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General Election Results - 2 July 1979

Elections were held for all the members of the 17-seat House of Assembly in the first such poll since attainment of independence in February 1979.

There were 34 candidates in the race.  Both the Allan Louisy led St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and United Workers Party (UWP) led by John Compton presented a full slate of 17 candidates.

The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) won a decisive victory, capturing 12 of the 17 seats in the House of Assembly. The United Workers Party, headed by Prime Minister John Compton and in power since 1964, was restricted to five Assembly seats. 

The election campaign, which came shortly after an eight-week strike by teachers and civil servants, was held in a tense atmosphere. Economic questions were in the forefront of the SLP's election manifesto.

SLP leader Allan Louisy became the new Prime Minister.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
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Total Valid Votes 44,998
Invalid Votes 1,191
Total Votes Cast 46,189
Population 118,000
Registered Voters 69,966
Voter Turnout 66.02%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of previous Parliament -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Mon, 2 July 1979
First Meeting of new Parliament Fri, 27 Jul 1979
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Allan LOUISY Winner
Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP)
  Photo John COMPTON
United Workers Party (UWP)
RELATED RESOURCES
Saint Lucia Constitution (1978) Download report
Elections Act (1979) Download report
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code ¬†Votes Number of Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  St. Lucia Labour Party SLP 25,292 56.21% +11.6% 17 12 +5
  United Workers Party UWP 19,706 43.79% -9.6% 17 5 -5
  Total Valid Votes   44,998 100%   34 17 -
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Gros Islet A 1,553 947 2,500 2,500
Castries Northwest/Babonneau B 1,147 1,706 2,853 2,853
Castries Northeast C 3,207 2,029 5,236 5,236
Castries East D 2,730 1,967 4,697 4,697
Castries Central E 739 828 1,567 1,567
Castries South F 1,380 429 1,809 1,809
Anse-la-Raye/Canaries G 1,606 1,224 2,830 2,830
Soufriere H 1,559 830 2,389 2,389
Choiseul/Fond St. Jacques I 1,683 1,170 2,853 2,853
Laborie/Saltibus J 2,254 949 3,203 3,203
Vieux-Fort South K 1,470 805 2,275 2,275
Vieux-Fort North L 1,227 435 1,662 1,662
Micoud South M 469 1,221 1,690 1,690
Micoud North N 319 1,870 2,189 2,189
Dennery South O 747 676 1,423 1,423
Dennery North P 1,121 1,323 2,444 2,444
Castries Southeast Q 2,081 1,297 3,378 3,378
Total   25,292 19,706 44,998 44,998
ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
  Representative Party
Gros Islet   MASON, C. Gregor Saint Lucia Labour Party
Castries Northwest/Babonneau   BOUSQUET, J.R.Allan United Workers Party
Castries Northeast   PILGRIM, B.Michael Saint Lucia Labour Party
Castries East   JOSIE, Peter Saint Lucia Labour Party
Castries Central   MALLET, George W. United Workers Party
Castries South   ODLUM, S.N.Jon Saint Lucia Labour Party
Anse-la-Raye/Canaries   FOSTER, Kenneth A.H. Saint Lucia Labour Party
Soufriere   CENAC, Winston F. Saint Lucia Labour Party
Choiseul/Fond St. Jacques   CALDERON, Evans Saint Lucia Labour Party
Laborie/Saltibus   LOUISY, Allan F. Saint Lucia Labour Party
Vieux-Fort South   WILLIAMS, W.B. Saint Lucia Labour Party
Vieux-Fort North   LAY, Cecil H. Saint Lucia Labour Party
Micoud South   COMPTON, John George M. United Workers Party
Micoud North   JnBAPTISTE, Rodney A. United Workers Party
Dennery South   LESMOND, Remy J. Saint Lucia Labour Party
Dennery North   HENRY, Ferdinand United Workers Party
Castries Southeast   ODLUM, George 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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