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General Election Results - 15 October 1951

General elections for all members of Legislative Council were held on Monday, 15 October 1951.  This was the first election after the introduction of universal adult suffrage in 1951.

The Legislative Council consisted of the Administrator, two ex-officio Members, three Nominated Members, and eight Elected Members.  The ex officio Members were the Crown Attorney and the Treasurer.  The Nominated members were appointed by the Governor.  Elected members were chosen by popular vote on a “first-past-the-post” basis.

The United Workers Peasants and Ratepayers Workers’ Union doubling as a political party under the banner of “Eighth Army of Liberation” fielded candidates for all eight seats at stake.  There were also six candidates from the Worker’s Association and eight independents in the race.

The result was a victory for the Eighth Army of Liberation, which won all eight seats.  Their election manifesto promised “A Better Day, A Brighter Day, and a More Prosperous Day.”

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
Total Valid Votes 17,812
Invalid Votes 1,298
Total Votes Cast 19,110
Population 69,000
Voting Age Population 27,324
Registered Voters 27,409
Voter Turnout 69.72%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Parliament -
Nomination Day Mon, 10 Sep 1951
Polling Day Mon, 15 Oct 1951
First Meeting of Parliament Thu, 1 Nov 1951
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo George CHARLES
Eight Arms of Liberation (EAL)
  Photo
Workers' Association (WA)
RELATED RESOURCES
The Saint Vincent (Legislative Council) Order in Council, 1951 Download report
Legislative Council (Elections) Rules, 1951 Download report
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code  Votes Number of Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Eighth Army of Liberation EAL 12,544 70.42% - 8 8 -
  Workers' Association WA 3,203 17.98% - 6 0 -
  Independents IND 2,065 11.59% - 8 0 -
  Total Valid Votes Total 17,812 100% - 22 8 -
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
North Leeward 1,794 1,093 - 2,887
South Leeward 2,106 - 243 2,349
Kingstown 1,065 861 252 2,178
St. George 1,726 314 89 2,129
South Windward 1,834 186 137 2,157
Central Windward 1,634 277 215 2,126
North Windward 1,572 472 436 2,480
Grenadines 813 - 693 1,506
Total 12,544 3,203 2,065 17,812
ELECTED MEMBERS OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  Representative Party
North Leeward   SLATER, Samuel Eric Eight Army of Liberation
South Leeward   YOUNG, Herman Fraser Eight Army of Liberation
Kingstown   BAYNES, Rudolph Elliott Eight Army of Liberation
St. George   BAYNES, Julian Augustus Eight Army of Liberation
South Windward   MORGAN, Evans Berkley Eight Army of Liberation
Central Windward   CHARLES, George Hamilton Eight Army of Liberation
North Windward   JOSHUA, Ebernezer Theodore Eight Army of Liberation
Grenadines   TANNIS, Clive Leonard Eight Army of Liberation
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Key
DRP= Democratic Republican Party; NDP = New Democratic Party; SVGP = St. Vincent and the Grenadines Green Party; ULP = Unity Labour Party; IND = Independent; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
The Electoral Office of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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