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Trinidad and Tobago General Election Results - 7 September 2015
Parliament Building, Trinidad and Tobago

General Elections were held in Trinidad and Tobago on 7 September 2017 for all 41 seats in the House of Representatives.

Electoral System

The 41 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 2010 general elections were won by the People's Partnership(PP) coalition, an alliance of the United National Congress (UNC), the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC), the Congress of the People (COP) and the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP). The PP took 29 of the 41 seats, with the People's National Movement (PNM) winning the other 12. Prior to the 2015 general elections, two by-elections were held in St Joseph and Chaguanas West, which saw the seats held by the PP won by the PNM and Independent Liberal Party (ILP) respectively.

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 127 candidates contested the election for 17 different political parties, with another five running as independents. The PNM was the only party to contest all 41 seats, and only two other parties contested more than half the seats; the United National Congress ran in 28 and the ILP in 26.

The COP ran in eight seats, the Laventille Outreach for Vertical Enrichment, the NJAC, New National Vision and Trinidad Humanity Campaign all contested three seats, whilst Tobago Forwards, the TOP and the Platform of Truth ran in two. The other parties only nominated a single candidate, including the Democratic Development Party, the Independent Democratic Party, the National Coalition for Transportation, the New Voice, the Youth Empowerment Party and the Youth, National Organisations, Farmers Unification, Policy Reformation.

The UNC, NJAC, COP and TOP again ran under the PP banner, and did not run candidates against each other.

Campaign

During the election campaign, the major parties focused on social policies, measures to tackle corruption and violent crime, as well as ways to diversify the country’s oil-based economy. 

Results

The People's National Movement (PNM), led by Mr. Keith Rowley, regained power after five years in opposition, taking 23 of 41 seats at stake.  Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's People's Partnership (PP, see note) took the remaining 18 seats.

On 9 September, Mr. Rowley was sworn in as Prime Minister. 

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 67.27%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 41 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 732,340
Invalid Votes 2,452
Total Votes Cast 734,792
Registered Voters 1,092,279
Voter Turnout 67.27%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Wed, 17 Jun 2015
Nomination Day Mon, 17 Aug 2015
Polling Day Mon, 7 Sep 2015
First Meeting of Parliament Wed, 23 Sep 2015
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Keith ROWLEY
People's National Movement (PNM)
  Photo Kamla PERSAD_BISSESSAR
People's Partnership (PP)
  Photo Jack WARNER
Independent Labour Party (ILP)
ELECTION REPORTS
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SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  People's National Movement Winner PNM 378,447 51.68% +11.98% 41 23 +11
  United National Congress (PP) UNC 290,066 39.61% -4.11% 28 17 -4
  Congress of the People (PP) COP 43,991 6.01% -8.12% 8 1 -5
  National Joint Action Committee (PP) NJAC 5,790 0.79% +0.79% 3 0 -
  Tobago Organisation of the People (PP) TOP 1,750 0.24% -1.88% 2 0 -2
  Independent Labour Party ILP 5,123 0.70% +0.70% 26 0 -
  Tobago Forwards TF 2,162 0.30% +0.30% 2 0 -
  New National Vision NNV 883 0.12% -0.16% 3 0 -
  The Platform of Truth TPT 469 0.06% +0.06% 2 0 -
  Laventille Outreach for Vertical Enrichment LOVE 344 0.05% +0.05% 3 0 -
  National Coalition for Transportation NCT 331 0.05% +0.05% 1 0 -
  Democratic Development Party DDP 153 0.02% +0.02% 1 0 -
  Trinidad Humanity Campaign THC 138 0.02% +0.02% 3 0 -
  Independent Democratic Party IDP 108 0.01% +0.01% 1 0 -
  The New Voice TNV 101 0.01% +0.01% 1 0 -
  Youth, National Organisations, Farmers Unification, Policy Reformation YOUR 74 0.01% +0.01% 1 0 -
  Youth Empowerment Party YEP 34 0.00% +0.00% 1 0 -
  Independent Candidates IND 2,376 0.32% +0.28% 5 0 -
  Total   732,340 100% - 132 41 -
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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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