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General Election Results - 26 March 1961
Parliament Building, Belize

General elections were held in British Honduras on 26 Mar 1961 for all 18 seats in the House of Representatives using a first-past-the-post system.

They were the first following a constitutional review, which had increased the number of elected seats from 9 to 18, whilst a further five members would be appointed by the Governor and two would be officials.

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of xx candidates contested the election.

Results

The result was a victory for the ruling People's United Party, which won all 18 seats.

The National Independence Party, founded in 1958 by a merger of the two previous major opposition parties, the Honduran Independence Party and the National Party, contested general elections for the first time in 1961. A third party formed by former PUP and NP members, the Christian Democratic Party, also fielded candidates. Both parties failed to win seats.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 80.37%

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 18 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 21,611
Invalid Votes 422
Total Votes Cast 22,033
Registered Voters 27,414
Voter Turnout 80.37%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Sun, 26 Mar 1961
First Meeting of Parliament -  
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo George Cadle PRICE
People's United Party (PUP)
  Photo Herbert FULLER
National Independence Party (NIP)
  Photo Denbigh JEFFREY
Christian Democratic Party (CDP)
BY THE NUMBERS
PUP
- candidates
18 seats
13,975 votes (64.7%)
NIP
National Independ- ence Party
- candidates
0 seats
5,107 votes
(23.6%)
CDP
Christian Democratic Party
- candidates
0 seats
2,514 votes
(11.6%)
OTHERS
Independent Candidates
- candidates
0 seats
15 votes
(0.1%)
SEATS 10 seats for a majority
PUP 18 seats (+9)
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  People's United Party Winner PUP 13,975 64.67% +3.35% - 18 +9
  National Independence Party NIP 5,107 23.63% +23.63% - 0 -
  Christian Democratic Party CDP 2,514 1.63% +11.63% - 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 15 0.07% -7.35% - 0 -
  Total   21,611 100% - - 18 +9
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Key
PUP = People's United Party; UDP=United Democratic Party; IND = Inpendent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
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