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General Election Results - 24 November 1979
Parliament Building, Belize

General elections were held in Belize on 24 November 1979 for all 18 seats in the House of Representatives using a first-past-the-post system.

The PUP went into the election with a 13-5 majority, having picked up a seat after the previous election when Toledo District Area Rep. Vicente Choco crossed the floor from the opposition United Democratic Party in 1975. The election results confirmed that 13-5 majority.

In 1979, Belizeans were concerned about their progress toward independence and the Guatemalan claim to the colony. The UDP were not in favour of advancing on the former issue without a substantial settlement of the latter, and this led the PUP to turn the election into a sort of referendum on that question.

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 13 of the 18 seats.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 89.78%

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 18 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 44,450
Invalid Votes 521
Total Votes Cast 44,971
Registered Voters 50,091
Voter Turnout 89.78%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Sat, 24 Nov 1979
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
13 seats
23,309 votes
(52.4%)
UDP
- candidates
5 seats
21,045 votes
(47.4%)
TPP
Toledo Progressive Party
- candidates
0 seats
96 votes
(10.2%)
SEATS 10 seats for a majority
PUP 13 seats (-1)
5 seats (+1) UDP
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  People's United Party Winner PUP 23,309 52.44% -0.22% - 13 +1
  United Democratic Party UDP 21,045 47.35% +8.42% - 5 -1
  Toledo Progressive Party TPP 96 0.22% +0.22% - 0 -
  Total   44,450 100% - - 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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