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General Election Results - 30 October 1974
Parliament Building, Belize

General elections were held in Belize on 30 October 1974 for all 18 seats in the House of Representatives using a first-past-the-post system.

The election was the first since the country was officially renamed from British Honduras in 1973.

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of xx candidates contested the election. The United Democratic Party (UDP) – formed the previous year by a merger of the National Independence Party, People's Development Movement and Liberal Party – ran for the first time in this election. he UDP fielded candidates nationwide except in Corozal District, where it supported candidates from the Corozal United Front (CUF). 

Results

The ruling People's United Party (PUP) won the largest share (12) of seats in the election. The United Democratic Partywon the remaining six seats.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 70.58%.

Post-election

The UDP absorbed the CUF after the election.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 18 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 23,298
Invalid Votes 513
Total Votes Cast 23,811
Registered Voters 33,737
Voter Turnout 70.58%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Wed, 30 Oct 1974
First Meeting of Parliament -  
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo George Cadle PRICE
People's United Party (PUP)
  Photo Dean LINDO
United Democratic Party (UDP)
BY THE NUMBERS
PUP
- candidates
12 seats
12,269 votes
(52.75%)
NIP
- candidates
6 seats
9,069 votes
(38.9%)
OTHERS
Minor Parties & Independent Candidates
- candidates
0 seats
1,960 votes
(8.4%)
SEATS 10 seats for a majority
PUP 12 seats (-5)
6 seats (+6) UDP
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  People's United Party Winner PUP 12,269 52.66% -6.19% - 12 -5
  United Democratic Party UDP 9,069 38.93% +38.93% - 6 +6
  Corozal United Front CUF 1,039 4.46% +4.46% - 0 -
  United Black Association for Development UBAD 89 0.38% +0.38% - 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 832 3.57% +3.11% - 0 -
  Total   23,298 100% - - 18 -
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Key
PUP = People's United Party; UDP=United Democratic Party; IND = Inpendent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
Elections & Boundaries Department, Government of Belize
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