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General Election Results - 16 August 1954

General elections for all members of Legislative Council were held on Monday, 16 August 1954.

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 Ebenezer Joshua led People’s Political party fielded eight candidates, while there were 19 independents.  Five of the eight seats were won by independents and the remaining three by the PPP.  Voter turnout was 59.8%. 

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
Total Valid Votes 15,640
Invalid Votes 1,825
Total Votes Cast 17,465
Population 72,000
Voting Age Population 28,584
Registered Voters 29,188
Voter Turnout 59.84%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Parliament Thu, 15 Jul 1954
Nomination Day Thu, 29 Jul 1954
Polling Day Mon, 16 Aug 1954
First Meeting of Parliament Thu, 9 Sep 1954
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Ebenezer JOSHUA
People's Political Party (PPP)
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
  People's Political Party PPP 6,301 40.29% +40.3% 8 3 +3
  Independents IND 9,339 59.71% +48.1% 19 5 +5
  Total Valid Votes Total 15,640 100% - 27 8 -
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
North Leeward 3,832 1,515 1,465 2,980 140 3,120 81.42%
South Leeward 3,605 1,514 323 1,837 184 2,021 56.06%
Kingstown 4,308 596 1,207 1,803 107 1,910 44.34%
St. George 3,906 482 1,360 1,842 252 2,094 53.61%
South Windward 3,854 35 1,958 1,993 546 2,539 65.88%
Central Windward 3,898 422 1,542 1,964 264 2,228 57.16%
North Windward 3,659 1,614 427 2,041 177 2,218 60.62%
Grenadines 2,126 123 1,057 1,180 155 1,335 62.79%
Total 29,188 6,301 9,339 15,640 1,825 17,465 59.84%
ELECTED MEMBERS OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  Representative Party
North Leeward   JOACHIM, Edmund Arnold People's Political Party
South Leeward   YOUNG, Herman Fraser People's Political Party
Kingstown   BAYNES, Rudolph Elliott Independent
St. George   BAYNES, Julian Augustus Independent
South Windward   LATHAM, Levi Calvert Independent
Central Windward   CHARLES, George Hamilton Independent
North Windward   JOSHUA, Ebenezer Theodore People's Political Party
Grenadines   TANNIS, Clive Leonard Independent
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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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