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General Election Results - 18 February 1980

Elections were held for all the seats in National Assembly in February 1980.

A total of 19 candidates were nominated to contest the General Elections in the 9 constituencies: In St. Kitts: People's Action Movement (PAM) - 7; St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) - 7; Independent - 1. In Nevis: Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) – 2; People's Democratic Party (PDP) - 2.

At the end of the count, the results were as follows: In St. Kitts: People's Action Movement (PAM) - 3; St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) - 4. In Nevis: Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) – 2.

General elections in resulted in the formation of a PAM (People's Action Movement)/NRP (Nevis Reformation Party) coalition Government, headed by Prime Minister Kennedy Simmonds (PAM), although the long-governing Labour Party won 58% of the popular vote.

Voter turnout was 74.5%.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
Total Valid Votes 14,707
Invalid Votes 143
Total Votes Cast 14,850
Registered Voters 19,921
Voter Turnout 74.54%
Critical Dates
Dissolution of Parliament Nomination Day Polling Day
- - Monday, 18 February 1980
Summary by Party
Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla Labour Party SKNLP 7,355 50.01% 9 4
People's Action Movement PAM 4,990 33.93% 7 3
Nevis Reformation Party NRP 2,356 16.02% 2 2
Independents IND 6 0.04% 1 0
Total Valid Votes 14,707 100% 19 9
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Summary by Constituency
Constituency  Registered Voters SKNALP PAM NRP IND Valid Votes Invalid Votes Total Votes Voter Turnout
Basseterre East 2,204 796 871 - 6 1,673 4 1,677 76.09%
Basseterre Central 3,307 1,280 1,365 - - 2,645 8 2,653 80.22%
Basseterre West 1,693 866 393 - - 1,259 12 1,271 75.07%
Old Road/Sandy Point 1,902 822 736 - - 1,558 6 1,564 82.23%
Sandy Point/Dieppe Bay 1,801 1,020 386 - - 1,406 9 1,415 78.57%
Saddlers/Molineaux 2,044 1,244 238 - - 1,482 12 1,494 73.09%
Cayon 2,414 886 1,001 - - 1,887 22 1,909 79.08%
Charlestown (Nevis) 2,511 257 - 1,246 - 1,503 36 1,539 61.29%
Gingerland (Nevis) 2,045 184 - 1,110 - 1,294 34 1,328 64.94%
Total 19,921 7,355 4,990 2,356 6 14,707 143 14,850 74.54%
Elected Members of the National Assembly
The unicameral National Assembly was comprised of nine elected members.
Constituency Representative Party
St. Christopher #1 Michael POWELL   People's Action Movement
St. Christopher #2 Kennedy SIMMONDS*   People's Action Movement
St. Christopher #3 Joseph FRANCE   St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
St. Christopher #4 Lee MOORE   St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
St. Christopher #5 Charles MILLS   St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
St. Christopher #6 John PAYNE   St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
St. Christopher #7 Sydney MORRIS   People's Action Movement
Nevis #8 Ivor STEVENS   Nevis Reformation Party
Nevis #9 Simeon DANIEL   Nevis Reformation Party
Key
CCM = Concerned Citizens Movement; NRP = Nevis Reformation Party; PAM = People's Action Movement; PLP = People's Labour Party; SKNLP = St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party; IND = Independent Candidate; *incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
St. Kitts and Nevis Electoral Office
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