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Trinidad and Tobago General Election Results - 7 November 1966
Parliament Building, Trinidad and Tobago

General Elections were held in Trinidad and Tobago on 7 November 1966 for all 36 seats in the House of Representatives. The number of seats had been incresed from 30 prior to the election.

Electoral System

The 36 members of the House of Representatives are elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting. There is no fixed election date in effect in Trinidad and at this time; hence, the choice of election date is the prerogative of the Prime Minister.

Background

This was the first election to be held since the country attained independence on 31 August 1962.

Political Parties & Candidates

Seven political parties contested the 1966 election.

Results

The result was a victory for the People's National Movement, which won 24 of the 36 seats. The Democratic Labor Party (DLP) won 12 seats in the House of Representatives.  

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 65.79%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 36 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 302,402
Invalid Votes 146
Total Votes Cast 302,548
Registered Voters 459,839
Voter Turnout 65.79%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Thu, 25 Aug 1966
Polling Day Mon, 7 Nov 1966
First Meeting of Parliament Fri. 25 Nov 1966
RELATED RESOURCES
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SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  People's National Movement Winner PNM 158,573 52.44% -4.56% - 24 +4
  Democratic Labour Party DLP 102,792 33.99% -7.68% - 12 +2
  Liberal Party LP 26,870 8.89% +8.89% - 0 -
  Workers and Farmers Party WFP 10,484 3.47% +3.47% - 0 -
  People's Democratic Party PDP 943 0.31% +0.31% - 0 -
  British Empire Citizens' and Workers' Home Rule Party BEC WHRP 704 0.23% +0.23% - 0 -
  Seukeran Independent Party SIP 569 0.19% +0.19% - 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 1,467 0.49% +0.03% - 0 -
  Total   302,402 100% - - 36 +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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