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General Election Results - 2 April 2001

Volcanic activity resulted in four and a half of the original seven constituencies in Montserrat being unoccupied.  As a result, the pre-1995 electoral arrangements became unworkable.  In February 1999, the Governor appointed a commission to suggest reforms.  The Commission reported in May 1999.  Their main recommendations were that:

  • the single-member, multi-constituency, first-past-the-post electoral system be replaced by a single-constituency system under a modified first-past-the-post arrangement;
  • the nominated membership to the Legislative Council be abolished and the elected membership be increased from seven to nine accordingly.

The main recommendations were accepted by HMG and the new system was used in the 2001 and subsequent elections.

The general election was held on Monday, 2 April 2001 following Nomination Day on 16 March 2001. General elections were constitutionally due by November 2001 or the latest March 2002 but the coalition government collapsed when two members, Rubert Weeks and Adelina Tuitt, resigned, citing irreconcilable differences with Chief Minister David Brandt.  Brandt announced that he would not contest the election.

The electorate had to choose a maximum of nine candidates from the 24 nominated.  The New People's Liberation Movement (NPLM) led by former Chief Minister John Osborne and the National Progressive Party (NPP) led by former Chief Minister Reuben Meade fielded a full slate of nine candidates each, while the remaining six were independents.

The election resulted in a landslide victory for John Osborne’s National Peoples Liberation Movement (NPLM).  A 78% turnout of the 2,953 registered voters, in a well-organised and orderly election, resulted in the NPLM securing seven of the nine available elected seats in the Legislative Council and 51% of the popular vote.  The other two seats went to members of the National Progressive Party (NPP).  The general election took place after the resignation of two ministers from former Chief Minister David Brandt’s government in February forced an unexpected election (originally due for November 2001).

Critical Dates
Dissolution of Parliament Nomination Day Polling Day
Monday, 5 February 2001 Friday, 16 March 2001 Monday, 2 April 2001
Summary
Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
New People's Liberation Movement NPLM 9,859 51.84% 9 7
National Progressive Party NPP 6,765 35.57% 9 2
Independents IND 2,394 12.59% 6 0
Total 19,018 100% 24 9
   
Ballots Amount
Valid Ballots 2,242
Invalid Ballots 46
Total Ballots Cast 2,288
Registered Voters 2,953
Voter Turnout 77.48%  
Key
AIC = Alliance of Independence Candidates; MCAP = Movement for Change and Prosperity; PDM = People's Democratic Movement; IND = Independent Candidate; *incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources

Fergus, H.A. et al (2002). Montserrat: Report of the Constitutional Commissioners 2002. Montserrat, Government of Montserrat, 2002.

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