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General Election Results - 30 April 1987

The regularly-scheduled elections of 6 April 1987 left the ruling United Workers' Party (UWP) with a House majority of only one seat (9 to 8) over the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and thus without a clear mandate to govern.  As a consequence, the newly-elected Parliament was dissolved after its formal opening on 14 April and a fresh poll was called for 30 April for all of the 17 seats in parliament.

A total of 46 candidates contested the election.  The ruling United Workers Party (UWP) led by John Compton, and the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) led by Julian Hunte each presented 17 candidates.  The George Odlum led Progressive Labour Party (PLP) presented only four candidates in this round.. 

In the campaigns, the conservative UWP, led by outgoing Prime Minister John Compton, stood by its achievements since coming to power in 1982 while the socialist SLP, headed by Julian Hunte, criticized the Government's performance in the economic realm. The latter polling day was marked by a larger voter turnout but produced an identical distribution of House seats.  Voter turnout was 64.7%.

On 5 May, Compton announced the composition of a slightly-altered Cabinet from the one he had earlier appointed.

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
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Total Valid Votes 52,736
Invalid Votes 1,147
Total Votes Cast 53,883
Population 142,000
Registered Voters 83,257
Voter Turnout 64.72%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of previous Parliament Tue, 14 Apr 1987
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Thu, 30 Apr 1987
First Meeting of new Parliament -
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Julian HUNTE
Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP)
  Photo John COMPTON Winner
United Workers Party (UWP)
  Photo George ODLUM
Progressive Labour Party (PLP)
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 21,515 40.80% +2.6% 17 8 +6
  United Workers Party UWP 28,045 53.18% +0.8% 17 9 -5
  Progressive Labour Party PLP 3,176 6.02% -3.4% 4 0 -1
  Total Valid Votes   52,736 100%   38 17 -
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SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Gros Islet A 5,331 2,302 1,669 - 3,971 68 4,039 75.76%
Babonneau B 5,384 864 2,126 - 2,990 70 3,060 56.84%
Castries North C 10,012 2,549 2,731 375 5,655 49 5,704 56.97%
Castries East D 9,220 1,620 2,692 400 4,712 81 4,793 51.98%
Castries Central E 2,745 493 903 - 1,396 24 1,420 51.73%
Castries South F 3,849 144 1,239 935 2,318 57 2,375 61.70%
Canaries & Anse La Raye G 4,943 1,747 1,741 - 3,488 59 3,547 71.76%
Soufriere H 5,243 1,938 1,633 - 3,571 163 3,734 71.22%
Choiseul I 5,621 2,127 2,023 - 4,150 95 4,245 75.52%
Laborie J 3,855 1,787 711 - 2,498 61 2,559 66.38%
Vieux Fort South K 3,566 1,487 1,029 - 2,516 21 2,537 71.14%
Vieux Fort North L 3,000 1,302 566 - 1,868 70 1,938 64.60%
Micoud South M 3,337 357 1,792 - 2,149 54 2,203 66.02%
Micoud North N 3,894 194 2,310 - 2,504 78 2,582 66.31%
Dennery South O 2,499 1,019 919 - 1,938 49 1,987 79.51%
Dennery North P 4,496 1,403 1,801 - 3,204 49 3,253 72.35%
Castries South East Q 6,262 182 2,160 1,466 3,808 99 3,907 62.39%
Total   83,257 21,515 28,045 3,176 52,736 1,147 53,883 64.72%
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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