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Suriname General Election Results - 31 October 1977
Suriname National Assembly

Parliamentary General Elections were held in Suriname on 31 October 1977 for all 39 seats in the National Assembly.

Electoral System

The unicameral Parliament of Suriname, the Legislative Assembly (Staten), consists of 39 members elected for 4 years. Twenty-seven members (including 10 from Paramaribo, the capital) of the Staten are directly elected in the various constituencies by simple majority vote and the 12 remaining members, from the rural areas, are chosen according to proportional representation.

Background

The 1977 election date was announced by Prime Ministrer Henck Arron on July 15. This decision followed various political disputes and party realignments which had taken place throughout the year.

Political Parties & Candidates

Vying for the 39 parliamentary seats were the centre-left National Party Alliance (Surinam National Party, Progressive Surinam People's Party, KaumTani Persuatan Indonesia (KTPI), and the Reformed Progressive Party), the conservative opposition United Democratic Parties (four parties) and the leftist Nationalist Republican Party (which had been dropped from the governing coalition on August 17, 1977). The National Party Alliance was formed on August 20.

Campaign

Economic questions (unemployment, housing, food production) and the role of bauxite in the economy (Surinam is the world's fourth leading exporter of bauxite) were debated during the campaign, in which 150 candidates and 22 parties took part.

Results

On a polling day, the National Party Alliance (National Partij Kombinatie) won 22 seats to 17 for the United Democratic Parties (Verenigde Democratische Partijen). Members of the victorious coalition figured in the new 12-man Cabinet sworn in on December 28. Mr. Arron, of the Suriname National Party, remained Prime Minister.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 77.77%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System Mix of First-past-the-post and Proportional Representation
Elected Members 39 seats
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Votes Cast 123,720
Registered Voters 159,082
Voter Turnout 77.77%
   
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party/Alliance Code Votes Seats
Total % votes Number Change
  National Party Combination Winner NPC 56,176 45.41% 22 -
  United Democratic Party VDP 54,583 44.12% 17 -
  Nationalist Republican Party PNR 5,871 4.75% - -
  People's Party VP 4,534 3.66% - New
  Progressive Workers' and Farmers' Union PALU 1,006 0.81% - New
  Democratic People's Front DPF 964 0.78% - -
  Progressive Muslim Party VMP 361 0.29% - New
  Progressive National Party PNP 225 0.18% - -
  Total   128,720 100% 39 -
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