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Trinidad and Tobago General Election Results - 24 September 1956
Parliament Building, Trinidad and Tobago

General Elections were held in Trinidad and Tobago on 24 September 1956 for all 24 seats in the Legislative Council. The number of seats had been incresed from 18 prior to the election.

Electoral System

The 24 members of the Legislative Council are elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting.

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 129 candidates from nine political parties were nominated to contest the elction. One candidate in St. Patrick East withdrew from his candidture before polling day

Results

The result was a victory for the People's National Movement, which won 13 of the 24 seats.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 80.20%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 24 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 264,903
Invalid Votes 6,991
Total Votes Cast 271,894
Registered Voters 339,028
Voter Turnout 80.20%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Nomination Day Thu, 6 Sep 1956
Polling Day Mon, 24 Sep 1956
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  People's National Movement Winner PNM 105,513 39.83% +39.83% 24 13 +13
  People's Democratic Party DLP 55,148 20.82% +20.8% 14 5 +5
  Butler Party BP 31,071 11.73% -10.34% 20 2 -4
  Trinidad Labour Party - National Development Party TLP-NDP 13,692 5.17 -2.72% 11 2 -
  Party of Political Progress Groups PPPG 14,019 5.29 +1.87% 9 0 -
  Caribbean National Labour Party CNLP 3,864 1.46 +1.46% 9 0 -
  West Indian Independence Party WIIP 446 0.17 +0.17% 1 0 -
  Caribbean People's Democratic Party CPDP 627 0.24 +0.24% 1 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 40,523 0.56% -33.70% 39 2 -4
  Total   264,903 100% - 128 24 +6
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Key
PNM= People's National Movement; PP=People's Partnership; ILP=Independent Labour Party; IND = Inpendent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
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