
   St. Lucy By-election 1954
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   St. Thomas By-election 2001
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered BLP DLP IND Total Valid Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
City of Bridgetown 5,188 1,977 1,775 - 3,752 44 3,796 73.17%
St Michael North West  6,496 2,145 2,952 - 5,097 45 5,142 79.16%
St Michael West 5,922 2,084 2,499 - 4,583 47 4,630 78.18%
St Michael North East 6,958 2,478 2,803 110 5,391 89 5,480 78.76%
St Michael South West 3,688 1,176 1,613 - 2,789 46 2,835 76.87%
St Michael South East 6,213 1,863 3,005 - 4,868 54 4,922 79.22%
St Michael North Central 5,094 1,399 2,464 - 3,863 67 3,930 77.15%
St Michael South Central. 4,363 1,326 1,983 - 3,309 54 3,363 77.08%
St Michael South 4,661 1,412 2,048 64 3,524 55 3,579 76.79%
Christ Church West 4,086 1,693 1,549 - 3,242 34 3,276 80.18%
Christ Church North Central 4,782 1,284 2,543 - 3,827 63 3,890 81.35%
Christ Church South Central 3,789 1,492 1,570 - 3,062 42 3,104 81.92%
Christ Church East 4,290 1,447 2,010 - 3,457 42 3,499 81.56%
St Philip North 4,164 683 2,831 - 3,514 63 3,577 85.90%
St Philip South 4,070 735 2,647 - 3,382 25 3,407 83.71%
St George North 3,944 1,468 1,856 - 3,324 51 3,375 85.57%
St George South 4,178 1,711 1,800 - 3,511 52 3,563 85.28%
St James 5,787 2,641 2,223 - 4,864 31 4,895 84.59%
St Andrew 4,290 1,689 2,036 - 3,725 34 3,759 87.62%
St John 4,997 633 3,570 - 4,203 69 4,272 85.49%
St Thomas 4,897 2,126 2,062 - 4,188 54 4,242 86.62%
St Peter 5,197 2,544 1,965 - 4,509 44 4,553 87.61%
St Lucy 4,317 1,517 2,197 - 3,714 40 3,754 86.96%
St Joseph 3,818 1,853 1,321 - 3,174 29 3,203 83.89%
Total 115,189 39,376 53,322 174 92,872 1,174 94,046 81.64%
Key
  Bajan Free Party   NDP = National Democratic Party   United Progressive Party
  Barbados Integrity Movement   People's Democratic Congress   WPB = Workers Party of Barbados
  Barbados Labour Party   PEP = People's Empowerment Party   Independent Candidate
  Democratic Labour Party   PPA = People's Political Alliance   *incumbent
  Kingdom Government of Barbados   Solutions Barbados   ** Political Leader
Sources
Barbados Electoral and Boundaries Commission
Bajan Free Party (2018). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/Bajan-Free-Party-BFP-HonAlex-MitchellEl-1767331239973521/
Barbados Integrity Movement (2018). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/barbdaosintegritymovement/?ref=py_c
Barbados Labour Party. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.blp.org.bb/
Coalition of United Party. (2018) Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/alexmitchell.el/
Democratic Labour Party. (2018). Retrieved from http://dlpbarbados.org/site/
Solutions Barbados. (2018). Retrieved from https://solutionsbarbados.com/
United Progressive Party. (2018). Retrieved from https://uppbarbados.org/
Inter-Parliamentary Union. (2018). Barbados. Retrieved from http://archive.ipu.org/parline/reports/2025_E.htm
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