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Trinidad and Tobago General Election Results - 4 December 1961
Parliament Building, Trinidad and Tobago

General Elections were held in Trinidad and Tobago on 4 December 1961 for all 30 seats in the House of Representatives. The number of seats had been incresed from 24 prior to the election.

Electoral System

The 30 members of the House of Representatives are elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting.

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 69 candidates and four political parties contested the 1961 election.

Results

The result was a victory for the People's National Movement, which won 20 of the 30 seats.

Trinidad & Tobago formally achieved its independence from Britain and became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations on 31 August 1962.  

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 88.11%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 30 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 333,363
Invalid Votes 149
Total Votes Cast 333,512
Registered Voters 378,511
Voter Turnout 88.11%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Nomination Day Wed, 15 Nove 1961
Polling Day Mon, 4 Dec 1961
First Meeting of Parliament Fri, 29 Dec 1961
RELATED RESOURCES
Representation of the People Act Download report
Constitution Act Download report
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  People's National Movement Winner PNM 190,003 57.00% +17.39% 30 20 +7
  Democratic Labour Party DLP 138,910 41.67% +41.67% 30 10 +10
  African National Congress ANC 1,634 0.49% +0.49% 3 0 -
  Butler Party BP 1,314 0.39% -11.34% 4 0 -2
  Independent Candidates IND 1,502 0.45% +0.45% 2 0 -
  Total   333,363 100% - 69 30 +6
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PNM - People's National Movement
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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
Elections and Boundaries Commission of Trinidad and Tobago
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