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General Election Results - 18 September 1957

General elections were held in Saint Lucia on 18 September 1957 for the eight-seat Legislative Council.

New constitutional arrangements came into force in March 1956. They provided for elected majorities in both the Legislative and Executive Councils, for the appointment of elected members as Ministers and for the recognition of the Executive Council as the principal instrument of policy; they also provided for the appointment by the Governor in his discretion of three nominated members to the Legislative Council and one to the Executive Council.

A total of 21 candidates contested the election.  Two parties, the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and the People's Progressive Party (PPP) presented eight candidates each, and there were five independents. 

The result was a victory for the Saint Lucia Labour Party, which won seven of the eight seats. Voter turnout was 56.8%.

The first meeting of the new Legislative Council took place on 1 November 1957.

 

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
Total Valid Votes 21,582
Invalid Votes 662
Total Votes Cast 22,244
Population 91,000
Registered Voters 39,146
Voter Turnout 56.82%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of previous Parliament -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Wed, 18 Sep 1957
First Meeting of new Parliament Fri, 1 Nov 1957
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code  Votes Number of Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  St. Lucia Labour Party SLP 14,345 66.47% +19.0% 8 7 +2
  People's Progressive Party PPP 6,134 28.42% -7.3% 8 1 -
  Independents IND 1,103 5.11% -11.7% 5 0 -2
  Total Valid Votes   21,582 100%   21 8 -
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Central Castries 2,467 849 695 55 1,599 27 1,626 65.91%
North Castries 8,080 2,212 451 91 2,754 159 2,913 36.05%
South Castries 7,421 2,103 818   2,921 90 3,011 40.57%
Anse-La Raye & Canaries 3,240 1,119 657 207 1,983 57 2,040 62.96%
Soufriere 3,743 1,468 1,535   3,003 63 3,066 81.91%
Choiseul 3,707 1,310 669 457 2,436 25 2,461 66.39%
Laborie – Vieux Fort 5,374 1,663 1,172 293 3,128 126 3,254 60.55%
Micoud -Dennery 5,114 3,621 137   3,758 115 3,873 75.73%
Total 39,146 14,345 6,134 1,103 21,582 662 22,244 56.82%
ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  Representative Party
Central Castries   La CORBINIERE, Carl G.D Saint Lucia Labour Party
North Castries   COLLYMORE, Herman B. Saint Lucia Labour Party
South Castries   CHARLES, George F.L. Saint Lucia Labour Party
Anse-La Raye & Canaries   Jn BAPTISTE, Martin Saint Lucia Labour Party
Soufriere   McVANE, Louis G.A. People's Progressive Party
Choiseul   MASON, G.A. Saint Lucia Labour Party
Laborie – Vieux Fort   COMPTON, Clive A.Marie Saint Lucia Labour Party
Micoud -Dennery   COMPTON, John George M. Saint Lucia Labour Party
Key

SLP = Saint Lucia Labour Party; UWP = United Workers Party; IND = Independent; *Incumbent; **Political Leader

Sources
The Electoral Office of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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