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General Election Results - 20 March 1957
Parliament Building, Belize

General elections were held in British Honduras on 20 Mar 1957 for all 9 seats in the House of Representatives using a first-past-the-post system.

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 26 candidates contested the election.

Results

The ruling People's United Party won all nine seats contested. This was the first of two occasions they would sweep the House. It was the PUP's first election under the leadership of George Cadle Price. Price would lead the party until 1996.

The Honduran Independence Party (HIP), a forerunner of the modern United Democratic Party, was founded the previous year by an anti-Price faction within the PUP led by former PUP leader Leigh Richardson. The party fielded five out of a possible nine candidates, but failed to win any seats.

The election was the last for the pro-colonial National Party. Charles Westby, the NP's only successful candidate in the 1954 election, ran as an independent. The HIP and NP merged in 1958 to form the National Independence Party.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 52.74%

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 9 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 11,214
Invalid Votes 420
Total Votes Cast 11,634
Registered Voters 22,058
Voter Turnout 52.74%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Wed, 20 Mar 1957
First Meeting of Parliament -  
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo George Cadle PRICE
People's United Party (PUP)
  Photo Leigh RICHARDSON
Hoduran Independence Party (HIP)
  Photo W.H. COURTENAY
National Party (NP)
BY THE NUMBERS
PUP
9 candidates
9 seats
6,876 votes (61.3%)
HIP
Honduran Independ- ence Party
6 candidates
0 seats
2,057 votes
(18.3%)
NP
National Party
7 candidates
0 seats
1,449 votes
(12.9%)
OTHERS
Independent Candidates
4 candidates
0 seats
832 votes
(7.4%)
SEATS 5 seats for a majority
PUP 9 seats (+1)
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  People's United Party Winner PUP-GWU 6,876 61.32% -3.73% 9 9 +1
  Honduran Independence Party HIP 2,057 18.34% +18.34% 6 0 -
  National Party NP 1,449 12.92% -10.05% 7 0 -1
  Independent Candidates IND 832 7.42% -4.56% 4 0 -
  Total   11,214 100% - 26 9 -
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Key
PUP = People's United Party; UDP=United Democratic Party; IND = Inpendent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
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