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Trinidad and Tobago General Election Results - 13 September 1976
Parliament Building, Trinidad and Tobago

General Elections were held in Trinidad and Tobago on 13 September 1976 for all 36 seats in the House of Representatives.

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

The September 1976 election was the first since Trinidad and Tobago became a Republic within the British Commonwealth under a new Constitution on 1 August 1976.

Political Parties & Candidates

As opposed to the previous election in 1971, which had been boycotted by the main opposition parties and had thus resulted in the total success of the People's National Movement (PNM) party, the 1976 poll was contested by 11 political parties and a number of independent candidates. Among these figured prominently the newly-founded leftist United Labour Front (ULF) and the Democratic Action Congress. In total, 269 candidates contested the 1976 election.

Results

Final results gave the PNM 24 seats, the same number it had won in 1966 when the last fully contested election was held in the country.  The United Labour Front (ULF) won ten seats ad the Democratic Action Congress (DAC) won the two seats from Tobago.

The New PNM Cabinet formed by . Eric Williams, Prime Minister since 1956, was sworn in on September 22.

The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago was officially proclaimed on 26 September 1976.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 55.93%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 36 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 311,985
Invalid Votes 3,824
Total Votes Cast 315,809
Registered Voters 564,646
Voter Turnout 55.93%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Fri, 18 Jun 1976
Nomination Day Mon, 30 Aug 1976
Polling Day Mon, 13 Sep 1976
First Meeting of Parliament Fri, 24 Sep 1976
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 169,194 54.23% -29.91% 36 24 -12
  United Labour Front ULF 84,780 27.17% +27.17% 26 10 +10
  Democratic Action Congress DAC 25,586 8.20% +8.20% 36 2 +2
  Tapia House Movement THM 12,021 3.85% +3.85% 29 0 -
  Democratic Labour Party DLP 9,404 3.01% +3.01% 35 0 -
  Social Democratic Labour Party SDLP 5,928 1.90% +1.90% 34 0 -
  West Indian National Party WINP 1,242 0.40% +0.40% 26 0 -
  United Freedom Party UFP 1,047 0.34% +0.34% 21 0 -
  Liberation Action Party LAP 872 0.28% +0.28% 19 0 -
  National Trinidad and Tobago Party NTTP 115 0.04% +0.04% 1 0 -
  Young People's National Party YPNP 104 0.03% +0.03% 1 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 1,692 0.54% -0.30% 5 0 -
  Total   311,985 100% - 269 36 -
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Key
PNM= People's National Movement; PP=People's Partnership; ILP=Independent Labour Party; IND = Inpendent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
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