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Election Day in Barbados – Election Results 2013

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DLP WINS BARBADOS 2013 ELECTION 16:14

BARBADOS, 22 February 2013 – Thursday, 21 February 2013, was Election Day in Barbados. Barbadian went to the polls today to vote for a new government in the country’s 14th general election since adult suffrage and 10th since Independence.

DLP Victory

The Democratic Labour Party has retained power in Barbados with a narrow election victory, according to results.  The win gives Prime Minister Freundel Stuart his first full term in office, after taking over as Prime Minister in 2010 following the death of former Prime Minister David Thompson.

The results showed a narrow majority of 16 seats for the DLP to 14 for the BLP. Stuart’s DLP had held 21 of 30 seats in Parliament going into the vote.  The DLP secured approximately 51.2% of the valid vote compared to 48.3% for the BLP.  Independents and candidates from minor parties gained only 0.4% of the votes.

It is the second straight election victory for the DLP, following 14 years of a Barbados Labour Party government under former Prime Minister and current Opposition Leader Owen Arthur.

The victory stemmed a tide of opposition victories in the Caribbean, most recently a landslide victory by the New National Party in Grenada only two days earlier.  The victory however maintained the tradition of Barbadian voters providing the incumbent party with a second consecutive term in office.

Results contrast to opinion polls

“We celebrating tonight because of the confidence which ordinary men and women….who have not arrogated to themselves the right to what the future holds,” he told supporters, adding “we are celebrating because this organisation during the last five years touched actual lives by its policies and programmes, not to any sample, but to the population itself”.

The results are in stark contrast to the opinion polls that had predicted that the BLP, led by 63-year-old former prime minister Owen Arthur, would have won as many as 20 seats, while the DLP would have gained 13 seats at most.

“The people have spoken …we accept the will of the people,” Arthur said, adding “we were up against a number of factors”.

Prime Minister Stuart reminded supporters “we are not governing in easy circumstances. We had to govern in the context of the worst crisis the world had seen in over 100 years”.

He said he was always confident that the voters would have rebuffed the policies of the opposition and told supporters that with the election over “we are not going to embark on any revenge”.

Summary Results

Barbados Electoral Map

Barbados Election 2013 Winners

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(Source: The Barbados Advocate)

Election 2013 Results by Constituency

Constituency Barbados Labour   Party (BLP) – 14 seats Democratic   Labour Party (DLP) – 16 seats Others – 0   seats
City of   Bridgetown Jeffrey   BOSTIC – 2,012 Patrick   M.T. TODD* – 1,888 ..
St. Michael   South Noel   A. LYNCH – 1,385 Freundel   J. STUART* – 2,524 Alex   MITCHELL (BFP/CUP) – 9
St. Michael   East Trevor   PRESCOD – 2,452 Kenneth   BEST* – 2,333 ..
St. Michael   South Central David   GILL – 1,967 Richard   L. SEALY* – 2,231 ..
St. Michael   Central Arthur   E. HOLDER – 2,078 Steven   D. BLACKETT* – 2,117 ..
St. Michael   South East Santia   J.O. BRADSHAW – 2,402 Patrick   TANNIS – 2,392 ..
St. Michael   North East Mia   A. MOTTLEY* – 3,495 Patricia   INNISS – 1,577 ..
St. Michael   North Ronald   St.C. TOPPIN* – 2,506 Francis   DEPEIZA – 2,322 Mark   ADAMSON (PDC/CUP) – 38
St. Michael   North West Gregory   P.B. NICHOLLS – 1,681 Christopher   P. SINCKLER* – 2,443 ..
St. Michael   West Joseph   ATHERLEY – 2,095 Michael   A. CARRINGTON* – 2,220 ..
St. Michael   West Central Ian   GOODING-EDGHILL – 2,046 James   D. PAUL* – 2,239 Herman   LOWE (IND) – 36
John WARDE (IND) – 68
Christ Church   West Maria   M. AGARD – 2,288 Verla   A. DePEIZA – 1,777 Taan   ABED (IND) – 303
Christ Church   West Central Margo   A. DURANT-CALLENDER – 2,112 Stephen   A. LASHLEY* – 2,940 ..
Christ Church   South Jerome   X. WALCOTT – 2,062 John   D.E. BOYCE* – 2,663 Steve   HUNTE (BFP/CUP) – 39
Christ Church   East Central Desmond   D.MG SANDS – 2,264 Ronald   D. JONES* – 3,259 ..
Christ Church   East Wilfred   ABRAHAMS – 2,487 Denis   S. LOWE* – 3,455 ..
St. Philip   North Indar   WEIR – 1,974 Michael   A. LASHLEY* – 4,053 ..
St. Philip   South Anthony   P. WOOD – 3,114 Adriel   D. BRATHWAITE* – 3,514 ..
St. Philip   West Lynette   EASTMOND – 2,305 David   C. ESTWICK* – 3,718 ..
St. George   North Gline   A. CLARKE* – 3,508 Jepter   INCE – 2,391 ..
St. George   South Dwight   SUTHERLAND – 3,642 Esther   BYER SUCKOO* – 2,965 ..
St. John Hudson   D. GRIFFITH – 1,091 M-J.   Mara THOMPSON* – 4,022 ..
St.   Joseph Dale   D. MARSHALL* – 2,719 Dennis   HOLDER – 2,360 ..
St.   Thomas Cynthia   Y. FORDE* – 3,660 Roleric  HINDS – 1,919 ..
St. James   North Edmund   HINKSON – 2,558 Harrcourt   A. HUSBANDS – 2,124 ..
St. James   South Sandra   HUSBANDS – 2,556 Donville   O. INNISS* – 3,326 ..
St. James   Central Kerrie   D. SYMMONDS – 2,211 E.   George HUTSON* – 1,990 Eric   MARSHALL (BFP/CUP) – 46
St. Peter Owen   S. ARTHUR* – 3,665 Haynesley   L. BENN – 1,982 Lynroy   SCANTLEBURY (NBKA) – 72
St.   Andrew George   W. PAYNE* – 2,962 V.   Irene SANDIFORD-GARNER – 2,670 ..
St. Lucy Peter   PHILLIPS – 2,730 Denis   St.E. KELLMAN* – 3,152 ..

* = incumbent; BLP=Barbados Labour Party; DLP=Democratic Labour Party; CUP=Coalition of United Parties (PDC-People’s Democratic Congress; BFP-Bajan Free Party); NBKA=National Barbados Kingdom Alliance; IND=Independent Candidates

Election 2013 Results by Party

Constituency BLP DLP OTHERS TOTAL Margin
Votes %   Votes Votes %   Votes Votes %   Votes Win   %
City of   Bridgetown 2,012 51.59% 1,888 48.41% 3,900 3.18%
St. Michael   South 1,385 35.35% 2,524 64.42% 9 0.23% 3,918 28.84%
St. Michael   East 2,452 51.24% 2,333 48.76% 4,785 2.49%
St. Michael   South Central 1,967 46.86% 2,231 53.14% 4,198 6.29%
St. Michael   Central 2,078 49.54% 2,117 50.46% 4,195 0.93%
St. Michael   South East 2,402 50.10% 2,392 49.90% 4,794 0.21%
St. Michael   North East 3,495 68.91% 1,577 31.09% 5,072 37.82%
St. Michael   North 2,506 51.50% 2,322 47.72% 38 0.78% 4,866 3.00%
St. Michael   North West 1,681 40.76% 2,443 59.24% 4,124 18.48%
St. Michael   West 2,095 48.55% 2,220 51.45% 4,315 2.90%
St. Michael   West Central 2,046 46.62% 2,239 51.01% 104 2.37% 4,389 2.03%
Christ Church   West 2,288 52.38% 1,777 40.68% 303 6.94% 4,368 4.76%
Christ Church West Central 2,112 41.81% 2,940 58.19% 5,052 16.39%
Christ Church   South 2,062 43.28% 2,663 55.90% 39 0.82% 4,764 11.80%
Christ Church   East Central 2,264 40.99% 3,259 59.01% 5,523 18.02%
Christ Church   East 2,487 41.85% 3,455 58.15% 5,942 16.29%
St. Philip   North 1,974 32.75% 4,053 67.25% 6,027 34.49%
St. Philip   South 3,114 46.98% 3,514 53.02% 6,628 6.04%
St. Philip   West 2,305 38.27% 3,718 61.73% 6,023 23.46%
St. George   North 3,508 59.47% 2,391 40.53% 5,899 18.94%
St. George   South 3,642 55.12% 2,965 44.88% 6,607 10.25%
St. John 1,091 21.34% 4,022 78.66% 5,113 57.32%
St.   Joseph 2,719 53.53% 2,360 46.47% 5,079 7.07%
St.   Thomas 3,660 65.60% 1,919 34.40% 5,579 31.21%
St. James   North 2,558 54.63% 2,124 45.37% 4,682 9.27%
St. James   South 2,556 43.45% 3,326 56.55% 5,882 13.09%
St. James   Central 2,211 52.06% 1,990 46.86% 46 1.08% 4,247 4.12%
St. Peter 3,665 64.08% 1,982 34.66% 72 1.26% 5,719 28.17%
St.   Andrew 2,962 52.59% 2,670 47.41% 5,632 5.18%
St. Lucy 2,730 46.41% 3,152 53.59% 5,882 7.17%
Total 74,027 48.32% 78,566 51.28% 611 0.40% 153,204 2.96%

DLP Swing

The results indicate a national swing of -2% away from the DLP; however there is an inconsistency of swing at the constituency level ranging from a 8% swing towards the DLP in St. Michael North West to a -13% swing away from the DLP in St. George South.

Background

The ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) led by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is hoping for a new five year mandate, while the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), led by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, is hoping to reverse the 2008 result and regain the government it lost after 14 consecutive years in office.

Sixty-eight candidates, including eight independents, will be contesting the election.  Both the DLP and BLP are contesting all 30 seats in the Barbados parliament. The field includes 12 female candidates (BLP – 7, DLP – 5) and 22 new comers (BLP – 11, DLP – 5, Others – 6).

Almost 248 000 people – an increase of about 12 000 since the 2008 election – are eligible to vote, between 6 a.m. when the polls open and 6 p.m. when they close.  Approximately 1 700 people are officiating in today’s poll for which there are 541 polling stations. Counting of the votes should begin at 8 p.m.

Source: CMC, Caribbean Journal, Nationnews.com, the Barbados Advocate, the Daily Herald with additional contributions from the Caribbean Elections Team.